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05/20/2010 03:53 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Michele Bachmann Forgot To Pay Her Property Taxes On Time

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) -- the firebrand conservative and Tea Party darling -- was late paying her property taxes this year and has been assessed a penalty because of it, her office confirmed to the Huffington Post.

The Minnesota Republican missed the due date for a $3,740 tax on her 5,200-square-foot home on the 18th hole of Stoneridge Golf Course. For the missed payment, she was penalized by the state of Minnesota a scant $74.90.

Notified of the missing payment, a spokesman for Bachmann said that she and her husband have since taken care of the matter.

"The payment has already been taken care of. Their payment has been made and processed. It should be posted shortly," said Dave Dziok.

The Bachmann arrears was first reported by the progressive Minnesota website "DumpBachmann".

Since she's an anti-tax zealot, the episode doesn't contain that natural element of hypocrisy that gives these stories an element of intrigue. But it's worth noting that the congresswoman once urged the public to stop paying taxes as a way to protest the passage of health care reform. Since she is actually paying the tax on her property (albeit late), it stands to reason that the missed deadline was not some form of non-violent political disobedience.

Somewhere, perhaps, Tom Daschle and Tim Geithner are smirking.

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