Michele Bachmann's biggest donors
|Bachmann got lots of small contributions, and a handful of big ones.|
As has been the case for the last two years, most of the money -- this time, about $1.1 million -- comes from a huge number of small donations. Small amounts leave the donors' identities hidden, as donations under $200 don't have to be listed for the Federal Election Commission.
But that still leaves $564,804 from 1,042 donors as evidence that yes, some real people are paying for Michele Bachmann to run for president. So who are they?
In her July quarterly report, six donors had already maxed-out their legal donations to Bachmann for President with $5,000. Here's who they are and, in one case, why they gave.
Las Vegas, NV
C.E.O., College Loan Corporation
Las Vegas, NV
Katz has a pretty lucrative side gig as a successful professional poker player. So far this year, he's won over $100,000 on the professional circuit. Katz also runs a small nonprofit lobbying group called "Stop Child Predators." Jacqueline Katz is listed on the board of directors at Stop Child Predators.
Newport Beach, CA
Famously reclusive, Clifford Heinz prefers to let his money do the talking. But a 2004 Los Angeles Times profile revealed one gem: When the Dalai Lama got the phone call telling him he'd won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, he was staying at Clifford Heinz's house. If anyone's trying to make a backdoor money connection between Michele Bachmann and the Dalai Lama, there it is.
On page 2, meet a comfortable local couple, and a rookie donor who was the only person willing to explain to City Pages why he gave money to her campaign.