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Bachmann's Obama Criticism Aids Opponent

Minnesotan Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann's comments Friday on MSNBC's Hardball that Barack Obama held "anti-American" views have spurred campaign donations for her Democratic opponent, Elwyn Tinklenberg, reported The Star Tribune.

After Bachmann's interview, Tinklenberg's campaign reported 9,000 donations from around the country totaling about $450,000. In contrast, Tinklenberg raised about $300,000 in the five weeks since Aug. 21st, reported The Pioneer Press.

Bachmann repeatedly said she was "concerned" about Obama's ties to his former pastor Jeremiah Wright, and BIll Ayers, former member of the radical anti-war group the Weather Underground in the 1960s and '70s, characterizing them as anti-American leftists.

Additionally, Bachmann said she would welcome a full media investigation into all U.S. Congress members, saying she hopes the media can expose others with anti-American tendencies and beliefs.