WASHINGTON -- More than a week after delivering a scathing critique of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rep. Michele Bachmann is using the ex-secretary of State's potential presidential run to raise money for herown political committee.
Bachmann blasted out an e-mail Monday with the subject line "Hillary is not qualified" to drum up donations to MICHELE PAC, the political action committee she ostensibly uses to raise campaign funds for fellow Republicans.
In her pitch, the congresswoman notes her similarities with Clinton: They both served in Congress, they are the only women to have participated in presidential debates as candidates and "MSNBC spends a lot of airtime reporting our respective positions, flowering her with accolades and maliciously denouncing me."
The Minnesota congresswoman goes on to say that Clinton "wants to be our next president so she can continue 8 more years of the failed leadership that is destroying our country."
Bachmann, who is not running for re-election, had lambasted Clinton a few weeks ago in remarks to the Faith & Freedom Coalition. She told the religious conservatives gathered at the group's conference in Washington that Clinton is "not commander in chief material" in large part because of her response to the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead.
Clinton has said she'll decide later this year whether she will run for president in 2016. The Republican-controlled committee investigating the Benghazi assault is expected to try and compel Clinton to testify.
MICHELE PAC, which stands for Many Individual Conservatives Helping Elect Leaders Everywhere, last year contributed to several Republicans in Congress, including Bachmann ally and tea party favorite, Rep. Steve King of Iowa, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina congressman who is leading the special Benghazi committee.
But those contributions represented only a fraction of what the committee spent last year. MICHELE PAC gave a total of $15,400 to candidates. At the same time, the committee spent nearly $300,000 on overhead, including $92,000 on lawyers and more than $150,000 on fundraising.
The April-to-June fundraising quarter ended Monday, so many candidates and PACs are making last-minute pleas to add to their coffers. A spokesman for Bachmann did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.