Go to HHH home page.
Smart Politics
 


Bachmann Raised More Than $1K Per Day After Retirement Announcement

Bookmark and Share

Bachmann raised more than $1,000 per day in large donor contributions after May 29th - aided by a misleading fundraising message on her campaign website

MicheleBachmann15.jpgMichele Bachmann's announcement on May 29th that she would retire at the end of the term may have come as a surprise to some - but old habits die hard and dozens of Americans still kept giving to her congressional campaign.

The Congresswoman's decision prompted speculation as to whether her retirement was due to the various ethics investigations she faced, not wanting to engage in another close reelection battle against her (increasingly well-funded) 2012 challenger Jim Graves, or perhaps lingering effects of her failed presidential campaign.

Now, two months later, Bachmann and Graves are both out of Minnesota's 6th Congressional District race, the ethics investigations are still ongoing, and the only 2012 GOP alums still being talked about for 2016 presidential runs are Rick Perry and Rick Santorum.

Two weeks after Bachmann dropped out of the race, Smart Politics broke the news that the Congresswoman was still fundraising on her campaign website as if she was running for reelection.

The headline message on her campaign donation page at that time read:

Help Support Michele!

Obama and the Democrats are targeting Michele for speaking out against their extreme liberal agenda. They will do, say and spend whatever it takes to defeat her.

Please make a secure online contribution today to help defend Michele and the conservative values we share!

After the Smart Politics report was released and picked up by the national media, Representative Bachmann's campaign removed the outdated (and misleading) fundraising plea.

(Although, like many officeholders about to retire, she is still accepting contributions).

So, how much money did Bachmann raise during this two-week window after her retirement announcement in which she appeared to still be running for reelection?

Smart Politics tallied up Representative Bachmann's itemized, large donor contributions from FEC reports that came in to her campaign account during the two week period beginning May 30th - the day after her retirement announcement - through June 12th when the Smart Politics report began circulating through the media.

During this 14-day window, Bachmann received $15,195 in large donor money, or an average of $1,085 per day.

(Note: That amount does not include the $3,648 sent to the campaign on the day of her retirement announcement).

During the next 18 days after the Smart Politics report was issued to the end of the quarter, however, Bachmann received a total of only $475 in large donor funds, or an average of just $26 per day.

It is unclear how much unitemized (small donor) money Bachmann took in during the fortnight after announcing her decision to retire, but here is an estimate:

During this quarter, Bachmann - as has been the hallmark of her fundraising prowess over the years - received substantially more money in small donations: $614,074 for the Q2 2013 period.

The $15,195 Bachmann raised in large donor funds during the two-week period in question was 7.6 percent of the $200,773 in such contributions she received for the entire quarter.

At a rate of 7.6 percent, it is estimated the Congresswoman received approximately $46,700 in small donor, unitemized contributions during this two-week window, or $3,335 per day.

All told, while it is a far cry from her fundraising heydays, Bachmann's campaign account raised between a minimum average of $1,100 per day to an estimated average high of $5,000 per day while her website was giving the impression she was still running for reelection.

Follow Smart Politics on Twitter.

Previous post: The 10 Oldest Freshmen US Representatives in Minnesota History
Next post: Harry Byrd's Death Leaves 167 Living Ex-Senators

1 Comment


  • $1,000 per day is a lot of money, I can't even imagine what would I do If I were her :)

  • Leave a comment


    Remains of the Data

    Plurality-Winning Governors Elected At Century-Long High Water Mark

    The rate of gubernatorial candidates elected without the support of a majority of voters is at its highest level since the 1910s.

    Political Crumbs

    Seeing Red

    Congressman Nick Rahall's failed bid for a 20th term in West Virginia this cycle, combined with a narrow loss by Nick Casey to Alex Mooney in Shelley Moore Capito's open seat, means that West Virginia Democrats will be shut out of the state's U.S. House delegation for the first time in over 90 years. The Republican sweep by two-term incumbent David McKinley in the 1st CD, Mooney in the 2nd, and Evan Jenkins over Rahall in the 3rd marks the first time the GOP has held all seats in the chamber from West Virginia since the Election of 1920. During the 67th Congress (1921-1923) all six seats from the state were controlled by the GOP. Since the Election of 1922, Democrats have won 76 percent of all U.S. House elections in the Mountain State - capturing 172 seats compared to 54 for the GOP.


    Home Field Advantage?

    When the 114th Congress convenes in a few days, Maine will be represented by one home-grown U.S. Representative: Waterville-born Republican Bruce Poliquin. With the departure of Millinocket-born Mike Michaud, who launched a failed gubernatorial bid, the Pine Tree State was poised to send a House delegation to D.C. without any Maine-born members for the first time since 1821. Three-term U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (born in Minnesota) coasted to reelection as expected, however Poliquin edged Kentucky-born Emily Cain by 5.3 points to keep the streak alive. Since 1876, a total of 208 of the 222 candidates elected to the nation's lower legislative chamber from the state have been born in Maine, or 94 percent.


    more POLITICAL CRUMBS

    Humphrey School Sites
    CSPG
    Humphrey New Media Hub

    Issues />

<div id=
    Abortion
    Afghanistan
    Budget and taxes
    Campaign finances
    Crime and punishment
    Economy and jobs
    Education
    Energy
    Environment
    Foreign affairs
    Gender
    Health
    Housing
    Ideology
    Immigration
    Iraq
    Media
    Military
    Partisanship
    Race and ethnicity
    Reapportionment
    Redistricting
    Religion
    Sexuality
    Sports
    Terrorism
    Third parties
    Transportation
    Voting