Bachmann Struggling to Lure Big Donors

Campaign facing 'major headwinds': New York Times
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2011 7:01 PM CDT
Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks to the media following a plant tour at Amend Packing Co. Sept. 20 in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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(Newser) – As if Michele Bachmann needed even more pressure to have a good debate tonight: The New York Times has a damning story about her campaign finances, specifically her inability to get big GOP donors on board. If things continue as they are, she might not be able to stay in the race beyond the Iowa caucuses, the story suggests. It includes a quote from Ed Rollins, who recently stepped down as her campaign manager.

"When you raise small-donor money, you go on Fox and say something more or less outrageous and that’s what people contribute to. You throw a hand grenade, and people respond.” But to get big donors, “you’ve got to be a serious candidate with serious solutions. That’s a challenge.” (The Times suggests Rollins is doling out the tough talk to land a job as a political analyst on TV. He confirms he's had talks with a "major network.")

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