Should a congressional candidate let himself be filmed shilling for a construction company with one of his campaign signs displayed in the background?SEE ALSO: Tom Emmer can't get a job at HamlineProbably not. But Tom Emmer did it anyway.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has named Michele Bachmann one of this year's 13 most corrupt members of Congress for 2013.SEE ALSO: Bachmannistan: The 5 craziest revelations in the new Michele Bachmann tell-all Joining Bachmann on that esteemed list are eight Republicans a ... More >>
Both Michele Bachmann and Jim Graves decide not to vie for the 6th District
Michele Bachmann's late 2011 tour to promote her autobiography, "Core of Conviction," has apparently landed her in fresh trouble with federal investigators.HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND: Michele Bachmann and Bradlee Dean both set to speak at right-wing event After six weeks of promotional touring and nearl ... More >>
Here are the facts: Michele Bachmann is under federal investigation for allegedly violating campaign finance laws during her ill-fated presidential run. The investigation began after Bachmann's former National Field Coordinator, Peter Waldron, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission. ... More >>
Glenn Beck took a page out of Michele Bachmann's playbook while coming to the beleaguered congresswoman's defense this week. He blamed the ethical mess she finds herself in on those damn Muslims -- in particular, Minnesota's Somali population. SEE ALSO: MN secession petition: Glenn Beck to be first ... More >>
Michelle Bachmann's spokesman blames the disclosure of a federal investigation into allegations Bachmann violated campaign finance rules during her ill-fated presidential run on "political adversaries in an attempt to disparage her reputation as a top target of the DCCC [Democratic Congressional Cam ... More >>
Tomorrow, Minnesota U.S. Rep. John Kline is hosting a fundraiser for sex scandal-embattled Tennessee U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.THE BACKSTORY: John Kline hosting fundraiser for "anti-abortion zealot with running tab at Planned Parenthood"Kline won't be attending the event and his spokesman won't say ... More >>
Folks gave dough to GOP Sen. Larry Craig because they believed in his politics and wanted to help continue his career in the U.S. Senate. Instead, they might end up paying lawyers to argue that Craig really does have one of the widest bathroom stall stances known to man.SEE ALSO: Larry Craig airport ... More >>
Remember Michele Bachmann's vehement opposition to raising the county's debt ceiling? Remember in her book, where she gushes about the way she and Marcus were able to quickly pay down their college loans?Today, it was revealed that Bachmann, an outspoken advocate of fiscal responsibility, didn't ... More >>
Representative Tim Walz is vulnerable to a Republican challenge in his fall re-election campaign, according to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. That much seemed obvious to Minnesota Republicans earlier this year: party power broker Michael Brodkorb left the state GOP to work for sta ... More >>
We knew that the Minnesota Republican Party's financial situation is ugly -- but in self-flagellating with the ugly stick, did the MNGOP also violate the law?Yes it did, argues Mike Dean, Common Cause Minnesota's executive director.
Michele Bachmann: Wait, come back! I'm going to win!Michele Bachmann's paid campaign staffers in New Hampshire just quit. And boom, as they say, goes the dynamite.The bad, bad news of exodus was broken first by New Hampshire political reporter James Pindell, and has since exploded on Politico. Ge ... More >>
Michele Bachmann has a new e-mail blast out, and a new campaign "ad" on Youtube, both of which make it pretty clear that her campaign is totally, absolutely, utterly out of money. Over the last few weeks, Bachmann's fundraising e-mails have grown more desperate, and her videos are about the cheap ... More >>
Michele Bachmann, Barack Obama: The military only gives money to one of these people.Michele Bachmann loves the United States Military. Apparently, the military doesn't love her back.New data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that Barack Obama, whom Michele Bachmann has repeate ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty: Sad, but rich.Anyone feeling bad for Tim Pawlenty in the days since he pulled out of the presidential race -- well, don't.Pawlenty turned his bid for the Republican nomination into a pretty lucrative side gig for the first half of 2011, according to financial disclosure forms releas ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty: Can you spare a dime? Tim Pawlenty is broke. Or at least, that's what everyone's thinking, now that he's decided to stop running his majestic campaign ads on Iowa TV stations in the run up to the August 13, Ames Straw Poll. Winning voters on just radio ads and on foot is a gre ... More >>
Michele Bachmann keeps finding ways to oppose the things she supports. States' rights are good, unless the states don't follow her moral code, she says. Activist judges are bad unless they pass her litmus test. Now, she's using Facebook criticize to President Barack Obama for using tax dollars ... More >>
