Michele Bachmann Outraises Mitt Romney She pulls in $2.2M in first quarter, more than Mitt's $1.9M By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Apr 1, 2011 4:00 PM CDT 57 comments Comments Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks during the Conservative Principles Conference in Iowa on March 26. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (Newser) – Who's the front-runner, again? Michele Bachmann raised $2.2 million in the first quarter of 2011, easily trumping Mitt Romney's $1.9 million, reports Fox News. Bachmann pulled in $500,000 through her political action committee (MichelePAC) and $1.7 million through her congressional re-election fund. The latter money could be transferred to a presidential campaign, and Bachmann has declared that "I'm in." (Or at least "in" enough to form an exploratory committee.) Most of her contributions came from small donations, notes Fox, cementing her reputation as a master fund-raiser.