Skip to comments.Bachmann raised just $4.2 million in second quarter (Way behind Mitt Romney)
Posted on 07/15/2011 6:03:59 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Half that amount was raised in a mere 18 days after she formally declared her candidacy, but given her reputation as a fundraising juggernaut, the bottom-line number sure does look anemic next to Romney’s $18 million haul. At Commentary, Jonathan Tobin wonders if she’s ready for prime time:
Bachmanns excuses for this showing will center on the fact that at the start of the quarter she barely had a campaign, let alone the sort of organization that would allow her to rake in the big bucks. Her Internet fundraising operation, key to a grass roots populist candidacy such as hers, so far lacks the sophistication and promotional efforts needed for her to harness the energy of enthusiastic Tea Party and conservative Christian backers…
Having lifted herself from the second tier to leading alternative to the frontrunner in just a few weeks, Bachmann no longer has the ability to fly below the radar. The congresswomans fast start has set high expectations that require her to do more than just skate by. If Bachmanns performance in the Iowa straw poll in August or the next fundraising report again falls short of what we believe a first-tier candidate must do, her hopes will suffer.
Does anyone think she’ll fall short of a first-tier showing in the straw poll? My assumption’s been that, at worst, she’ll finish second. Bachmann’s also in an odd spot in that, even after her poll surge, no one’s sure how seriously to take her yet. She could bleed lots of support if Perry/Palin get in (which, in Perry’s case, sounds likely) — or, if they don’t, she might surge as tea partiers and social cons choose her as their undisputed standard-bearer. If Romney, Pawlenty, and Ron Paul do a solid job of organizing for the straw poll, Bachmann could finish surprisingly badly there and have to endure a “paper tiger” narrative that leaves would-be donors looking for an alternative. Or maybe she’ll destroy them all and suddenly attract big money as people start to view her as a legitimate threat. Point being, except for T-Paw, no one has as much riding on Ames as Bachmann does. It’s almost pointless to look at their respective balance sheets now since things will change dramatically next month one way or another. But if you do want to look at those sheets, here’s a line to chew on: Although T-Paw outraised her for the quarter (he took in $4.5 million), he had just $1.4 million in cash on hand at the start of July before the big push to Ames. Bachmann has more than $3.6 million, although it’s not clear right now how much of that is for the primary rather than the general. Presumably most of it is, which means Pawlenty’s already in the hole money-wise while he’s trying to catch up in the polls. (Speaking of being in the hole, a factoid from Matt Lewis: Gingrich’s campaign is more than a million dollars in debt — and half of that amount is due to chartering private planes.)
Lest you think Bachmann’s not serious about the nomination, here’s CNN’s report today about her leaving her church in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod last month before her official announcement. Per Lutheran tradition, WELS names the Papacy as the Antichrist; Bachmann, presumably fearing a Rev. Wright problem next year, decided to limit her exposure early, I guess. Undaunted, the left’s seized on an exciting new meme that gives them the chance to attack an ideological opponent while indulging in the sort of cheap jokes that they’ve otherwise derided for years: They think Bachmann’s husband, whose clinic aims to turn gays straight, is totally, totally gay himself. Can’t wait for the Obama attack ad.
Who the hell is giving money to Romney?
That is what I want to know. I just heard how much Romney made and the first thing that I said was “Who the hell is giving this guy money?” Probably the DNC
All I know is that Bachmann’s campaign is falling short of expectations in raising money.
If this trend does not improve, I highly doubt if she’ll make it past a few states before dropping off due to fund exhaustion.
For better or worse it takes big money to run a national campaign, if Bachmann can’t attract $ it’s all over for her.
Money can’t buy you love. Unless you are Obama, he doesn’t buy love, he buys votes from the special interest groups such as unions. He buys ciggies, box lunches, Ipods and TVs for the welfare sheeple.
Disappointing political calculation to leave her church. Nobody cares about that stuff.
Well with the Palin supporters attacking Bachmann, all they’ve really done is helped Romney.
Like it or not, both women need to be in the race or Palin will be eaten alive by the RINOs and all the wishful thinking in the world won’t matter a bit.
Why don’t you tell their mommy on them.
Help Romney? Where’s the proof?
I have no respect for pathetic cowards like you and feel no need to answer.
You may go now.
Romney’s got corporate PACs. He is the RINO the MSM keeps pushing. The “powers that be” are afraid of a real conservative.
No chance on the planet I vote for Romney and, no, I don’t care that Obama may get term 2. It’s time to send a message to the GOP.
Romney’s money is coming from lobbyists. Here’s the breakdown:
Sadly I’m not seeing nearly as many attacks on Romney at FR than I am on Michelle Bachmann. I mean who the hell do people think they’re helping by giving Romney a pass so they can attack Bachmann?
