Michele Bachmann Wants You to Panic
In the annals of hyperbole, few candidates stand out like Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. She's figured out that the formula for raising big bucks involves breathless pleas for immediate cash, lest the evil liberals knock her out of office.
At least that's the sense one gets from reading her emails. "I need you to read this," reads a fundraising plea from last week. In June, her email list got an "URGENT note from Michele." Today, campaign manager Chase Kroll has an even more startling revelation: "Moments ago, I got off the phone with a campaign insider who I trust very much. Frankly he is an expert in campaign finances and analyzing how the Democrats plan to spend their money," Kroll wrote. "He just informed me about Michele's opponent and the Democrats' plan to pour additional millions into Minnesota for just one purpose -- defeating Michele Bachmann."
Bachmann has repeatedly warned her email list about businessman Jim Graves, her opponent this year. Graves has the ability to fund much of his own campaign -- he's already given himself $250,000, according to his most recent FEC report -- and that's cause for huge alarm in Bachmann's campaign.
"A $100,000 check. That's how much money my opponent just wrote himself to kick off his campaign -- and campaign insiders tell me he is prepared to spend millions," Bachmann wrote in April. (One continually marvels at Bachmann's "campaign insider" sources.) After Graves filed his second quarter report, Bachmann was even more nervous: "My Democrat opponent has raised over $500,000 -- but what is worse -- he has loaned his campaign $250,000. Unfortunately, I'm afraid this is just the beginning."
"Of course, being such a vocal proponent of constitutional conservatism and an opponent of President Obama and his disastrous policies has made me a top target for defeat this year. That's why the liberals have gone so far as to recruit and nominate a liberal multi-millionaire from Minneapolis with the ability to pour millions of personal wealth into the campaign to defeat me," Bachmann warned in that same email. "Make no mistake, they're putting everything they have directly into my race and it's absolutely critical that I'm not outspent in this race!"
Never let the facts get in the way of a good scare line. For one thing, Graves has raised a total of $246,201 so far this year. Add in the $250,000 he's given himself and he falls just short of the half-million dollar mark. And everything Democrats have? Graves hasn't even made the DCCC's Red to Blue program, which spotlights the party's top candidates. If Graves gets everything Democrats have, someone might want to alert the other 66 candidates who made the DCCC's list.