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Bachmann campaign raises $1 million in less than four weeks

Some thought it was a tough month for Michele Bachmann, what with all the heat she took from fellow Republicans over her remarks tying federal officials to fundamentalist Islamic groups. But her supporters are solidly behind the Minnesota Congresswoman and opened their wallets to prove it. Even so, some pundits see Bachmann drifting toward the margins of the national political scene.
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Michele Bachmann started July with $1.7 million in her re-election campaign fund and raked in another $1 million during the month's first 25 days. The Democratic challenger for Bachmann's Congressional seat, Jim Graves, started the month with less than $500,000 on hand.

Bachmann's fundraising success shows her supporters did not waver, even while she took heat from her own party for her remarks linking U.S. officials to a fundamentalist group, the Muslim Brotherhood. Still, the backlash may have cost Bachmann. One analyst tells Gannett News "As a national player, she's sort of done."

Meanwhile, Bachmann says she wants to work with Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison in a bipartisan effort to reduce Medicaid fraud. This, after she asserted Ellison has a long record of association with the Muslim Brotherhood -- a claim Ellison says is false.

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