Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota's most agile congressional fundraiser, is looking to spread the wealth.
The Stillwater Republican followed in the footsteps of practically the entire Minnesota delegation on Friday by creating a leadership PAC, a fund designed to funnel money to conservative candidates across the country.
The name? Many Individual Conservatives Helping Elect Leaders Everywhere ... or MICHELEPAC.
Bachmann's creation of a leadership PAC is hardly a surprise, given that she has been in high demand at fundraisers in all corners of the country. Much like Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC or Sen. Al Franken's Midwest Values PAC, MICHELEPAC will make it easier for Bachmann to give candidates a boost from afar.
Though its precise purpose remains to be seen, MICHELEPAC could also be a key resource for Tea Party candidates and other so-called constitutional conservatives vying to reach Capitol Hill.
Reps. Tim Walz and Erik Paulsen both created leadership PACs earlier this year. That leaves only Rep. Keith Ellison without his own leadership PAC.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."