Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN), a freshman Republican who won a very surprising upset victory over longtime Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar in the 2010 GOP wave, is now tapping a potentially lucrative source of cash in his effort to hold on to his historically Democratic district: The fundraising list of none other than fellow Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.
The Star Tribune reports:
Cravaack’s first Federal Election Commission report this year shows that Cravaack purchased a direct-mail list from Rep. Michele Bachmann, the fundraising star and potential 2012 candidate who founded the House Tea Party caucus.
Cravaack’s office confirmed obtaining part of Bachmann’s mailing list, which he paid $441 for, FEC records show. Cravaack’s filing also lists an in-kind contribution from Bachmann’s committee to Cravaack for a direct-mail list at the same price.
Bachmann is, of course, a very prolific fundraiser, with a wide following among the Tea Party movement base — having brought in over $2 million in the past quarter. The question for Cravaack, of course, is whether Bachmann’s following can transfer to bring in the bucks for him over the long haul.