Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has purchased TV advertising time for the next two weeks with a Minneapolis station, according to filings with the Federal Communications Commission.
Beginning Thursday, Bachmann's campaign will air 31 30-second spots on KMSP, a local Fox affiliate, for $14,565 over the course of 12 days, according to the filing. A Democratic source tracking the buy said Bachmann's total TV reservation across all channels was $85,000. The Fox contract lists Bachmann's buyer as Crossroads Media, an Alexandria-based firm that counts Bachmann among their clients. Crossroads would not confirm the buy, say if time had been purchased on other stations as well, or describe the contents of the advertising; the firm cited a company policy against talking to the media. Operatives with connections to Bachmann would not confirm the buy.
Overall, Bachmann's campaign isn't spending that much, but it is notable at this early stage of the 2014 election cycle. Bachmann has already been targeted for defeat by House Majority PAC, the leading House Democratic super PAC, and the opponent she narrowly beat in 2012, Democrat Jim Graves, has already said he's running again. But buying TV ads in May of a non-election year is an extremely unusual move.
Bachmann has already had an eventful week: She is the sponsor of a new bill to repeal Obamacare that will come to the House floor Thursday, and last Friday, she expressed worry that the Internal Revenue Service would, in its implementation of Obamacare, "deny or delay access to health care" for conservatives.