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.
Gov. Mark Dayton, speaking to a mostly Republican audience at the annual Minnesota Business Partnership dinner, repeated his familiar attack on the House GOP, blaming them for a legislative impasse on transportation.
Senate Democrats abandoned President Barack Obama Wednesday, siding with Republicans to overwhelmingly reject his veto and permit families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing of the attackers.