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Spending outpaces receipts for Bachmann in third quarter

DES MOINES, Iowa—According to Federal Election Commission filings, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's two campaign arms raised a total of almost $4.1 million during the third quarter fundraising period.

FEC filings posted Saturday found that Bachmann's spending outpaced her earnings between the beginning of July and the end of September. Her two authorized committees — Bachmann for President and MicheleBachmann.com — spent over $6.2 million during the quarter,

Bachmann for President raised $3.9 million during the quarter, spent $5.9 million, and has above $1.3 million in cash on hand as of the end of September.

MicheleBachmann.com raised about $200,000, spent roughly $260,000, and has just over $200,000 in cash on hand.

Bachmann's spending outpaced her earnings, records show. In part because of that spending, her primary campaign committee carries about $550,000 in debt.

According to Bachmann's campaign, Bachmann had received 97,000 contributions from over 70,000 individuals, with an average contribution of $42.

"We are especially proud of the fact that we continue to bring in large numbers of small donors who contribute time after time," campaign manager Keith Nahigian said in a statement. "We are grateful to each and every donor who has helped us gather the necessary resources to continue reaching out to the people of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and the rest of the country."

Bachmann has staked her campaign on a message of everyman frugality—attacking the federal government for its deficit, and insisting Iowan families would know better than to spend beyond their incomes.

During an event in Des Moines earlier this month, Bachmann told reporters, "This is how I intend to run the country. In a way that I grew up understanding here in Iowa, we were frugal, we were prudent, and we never spent more money than what we took in."