Bachmann opponent reaping rewards

Oct. 18, 2008 at 8:04 PM

STILLWATER, Minn., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A conservative Minnesota congresswoman's call for a media probe to determine which of her colleagues are pro- or anti-America is filling her opponent's coffers.

Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., said Friday news organizations should investigate members of Congress to find out which ones are "pro-America or anti-America," Politico reported Saturday.

"The news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look," Bachmann said. "I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America? I think people would love to see an expose like that."

The fallout of those comments has been to inspire hundreds of people from across the country to send donations to her congressional opponent, Democrat El Tinklenberg, his campaign manager said. The donations have totaled more than $438,000 so far.

"I can absolutely confirm that we have had in the last 24 hours donations from hundreds and hundreds of people from all over the country," said campaign manager Anna Richey. "It's coming in so fast I can't get a hold on it and can't give a precise number."

"People," she said," are outraged" with a number calling it modern-day McCarthyism.

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