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Bachmann Raised $4.2 Million in Second Quarter

Bachmann Raised $4.2 Million in Second Quarter

By Caitlin Huey-Burns - July 15, 2011


Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) raised $4.2 million for her presidential campaign in the second quarter, according to her campaign. Half of the second quarter total was raised in the past 2½ weeks and the rest has been transferred from the congresswoman's congressional campaign account.

The campaign received contributions from more than 88,000 people, and the average donation amount was $48. Bachmann currently has $3.6 million cash on hand.

"Having gotten into the race a little over a month ago, we are pleased with the progress of our fundraising numbers," said Bachmann in a statement. "I am especially proud of our grassroots fundraising efforts which indicate we are receiving the bulk of our contributions from the average hard-working American. We are just now starting to reach out to major donors and look forward to a successful 3rd quarter fundraising effort."

Candidates have until midnight on Friday to report their finances to the Federal Election Commission. Once filed, the campaign's financial records, which also list donors, become public.

Bachmann is among the last of the White House contenders to disclose second quarter fundraising totals to the public ahead of the FEC deadline. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney brought in $18.25 million. Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty each hauled in $4.5 million; former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, $4.1 million; businessman Herman Cain, $2.48 million; and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, $2 million. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's campaign announced Friday that it raised $582,348 in the quarter.

Earlier this week, President Obama's re-election campaign announced a second quarter haul of $47 million. Obama 2012 has teamed up with the Democratic National Committee to form a joint fundraising entity, which raised an additional $38 million in the past three months.

Caitlin Huey-Burns is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at chueyburns@realclearpolitics.com. Follow her on Twitter @CHueyBurnsRCP.

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