Tarryl Clark boasts $2M in bank to throw at Michele Bachmann

Democrat Tarryl Clark almost doubled her fund-raising bottom line in the second quarter of the year compared to the first, raking in $910,000 the last three months, compared to about $500,000 the three previous months. Taken together, that's almost $2 million.

And that sounds like a lot of cash, but here's the sobering reality for Clark: Bachmann raised more than $800,000 in the first quarter. And, cash from that April Bachmann-Sarah Palin April love fest in Minneapolis will count toward the incumbent Republican's war chest in Q2 (she hasn't released those numbers yet).

The latest FEC filings come on the heels of a USA Today story portrayng Bachmann and other GOP attention-seekers as the new cash cows of the Republican Party.

Bachmann, who has said she believes Obama may hold "anti-American" views, is the ninth-best House fundraiser of the election, hauling in $2.4 million. The National Republican Congressional Committee, which raises money for House Republicans, tapped Bachmann to solicit donations nationwide.

Clark, even with $2 million in the bank, faces a fund-raising behemoth in the 6th District.

Here's the Clark press release:

Tarryl Clark's campaign for Congress today announced that it surpassed $2 million in fundraising in its efforts to unseat incumbent Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, having raised just over $910,000 in the 2nd quarter of 2010.

Today's announcement marks another record-setting quarter for Clark's challenger campaign. To date, the campaign has raised over $2 million from an incredible 24,000 donors contributing an average of just $54. Clark's thousands of low-dollar donors create a grassroots army that can continue to support Clark all the way through November, on the ground and with their checkbooks.

Clark continues to set an unprecedented pace in the 6th District race - no previous Minnesota congressional challenger had even topped the million-dollar mark by this point in the campaign.

Clark shared the news with her supporters via video this morning. "We have built an unprecedented campaign together," Clark said in the video.

The video can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARrqdIX7Z0Y.

Clark's record fundraising has allowed the campaign to air the first television ad of the campaign. The ad, which can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IMfGCSgvVA, takes on Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's defense of British Petroleum in the run up to lifting the liability cap for oil companies and the creation of the $20 billion Victims' Relief Fund for the Gulf oil spill. The ad is currently airing on network and cable television, and a 15-second version is currently running online.

"The people of the 6th District deserve a representative who is on their side. Congresswoman Bachmann's repeated defense of big corporations, including British Petroleum, has proven once and for all that she's fighting for her own agenda - not her constituents," said Zach Rodvold, Clark's Campaign Manager. "We've built an unprecedented grassroots campaign that now includes over 24,000 individual donors. They know that Tarryl Clark will stand up for their interests, not the special interests, and they know what's at stake in this election. That's why they've helped us build a campaign that is positioned to win in November."

Clark's campaign will file their fundraising report with the FEC and report exact fundraising and cash-on-hand totals in time for the July 15, 2010 deadline.

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