Don’t look now, but Michele Bachmann’s social media profile is gaining momentum.
As the drumbeat for a possible White House bid by Tea Party darling Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) grows louder and louder, the controversial Congresswoman has been picking up a staggering number of small donors to go along with a growing army of social media followers.
USA TodayÂ reports that for the first quarter of 2011, Bachmann pulled in $1.7 million in donations from conservative activists presumably hoping for a presidential run. A staggering 75% of Bachmann’s donations came from donors contributing $200 or less, a number that speaks to her grassroots appeal and popularity among the GOP base, if not the establishment.
This is nothing to sniff at, seeing as it was just a few years ago that small donations fueled the early going for an Obama campaign struggling to find big patrons among the Democratic powers-that-be. Of the $745 million raised by Obama in 2008, $235 million came in the form of sub $200 donations. In the age of PayPal it is entirely possible to get a campaign off the ground $35 at a time.
As Bachmann’s popularity among those willing to kick in a few dollars has grown, so has her visibility on social media. According toÂ OhMyGov Media Monitoring, Bachmann currently ranks as the sixth most popular potential GOP candidate on both Twitter and Facebook. She boasts over 46,000 Twitter followers and roughly 148,000 Facebook fans, numbers made even more impressive when you take into consideration just how much they have grown in the past few months.