Federal Politics

Published — June 27, 2011 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Michele Bachmann runs against the government she has benefited from

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Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann officially announced her entry into the GOP presidential race Monday with a fiery anti-government speech in Iowa.

“Government keeps trying to erase that spirit because government thinks it knows better how to spend our money, how to make a better life for us, they think they create jobs, they even think they can make us healthier,” Bachmann told the crowd. “But that’s not the case.”

Despite Bachmann’s stance as a foe of government spending, she has been willing in the past to accept government spending. As initially reported last fall by the iWatch News report “Stimulating Hypocrisy,” Bachmann sent at least six letters to the federal government requesting stimulus funds for pet projects in her home state. Bachmann has stated that the stimulus law was a “failure” and that it did not create any jobs, but wrote Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood that a project to replace a bridge in St. Croix would create nearly 3,000 jobs. And last weekend, the Los Angeles Times reported that a clinic owned by her husband and a family farm have both received federal subsidiaries.

And in this election season, fiery speeches and early showing in the polls may not be enough. Campaigns need money and support structures to be successful. In January, iWatch reported on lobbyists who were bundling money. Bachmann listed just $23,825.10 in bundled contributions. In May, we reported that Bachmann had yet to raise any money via state level PACs, a key tool for Presidential contenders. If this trend continues, Bachmann may not make it much further than her Iowa hometown of Waterloo.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

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Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

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At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT