As donors to Rep. Michele Bachmann arrived shortly after 4 p.m. at the Minneapolis Hilton, two dozen protesters held placards outside.

"Hey Sarah, get Michele to do a Palin and quit," read one sign.

Bill Usher, chair of the DFL party in Republican Bachmann's district, said the pricey fundraiser was further evidence that Bachmann is out of touch with her district. "She's on Fox News all the time but she's not back at home," Usher said.

"Ms. Bachmann does not represent me, only her special interests," read another sign held by another protester .