Rep. Michele Bachmann racked up $1 million in campaign donations in the first 25 days of July, her campaign reports.
"I'm grateful for the support I've received so far and I know if we can sustain this grassroots movement, we will be victorious in the fall," Bachmann said in a statement Tuesday. "Minnesotans are tired of the same empty rhetoric out of Washington, and they know my time is genuinely focused on keeping America strong and growing."
The donations poured in during a month when the Minnesota Republican was making national headlines and drawing criticism from members of her own party for her remarks about possible ties between American political figures and Islamic fundamentalist groups.
But controversy doesn't appear to have dampened Bachmann's fundraising draw. The incumbent, who had $1.7 million in cash on hand at the end of June raised annother million between July 1 and July 25, according to her campaign.
"This incredible outpouring of support demonstrates the trust Minnesotans have placed in Rep. Bachmann," campaign manager Chase Kroll said in a statement. "They know Michele fights for them, and for the values they hold dear. While we are grateful for last month's fundraising, we can not slow our efforts on the campaign. We still have a radical, liberal, self-funding opponent who has demonstrated his willingness to pour huge sums into this race."
The Graves campaign plans to release its pre-primary fundraising numbers after it files them with the Federal Election commission later this week. But campaign spokesman Adam Graves said the campaign would be decided "by the voters of Minnesota's 6th District, not by the amount of money our opponent raises outside of the state or from special interests."
"While Rep. Bachmann has been trying to capture the national spotlight in order to raise money from out of state interest groups, Jim Graves has spent the last several weeks speaking with veterans, farmers, students and small business owners across the district about issues that really matter to hard working Minnesotan families," Adam Graves said in an email. "In the past several weeks, our campaign has witnessed a groundswell of support from people wanting to elect a businessman who has created thousands of jobs and who understands what it takes to strengthen our economy.
Bachmann also raised $15,000 so far this year through her state-based political action committee, Michele PAC, according to reports released today by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. A full $14,000 of that fund has been dispersed as donations to Republican candidates running for state-level offices.