The first quarter of 2011 has concluded and the top Republican fundraiser these first 3 months of the year was Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann. This comes somewhat as a surprise given that names such as Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich were unable to top Bachmann though they have spent more time gearing up for likely 2012 campaigns.

Report from the Washington Post:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) raised more than $2 million in political contributions over the first 90 days of 2011, she reported Friday — a sum that serves as a reminder of her fundraising prowess as the 2012 Republican presidential campaign enters a crucial early stage.

The Minnesota conservative raised $1.7 million for her congressional reelection fund and an additional $500,000 for her federal political action committee.

Her donation total slightly exceeds the $1.8 million former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney announced Thursday that he brought in via his Free and Strong America PAC in the first quarter. Candidates can transfer money from their personal campaign committee to a presidential account but not from a political action committee.

Bachmann’s strong first quarter showing comes on the heels of her raising $13.5 million for her 2010 campaign, by far the largest total compiled by any House challenger or incumbent for a single election.

The impressive first-quarter numbers give Bachmann and Romney a bit of a tailwind heading into the most crucial three-month period for presidential contenders to establish their financial bona fides.

Bachmann clearly has fundraising power among her base of dedicated supporters, however, the real test will be the next quarter when the other major candidates begin a fundraising blitz and begin seriously courting their donors.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Thomas,

    Ron Paul raised more money in general but it was mostly through his PAC and cannot be used on a federal campaign. Thus, for the Presidential campaign, Bachman raised the highest amount.

    Source:

    The Texas congressman raised $1 million through his federal PAC and $2 million through Campaign for Liberty, a 501C(4) which cannot transfer funds directly to political organizations. Paul’s fundraising documents, to be filed later Thursday with the FEC, will also show he has $1.7 million on hand in his congressional campaign account.

    Bachman’s cash is only counting dollars which can be used toward a Presidential election.

    Thanks for the insult though. Ron Paul (and I mostly agree with him) supporters are the friendliest bunch when trying to point out errors.

    • See my response to Thomas JOhnson. Thanks for insulting before you take a second to read. Also, this article is from April.

  2. Another scam article meant to discredit Ron Paul’s front runner status. I just hope the people who read this article take the time to do their own research. And vote for Ron Paul

    • See my response to Thomas JOhnson. Thanks for insulting before you take a second to read. Also, this article is from April.

      I hope you do you research by actually READING the article and my response.

  3. <blockquote cite="This comes somewhat as a surprise given that names such as Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich were unable to top Bachmann though they have spent more time gearing up for likely 2012 campaigns.”>

    It’s sad that you make no mention of Paul as a major candidate. His non-campaign funds will still be used to promote his message, and his determined supporters and overall fundraising prowess shouldn’t be ignored. Polls that the general public can access usually put Ron Paul ahead by a significant margin, and yet people like you only consider the ‘same old politicians’ who have put this country in danger with their corruption, unrealistic promises, and aggressive foreign policy.

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