Sunday, October 19, 2008

Tinklenberg Raises Close To $500,000 since Friday Afternoon

Michele Bachmann's hateful, divisive comments on Hardball Friday afternoon have caused a nationwide outpouring of donations to challenger El Tinklenberg's campaign. So far, over $488,000 has been raised by outraged Americans responding to Bachmann's desire to resurrect McCarthyism, according to the campaign's communications with Daily Kos.

Speaking earlier to Politico's The Crypt blog, Tinklenberg campaign manager Anna Richey said
"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...It's coming in so fast I can't get a hold on it and can't give a precise number. It's still coming in." At minimum, she said, $150,000 has so far been donated and she expects the total, which the campaign will release later today, to be far higher.

"It's overwhelming," said Richey. "I've gotten 600 e-mail messages into our info e-mail account in the last 12 hours. People are outraged." She said a number of the e-mails decried Bachmann's call for the investigation as modern-day McCarthyism. "People shared personal stories of how their parents were discriminated against" during that time, said Richey.
Meanwhile, Bachmann appeared on WCCO this morning, trying to distance herself from her outrageous remarks, claiming that she didn't say what she said. "That was a misreading of what I said," she said.

Yeah, right. You can find the interview itself here.

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