How Much Money Will Bachmann Raise as a Non-Candidate?
The Congresswoman is still fundraising on her campaign website with a pitch that Democrats are “trying to defeat her” – even though she is retiring and won’t be on the ballot in 2014
Nearly two weeks after announcing she would not seek a 5th term from Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, Republican Michele Bachmann’s congressional campaign website is still locked and loaded to take in money.
The campaign’s donation page is still featured and functional with the following text at the top of the page:
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!
Of course, it is not unusual for officeholders to see funds trickle into their accounts after announcing their retirement from public office.
That said, Bachmann’s website perhaps could use a bit of an update as it leads the contributor to believe she will be running for elected office: “They will do, say and spend whatever it takes to defeat her.”
(Unless, perhaps, one takes a less literal meaning from the word ‘defeat’ to mean defeating Bachmann’s ideas).
In the first quarter of this year, Bachmann raised $678,665 – impressive for most House incumbents but down more than 60 percent from the same three-month period in 2011.
One suspects the Congresswoman, who apparently intends to remain somewhat in the media spotlight throughout the rest of her term, will raise significantly more money going forward than most of her retiree predecessors.
For example, consider the incoming receipts for the following well-known members of Congress who retired in the 2012 cycle:
· 16-term Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank: Announced his retirement in November 2011; raised $16,142 from January-December 2012.
· 15-term New York Democrat Gary Ackerman: Announced his retirement in mid-March 2012; raised $8,318 from April-December 2012.
· 15-term Indiana Republican Dan Burton: Announced his retirement in late January 2012; raised $8,606 from January-December 2012.
· 13-term California Republican Wally Herger: Announced his retirement in mid-January 2012; raised $5,387 from January-December 2012.
Bachmann has not officially ruled out another campaign in the current 2014 cycle or beyond – recently telling FOX’s Sean Hannity, “I may run for another public office.”
However, since her retirement announcement, Representative Bachmann has not issued a tweet on her campaign Twitter account, a press release on her campaign web site, or a post on her campaign Facebook account.
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Under law, will the congresswoman be able to personally keep any money left over in her campaign fund?
She can’t keep it for “personal” use, but she can hold that money in her account in case she wishes to run for federal elected office in the future.