Bachmann has the fundraising chops to be a contender

Bachmann is increasingly getting her money from individuals making small-ish donations, a feat that helps solidify her status as a grassroots, Tea Party-fueled outsider rather than another establishment fixture. Of the $1.7 million she reported raising last quarter, only $1,500 came from non-individuals, and the average donation was just $619.34. But Bachmann didn’t always eschew Political Action Committee money. The Minnesota congresswoman has upped her individual contributions from a little more than half of her total funds to nearly 100%, as seen in the illustration below.