Democratic Super PAC enters 6th District race

A Democratic Super PAC is adding Rep. Michele Bachmann to a national list of tea party lawmakers it’s working to defeat.

San Francisco-based Credo Super PAC announced it will begin mobilizing volunteers in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District to phone-bank and organize canvasses against Bachmann, R-Stillwater.

Bachmann, a former GOP presidential candidate and founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, is seeking her fourth term in the general election against DFL challenger Jim Graves.

The people behind Credo Mobile, a mobile-phone service company, helped found Credo Super PAC, according to its website. The Super PAC – one of a wave of new, independent committees that can accept unlimited donations to oppose or support candidates -  is working to defeat other members of Congress affiliated with the tea party, including Reps. Chip Cravaack of Minnesota, Steve King of Iowa, Sean Duffy of Wisconsin and Allen West of Florida.

In Bachmann, the committee has identified another GOP lawmaker it hopes to take down.

“Rep. Bachmann has said more hateful and downright crazy things than just about anyone else in Congress,” Credo Super PAC president Becky Bond said in a release. “CREDO SuperPAC will be mobilizing local volunteers to ensure voters know just how extreme Bachmann is before she does any more damage to women, seniors and the environment.”

The super PACS that have emerged after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling have been controversial, in part because they may accept donations of unlimited size from corporate, union or individual donors. Credo Super PAC says it bucks the mold of other super PACs bankrolled by millionaires or billionaires, with its average donation totaling $19.89.

Bachmann’s campaign spokesman, Chase Kroll, responded with a statement saying ”it’s no surprise a group of radical San Francisco liberals are coming to the aid of another radical liberal Jim Graves.” 

“I’m sure Jim Graves will continue to write himself big checks,” Kroll wrote. “But at the end of the day, Minnesotans support Michele Bachmann because they know she’s an independent voice, fighting for them to bring about a smaller government and a more affordable way of life.”

Mark Sommerhauser

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