Fox News: Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., raised a combined total of $2.2 million in the first quarter of 2011, outgaining presumed presidential contender Mitt Romney who raised $1.9 million over the same period.Bachmann's political action committee, MichelePAC, raised $500,000 while her Congressional reelection fund took in $1.7 million. The funds raised for her Congressional reelection could be transferred to any federal campaign, including one for president. [MORE]
That is pretty damn impressive. Bachmann made the money from mostly small donors and that means votes. If people are willing to give you their money, then they are just as willing to give you their votes.
I think in 2012, the true conservative candidates will have no problem attracting small donors. This is because the base is clamoring for the real deal and not another establishment type. If the conservative base coalesces around one conservative candidate, then big donors or not it is bye-bye Mitt.
Via: Fox News