Which says a lot about the lack of moral, ethics and class of those attacking her.
My guess it is the candidate of those doing the attacking that will ultimately have to face the backlash coming because of it.
If she keeps leading in Iowa, things will improve.
What can toads like you say that you haven’t already said? At least without getting banned?
I can’t remember the last Romney thread I saw at FR. It’s hard to run threads on a guy who is usually in hiding. I don’t expect to hear from Mitt until the debt cap debate is ended.
Bet you are a U-M fan. We’re both from Michigan and we hardly ever agree on anything.
As much snot blowing as you do, I expect you to take care of it.
I wasn’t the one wetting my pants over it. And it wasn’t a lie. Check several posts up.
There are like 7 RINOs in the race now with more chattering about entering. I don’t care how strong Sarah Palin is, she doesn’t stand a chance facing them all on her own.
I personally prefer to help both of them because I could easily vote for either of them but if things continue the way they are, we’ll be looking at Romney as the nominee.
Bachmann is running incredibly strong despite the endless barrage. She would get a big boost if the Palin supporters gave he some support and when Palin gets in she’ll run strong anyway.
I look at it in NASCAR terms of drafting. Running alone in the pack, you’ll get nowhere but if you partner with someone you can compete with the pack and worry about the checkered flag later.
She is spending very fast also. She entered too early.
Not a big fan of college sports and don’t even know if UofM even has a baseball team.
I supppose I’m a UofM fan by proximity. I’m just a few miles closer to Ann Arbor than I am to Lansing. Hillsdale college is about the same distance (with a Tea party express stop coming up in September)
Beats Metro Detroit, where I live.
I’m in the southeastern corner of Jackson county. Near Napoleon.
We attack him but since no one is defending him or promoting him here, there isn’t much fresh we can do, it would be like talking about Obama all the time, which we don’t do either, are you two running a lot of Romney threads that we are missing or ignoring, or was that just phony indignation?
By the way, it looks like the Romney thread I just posted on an hour ago, was pulled.
You said it! What, people think that “well, at least Romney’s a Republican?” I have NEVER seen anyone flip flop as much as he and I’ve been voting since Goldwater. And where is he during these debt ceiling talks)? He’s lying low because he doesn’t want one more thing he’s going to have to flip on.
he’s a slimy prig. He is not to be trusted. And he is the poster child for RINO.
Romney should be the primary target for elimination right now. I don’t expect Newt to be in much longer but that still leaves plenty of RINOs in the herd.
Absolutely! It’s like the sport’s adage ... if you allow the other team to hang around, they will come back and beat you. How do you think we got McCain?
By the way, it looks like the Romney thread I just posted on an hour ago, was pulled.Romney threads are not allowed. It's a standing order and has been for sometime now.
Dollars do not win elections.
An awful lot of conservative dollars are wasted.
Linda McMahon R CT-SEN $46,600,161 488,885 $95/vote Lost
Meg Whitman R CA-GOV $175,000,000 3,088,070 $57/vote Lost
If you look down this list of the top 10 in $$/vote, only 2 were winners.
Agreed that there are many factors in winning, but having more money is surely not any predictor.
Lesson learned: Dollars sent to show support are a waste. Conservative dollars must be on target where it matters.
Otherwise, we waste our resources.
I regret my wasted contributions to Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Joe Miller...
The nice thing about Michelle is that she DOESN’T NEED TO raise much money. Her labor costs are NOTHING, thanks to people who believe in her.
Now for Romney...yea, he’ll get helpers...at a price.
These jackasses here hurt Sarah far more than they help...it’s one of FRs lower ebbs I can recall
Some of it from former anti freepers
I suspect hundreds of thousands of people are waiting for Sarah Palin’s decision prior to making their contributions. If Sarah doesn’t run, that money will go to Bachmann or Cain. It’s not going to Romney.
People aren't donating much to anyone in the field because it is still very early.
Mittens has his old Mormon donors ( and believe me, that is a huge group ), his old corporate/lobbiest buds; however, all of his money, the last time around didn't do him one bit of good.
It will be quite interesting if the Great Pumpkin never emerges and Romney actually wins the nomination.
The Great Pumpkin, LOL!!
You and me both...I spent equal to a nice vacation at Seaside on christine, angle, the alaska guy and others who lost
Caught up in a faux social conservatism zenith...lol
Anyone expecting the fat cats on K-Street to throw cash at Bachmann haven’t been paying attention.
I personally am not donating until I know if Perry’s getting in. No sense throwing good money after bad if he does. If he’s not in by Labor Day, I’ll pony-up. If he’s in, I’m saving my wad for congressional races.