Rep. Michele Bachmann is spending money at almost the same frantic pace that she's raising it.
Bachmann, who has raised millions more than any other House candidate — and nearly every Senate candidate — spent $2.4 million in the first two weeks of October, Federal Election Commission filings show.
In the same two-week period, she also raised another $1.5 million, bringing her fundraising total to nearly $11 million.
Bachmann spent $672,000 on direct mail, and another $103,000 on “voter contact” mailings. She put $533,000 into salaries and overhead for media, and $462,000 for telemarketing.
Bachmann has $2.5 million remaining in the bank as of Oct. 13, the close of the pre-general election filing period.
State Sen. Tarryl Clark, Bachmann's Democratic challenger, raised $312,000 in the first two weeks of October, bringer her total to more than $4 million. She spent $552,000 the first half of October and has $614,000 left in the bank.
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."