Michele Bachmann's campaign is broke

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Michele Bachmann has an iPhone, needs money.
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 cheapest-looking presidential ads since the "I Like Ike" pins hit the market.

This looks like the beginning of the end. Bachmann has always relied on tens of thousands of small donations from supporters, and had to shovel a lot of money out the door to bring in that cash. Not only that, her campaign's one success -- her surprise win in the Ames Straw Poll -- was more or less bought by the Bachmann for President campaign.

With the all-important Iowa Caucus creeping right up around the corner, it's now or never for Bachmann. And it looks like never.

A couple of days ago, Bachmann's camp posted a new "video" to the campaign's Youtube stream that is an insult to modern technology. In essence, campaign manager Keith Nahigian narrates something like a Power Point presentation that goes on for four minutes, and would probably be graded "Incomplete" in an entry level marketing class.

Now, today, Bachmann has a new video that reports are saying attacks Rick Perry's position on immigration. But it's hard to confirm, because the shabby condition of the tape itself is so distracting that one can't really focus on the content.

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Bachmann's last campaign video also used the very sophisticated "plant prop."
If Bachmann's last video seemed shot in a dentist's waiting room, this time it looks like the entire preparation involved setting up a tripod in Room 229 of the Holiday Inn Express. ("Oh, move that vase so that it's just over her shoulder, that'll class this up a bit.)

As recently as a month ago, Bachmann had enough dough to throw down for a very professional television spot, replete with jump cuts, slow pans, fade-ins, light piano accompaniment and a trustworthy-sounding narrator.

Now, Bachmann is just parking herself in front of plants, staring right into the camera, and talking. Either she's about to announce her candidacy for Stillwater City Council, or Bachmann for President has about $50 left in its bank account.

Earlier this week, an inside source told Politico that Bachmann's campaign fundraising situation is "dire," and others with knowledge of the campaign's finances say Bachmann for President will probably be in debt on its next FEC filings.

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Back when she had money, Bachmann's campaign ads were a lot slicker.
Meanwhile, the New York Post -- which, like a broken calendar, is right twice a year -- says Bachamnn's campaign might be headed for an early end. The Post's sources lay part of the blame on Bachmann's refusal to make fundraising phone calls, with one saying, "She does not like to ask for money."

But asking she is. In an e-mail that went out today, Bachmann reminds her supporters that midnight tonight is the fundraising deadline for the third quarter.

"The Washington 'elite' are chomping at the bit to see the numbers our campaign reports, and I need your support today more than ever," says the e-mail, which is, oddly, signed-off, "Sent from my iPhone." (Sell the iPhone, Michele, that's got to be worth hundreds!)

Well, this is it, people. You can't get into the circus for free. If you want Michele Bachmann's campaign  to keep staggering off further afield from mainstream American political sanity, you've got to drop a little change in the empty coffee mug she's holding out.

Come on, America. You owe it to Michele. You owe it to yourself.

We're never going to get another candidate quite like this one. Let's at least see where this goes.

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shoes boot
shoes boot

It's simple, really. Republicans cannot manage their money, and cannot work with budgets.

Yet another reason to never vote for one.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Just like that Republican in the white house...oops!  

Truthf305
Truthf305

Ron Paul just raised 1.5 million from grassroots for the 3rd quarter. For those who want REAL liberty, prosperity, & peace, register republican and vote for Ron Paul in your state. Don't let the neocons & the media choose for you. Another establishment candidate running against another establishment candidate (Obama) is NOT a choice & the debate will remain fruitless.

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tablet computer

On a deeper level what's sad is that running for any political office is always about money and the ability to raise that money. It use to be that a candidate about ideas could at least last until the end of Iowa, go to NH and then flame out on super Tuesday in the big states. Now we have candidates flaming out before any person who is a voter (as opposed to the media) can have a say. And with the recent supreme court ruling things are going to get worse...

DDayDawg
DDayDawg

I'm so torn! On the one hand I would love to see her continue because it's just so humorous. On the other hand I don't have enough faith in the American public to feel confident this lunatic wouldn't end up being President. So I guess it's best we let her drop on out of the race.

Jake Baker
Jake Baker

Yes,we need responsible leadership like that shown my Mr. Obama and Eric Holder. Wastea trillion or two on stimulus, arm Hezbollah and the drug cartels with gunsincluding 50 cals and sue Arizona for enforcing federal immigration law while suingbusiness men for not enforcing federal immigration law. Now that is realleadership.

msbpodcast
msbpodcast

Michele Bachman is committing the ultimate sin for a republican: she's broke.

Guest
Guest

If she can't manage her campaign, how is she going to manage a country. She is a loser.

MSLGWCEO
MSLGWCEO

So, all the people in her campaign went home?

green23
green23

Maybe now she can actually get back to the job she was elected to. Today marks two entire months that she has missed work at her $174k/yr job, yet she still gets paid.

This is that 'conservative work ethic' we've all heard about, I guess.

 Greg
Greg

Does this mean she will stop insulting our collective intelligence with her play-acting? Hopefully this is GOODBYE and GOOD RIDDENCE .

Deez
Deez

riddAnce

*d'oh*

Amie Steffen
Amie Steffen

Wouldn't a broken calendar only be right once a year? Are you thinking of a wristwatch? Or is it a reference to a Bachmann faux pas?

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

I was wondering the same thing...it's clearly an allusion to the idiom, "even a broken clock is correct twice a day", but it comes off like someone for whom English is a second language trying to grasp the nuance of English idiom...and failing...badly.

Mike Mullen
Mike Mullen

To be honest, I'm not even sure what a broken calendar would look like. It only has June in it? Tuesdays and Thursdays mixed up? It's a slippery term. I just knew I couldn't go with the clock and assert that the Post is right twice every day, which is giving them too much credit.

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