Michele Bachmann attributes the Wall Street bailout to Obama, not Bush.Michele Bachmann has flunked American history again. "When he came in as the president of the United States," she said of Barack Obama yesterday in South Carolina, "he decided we had to have this $700 billion bailout of Wall ... More >>
Not ready to debate.Michele Bachmann claims she's not afraid to debate President Barack Obama, but she's not sure she's ready for a prime time debate with other Republicans first, in what she calls the key stepping stone state of South Carolina. But in order to qualify as a serious White Ho ... More >>
AP ImagesLarson has rented to more than just Norm Coleman.By Mike Mullen In mid-2008, it came out that Jeff Larson had been renting a Washington, D.C. apartment to then-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn), a close friend and political cohort. As a landlord, Larson -- the subject of last week's fea ... More >>
Pawlenty will officially be thinking about running.After years of inching toward a 2012 presidential bid, former-Gov. Tim Pawlenty is expected to actually make a formal step toward the nomination. This afternoon, Pawlenty will announce plans to launch a presidential exploratory committee, ac ... More >>
No, not this makeup job.Rep. Michele Bachmann had a record amount of money to throw around as Election Day drew near a few months ago, so she figured, what the heck, she'd drop a couple of Ben Franklins on looking good for the media swarm. Cost Cutters evidently didn't cut it for the sixth distr ... More >>
Michele Bachmann may not have, as Tarryl Clark put it, done @#%! for the 6th congressional district. But the incumbent Republican is now wallowing in so much money that it probably doesn't matter what Clark has to say.
Favre wears purple, but he's blue underneath.He'll wear purple on the field tonight in New Orleans, but if you look close, you might see a blue undershirt on Brett Favre. He's one of more than 40 NFL-related players and front office types who have made political contributions of $3,000 or m ... More >>
It's not as if Michele Bachmann actually needs anymore cash; she sits on mountains of greenbacks ready for the good spendin' to keep her congressional seat and personalized studio chair at Fox News. But by golly that Walter Mondale guy has a bull's-eye on her back now. Pelosi too! And don't f ... More >>
Photo: Nick VlcekMichele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, the GOP "gold standard," at work in MinneapolisWe noted the other day that Republican Michele Bachmann and her Democratic challenger, Tarryl Clark, both raised more campaign cash in the second quarter -- $1.7 million and $910,000 respectively ... More >>
Clark's hauling cash, but Bachmann has become a fund-raising behemothDemocrat 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 ... More >>
Bachmann's fundraising dwarfs that of her opponentDemocrat Taryll Clark rightly boasted this morning that she'd raised almost $1 million in campaign funds during the second quarter of the year in her effort to unseat Republican Michele Bachmann in the sixth congressional district. Now the o ... More >>
Photo: USCG/FlickrDeepwater Horizon's fiery demiseRep. Michele Bachmann got her crazy on again this week, lobbing a factually-challenged verbal assault on the president for persuading BP to establish a $20 billion independent escrow account to administer claims against the oil giant for its d ... More >>
Maureen Reed steps asideDFLer Maureen Reed stepped out of the race to unseat GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann on Sunday, relieving fellow Democrat Tarryl Clark the headache of having to run in the August primary, as well as the general election in November. And she took one last shot at Bachmann's ... More >>
Photo: Nick VlcekSo, who shelled out $10,000 for a photo op with Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin last week? Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and at least five other individuals, according to an FEC report cited by the Star Tribune. Bachmann for Congress, meanwhile, reports $810,000 ... More >>
Those poor AIG executives. So bailed out under Bush by taxpayers. So persecuted. Yet somehow, so much richer today.
The donations from an alleged child molester to a political party that promotes itself as a home for family values strikes us as problematic.
The Federal Elections Commission said they had cleared a complaint against Coleman's campaign alleging campaign funds were misused to defend himself against allegations in a lawsuit.
In a Congressional district so heated from Rep. Michele Bachmann's near-constant barrage of gaffes and extreme comments, perhaps it's never too early to announce your plans to defeat her in 2010.
Norm Coleman and Al Franken are raking in serious dough for their U.S. Senate seat fight, but they are in need of some big boosts to make it through the upcoming appeals. They've already spent $11 million and there's no end in sight.
It's no sure bet, and a legal fight looms
Rock gets rolled into federal campaign guidelines
GOP telemarketers harass the elderly, groove on hip hop, and scream like monkeys
Two nice Minnesota boys and the healing power of satire
Record profits from political ads have critics crying foul
Local politicos find themselves tangled in the Web