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Contrary to claims, Bachmann is not the biggest House fundraiser of all time

Once again, Michele Bachmann has been called out for exaggerating the facts.

Making the case as to why she should be considered for the 2012 Republican nomination for president, the Minnesota representative told Fox News last week, “I have been able to raise more money than any member of the House of Representatives in the history of the United States Congress,” according to The Washington Post’s ‘Fact Checker blog.

The Post found that Bachmann raised more money in the 2009-2010 election cycle than any other House member, bringing in $13.5 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics; her contributions came mostly from individuals, 50 percent of whom contributed $200 or less.

“Bachmann is a prodigious fundraiser, but once again her talent for hyperbole has stretched the truth a bit,” writes the Post’s Glenn Kessler. ”Her statement would have been accurate if she had added the words ‘in an election cycle.’ But instead she choose to make a sweeping statement that, as of yet, is not quite true.”

Using CRP data, the Post found that Bachmann is in fourth place in terms of total fundraising by current House members, though those figures do not include money raised from leadership Political Action Committees:

  • Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio): $26.4 million
  • Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.): $21.7 million
  • Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.): $20.5 million
  • Bachmann: $19.6 million
  • Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.): $18.5 million
  • Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.): $17.6 million
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.): $12.5 million.

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