Groundwork was all ready to go for Bachmann's bid

  • Updated: June 14, 2011 - 12:30 AM

U.S. Rep. Michele Bach-mann made a splash at Monday's GOP debate by announcing she was running for president. But it was a coordinated rollout even before the debate ended, complete with a YouTube video and fundraising letter to supporters titled: "I'm in."

Bachmann said she filed papers on Monday with the Federal Election Commission to form a presidential campaign committee, although she will still make her formal announcement in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, later this month.

The Minnesota Republican asked supporters to make "a special contribution" for her presidential run, "up to the $2,500 legal limit." She also asked for small-dollar donations, which have fueled her past campaigns.

"We have to build a national grassroots effort larger than any Republican candidate in history," she wrote. "We're officially building this team today and I hope you will step up to the plate and join my campaign."

Bachmann's campaign website was also changed Monday to reflect her new presidential campaign with the headline: "Bachmann for President." Her campaign slogan on the site is "a constitutional conservative in 2012."

JEREMY HERB

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