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Bachmann asked for stimulus money days after calling it an ‘orgy of spending’

By Kase Wickman
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 12:25 EDT
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Though Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has repeatedly trashed the Environmental Protection Agency and vowed to have “its door locked and its lights turned off” if she gets to the White House, new information obtained via the Freedom of Information Act shows that she petitioned the EPA for help and grant support at least twice, among at least 16 requests for federal funds and help.

Many of those funding requests would require dipping into stimulus funds, the Huffington Posts’s investigation showed. Bachmann has in the past dismissed President Barack Obama’s massive stimulus plan as “fantasy economics” and advocates for limited government and fiscal conservatism.

“During the last 100 days we have seen an orgy [of spending],” she said of the stimulus and auto industry bailout May 4, 2009. “It would make any local smorgasbord embarrassed.”

According to the obtained records, just three weeks later, on May 20, Bachmann wrote to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and asked for funding for a rail park in Minnesota “which will enhance economic development and job opportunities in this rural Minnesota community.”

These latest findings are only the latest in a line of incongruences between Bachmann’s campaign rhetoric and her personal record, including the revelations of Bachmann’s federally supported home loans, federal subsidies received for a family farm and the clinic she owns with husband Marcus Bachmann accepting Medicaid funds.

She has railed against all three of the above programs, while accepting personal gains from them.

“I think what separates me from the candidates is the fact that I have a proven track record of being a fighter,” Bachmann said in a July interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “Fighting for what people believe in, whether it is popular or not. Despite the opposition, I stand true. Because people know that I will do what I say and that I say what I do.”

Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman is a reporter for Raw Story. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and grew up in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Village Voice Media, The Christian Science Monitor, The Houston Chronicle and on NPR, among others. She lives in New York City and tweets from @kasewickman.
 
 
 
 
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