GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann just held an event followed by a news conference in Des Moines. The final question was about her fundraising. Bachmann said she has had over 250,000 donors and the average donation is $50.
Immediately afterwards Alice Stewart, Bachmann’s campaign spokeswoman, approached the media table, saying Bachmann “misspoke a tiny bit” and the 250,000 donor number is “over the course of her entire political career” (as a member of congress). The average donation to the Bachmann for President campaign is between “$50 and $60” according to Stewart.
UPDATE with the actual text of the quote from Bachmann: “We’re very grateful. We have had extremely supportive, generous people. We have something like 250,000 donors to our campaign. That’s a tremendous amount of donors and our average donation is $50, so we’re extremely grateful to have a broad-based level of support from people all across the country and so we’re extremely grateful for that and even despite how difficult this economy has been, people have always continued to manage to send in money and we’re very, very careful with that money. We’re very prudent.”