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.
Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.