Late last year, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann filed a 2014 campaign committee.
The existence of the committee doesn't necessarily lock the Republican into vying again for the Sixth Congressional District. It will allow her to raise campaign cash and do other campaign activities.
Bachmann won her last election by about 4,000 votes, just over 1 percentage point. Just a few weeks later, she filed the 2014 committee.
She is one of five sitting U.S. House members from Minnesota who has filed a statement of candidacy for 2014.
Democratic U.S. Reps. Tim Walz, Keith Ellison, Rick Nolan and Collin Peterson have also filed committees for the next election cycle, and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, has filed a committee for 2018, the next year she would be up for re-election. U.S. Sen. Al Franken, also a Democrat, has had a 2014 campaign committee on record since early last year.
U.S. Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen, both Republicans, and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat, have not yet filed re-election committees, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
The non-filing does not mean they will not run again, just as the filings do not guarantee a run.
President Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress have cast the GOP as being intransigent on a new tax and spending deal to avert a so-called fiscal cliff, saying the Republicans “keep on finding ways to say no as opposed to finding ways to say yes.”
Meanwhile Democrat Keith Ellison vowed to continue to say no to any efforts to cut safety-net programs like Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid -- all top targets of GOP negotiators.
“We don’t have to sacrifice the interests of the most vulnerable in order to solve our budgetary problems,” Ellison told Minnesota reporters Wednesday, adding that he would not go along with cuts just to prove his bipartisan bone fides.
“It translates to people who already have very little, to get by with even less so that people who have a lot can keep even more,” he said.