Bachmann repeatedly sought stimulus funds?

A Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Huffington Post with three separate federal agencies reveals that on at least 16 separate occasions, Bachmann petitioned the federal government for direct financial help or aid. A large chunk of those requests were for funds set aside through President Obama’s stimulus program, which Bachmann once labeled “fantasy economics.” Bachmann made two more of those requests to the Environmental Protection Agency, an institution that she has suggested she would eliminate if she were in the White House…

More than the specific funding requests, it is Bachmann’s private acknowledgement that the EPA can facilitate positive outcomes for both the environment and the economy that stands out for conservative activists. On her campaign website, after all, Bachmann refers to the EPA as the “Job Killing Agency.”

“There is a line between representing your district and then trying to lard up on all of this pork spending, pun intended,” said Bill Wilson, President of Americans for Limited Government. “There are very few in Congress who have been able to stand strong and say, ‘No I’m not going to do this.’ And they are, in our view, the heroes … By not being part of that group [Rep. Bachmann] isn’t unique, obviously. But I think that she would owe an explanation to the public as to why she did it. Why she asked for certain things, including things from EPA when she’s been very vocal about the overreach of the EPA?”