Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 06/29/2011

Michele Bachmann discounts federal funding as husband’s clinic collects it

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., dances with her husband Marcus Bachmann. (Janet Blackmon Morgan/AP)
Rep. Michele Bachmann has kicked off her presidential campaign on a platform of reducing federal funding, asserting the government does not need to support private businesses. It’s a ticket designed to appeal to a voter base who want to decrease government spending.

Only Bachmann’s family has benefitted over the very thing she disdains: federal subsidiaries.

The Los Angeles Times first reported that her family farm received nearly $260,000 in farm subsidiaries.

Then it surfaced that her husband’s mental health clinic received $24,000 in federal and state funds. When asked about it, Bachmann said it was one-time training money that went to the employees, not her or her husband.

Now, a new report states that the one-time sum was not the only government aid the clinic received. The company has received annual payments from Medicaid totaling over $137,000.

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