Dark Horse Democrat Nearly Matches Bachmann’s Fundraising

Posted July 16, 2009 at 12:16pm

Minnesota physician Maureen Reed could be a force to be reckoned with in the race for Michele Bachmann’s 6th District seat. Reed, a Democrat, raised $232,000 in the two months since declaring her candidacy in early May, virtually all from individual donors.

That nearly matches Bachmann, who has become something of a conservative darling and liberal pariah over her two terms in Congress and thus enjoys a far higher national profile than Reed. She raised $285,000 in the second quarter of the year. And it trumps fellow Democratic contender and 2008 nominee El Tinklenberg, who totaled just $55,000 in receipts.

Bachmann retained a strong cash advantage, with $389,000 in the bank at the end of June compared to $219,000 for Reed and $199,000 for Tinklenberg.