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Michele Bachmann Campaign Says It Raised More Than $1 Million In July

07/31/2012 02:07 pm ET | Updated Jul 31, 2012

Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) campaign announced Tuesday that it had raised more than $1 million between July 1 and July 25, the same month she received widespread rebukes for alleging Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in the U.S. government.

The campaign did not give an exact figure and Federal Election Commission reports for the quarter, including July, are not due until Oct. 15.

Still, Bachmann, like another outspoken Republican, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), is a prodigious fundraiser. She has raised $14.8 million in the current cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Bachmann faces hotel CEO Jim Graves in her bid for a fourth term.

During July, Bachmann drew headlines for her letters, signed with four other members of Congress, accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of "deep penetration" within the U.S. government and singling out longtime Secretary of State Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The St. Cloud Times posted the letters on July 9 and Salon followed up with a story on July 13. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took to the Senate floor on July 18 to defend Abedin and slam Bachmann's claims. GOP Senators Scott Brown (Mass.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) all joined in criticizing Bachmann's move. Newt Gingrich and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), however, have defended Bachmann.

Chase Kroll, Bachmann's campaign manager, said he didn't know how much came after the allegations surfaced because he hasn't seen the latest FEC report. He said the final number will be between $1 million and $1.1 million. Minnesota requires an FEC pre-primary report that ends on July 25 and is due August 2.

Bachmann said in the release that she was tired of the "empty rhetoric" coming out of Washington and she would focus on "keeping America strong and growing."

This post has been updated with Kroll's response.

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