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Michele Bachmann's Reelection Campaign Is Nonexistent, But Her PAC Lives On

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) isn't running for reelection to Congress this year, but her leadership political action committee is raising funds by advertising how it helps avoid "draining resources" from her reelection campaign.

Minnesota Public Radio first noticed this quirky campaign finance tactic Monday after MichelePAC, which stands for "Many Individual Conservatives Helping Elect Leaders Everywhere," sent out an email asking for contributions.

"MichelePAC is a national organization dedicated to turning the the [sic] Senate red and keeping majorities in the House," the email said, in a screen shot taken by MPR. "It's an invaluable resource that allows Michele to continue her campaign without draining resources from her own reelection campaign."

The leadership PAC -- which Bachmann claims works to elect like-minded conservatives to Congress -- was engulfed in campaign finance violation accusations in 2013. The House Ethics Committee decided to continue its investigation of Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign in September of that year.

Bachmann announced last May that she would not seek reelection.

Only five cents of every dollar MichelePAC raised in 2013 ended up going to campaigns, as the majority of the PAC's funds were spent on legal bills and fundraising. In the 2012 cycle the PAC contributed just 14 percent of its receipts to campaigns and other candidates' political action committees.

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