With her formal campaign announcement and her quick rise in the polls, Michele Bachmann's gone from cable news curiosity to presidential contender rather quickly. And that means reporters have a lot of catching up to do! And while the press his rooting around in the Minnesota congresswoman's past, pop stars want to be no part of her future. This is your day in Bachmannia.
Get Money Bachmann is famous for bashing "government handouts," so naturally every single time she's gotten cash from Uncle Sam is of interest. Turns out, it's a lot of times. NBC News' Michael Isikoff reported Tuesday night that Bachmann & Associates, a "quality Christian counseling" clinic run by Bachmann's husband Marcus, received $137,000 in Medicaid payments since 2005. (The congresswoman has said Medicaid grows "welfare rolls.") Bachmann's spokeswoman responded Wednesday, telling CNN that "it would be discriminatory not to accept Medicaid as a form of payment... As a state-sponsored counseling service, Bachmann and Associates has a responsibility to provide Medicaid and medical assistance, regardless of a patients financial situation."
Other government funds the Bachmanns have received:
- $24,000 in federal and state grants for the clinic to train employees, Isikoff reports.
- $260,000 in federal farm subsidies for a family farm, of which the congresswoman is a partner, the Los Angeles Times' report.
- $47 a day is how much Minnesota pays families to take in foster children who might have "serious mental health issues" in a "treatment home," as the Bachmanns did, The New York Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg reports. But exactly how much the Bachmanns received for their 23 foster kids is unclear, because Minnesota allows those records to be destroyed after seven years.
Hollywood Liberals Never Let Conservatives Play Their Songs Only 29 seconds of Tom Petty's song "American Girl" played at Bachmann's announcement in Iowa, but that was way too much for him. Although Petty sent Bachmann a "cease and desist" letter, Bachmann's campaign played the tune again Tuesday night in South Carolina, Politico's James Hohmann reports.