Bachmann raised $4.2 million in second quarter

at 04:51 PM ET, 07/15/2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) raised $4.2 million in the second quarter, including a $2 million transfer from her House committee, her spokeswoman said Friday.

Bachmann has $3.6 million cash on hand.

Bachmann entered the race late in June and didn’t gain momentum until the debate on June 13 in New Hampshire, but she was still widely expected to raise more than everyone not named Mitt Romney.

In the end, she finished behind the former Massachusetts governor ($18.25 million), former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty and Texas Rep. Ron Paul ($4.5 million each) and just ahead of former Utah governor Jon Huntsman ($4.1 million), who filed his paperwork even later than Bachmann.

The fundraising total is likely to raise questions about just how strong a campaign Bachmann is actually running, but raising $2 million in two weeks is a strong pace. If she can keep that momentum going through the third quarter, she could be close to competitive with Romney on the financial front.

Her cash on hand figure does put her significantly ahead of Pawlenty, who had $2 million at the end of the second quarter.

Romney led the way in cash, reporting $12.6 million cash on hand.

 
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