Anti-Islam, pro-Bachmann ad kind of backfires

And raises $8K for her opponent

By Jillian Rayfield
September 25, 2012 2:07AM (UTC)
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Former presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. speaks in Washington. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

Michele Bachmann has been on a rather intense anti-Islam tear recently, fearmongering about Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the government. Recently, she's touted the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya as proof of her conspiracy theories.

One group of Bachmann supporters, the National Republican Trust PAC, responded in stride, running an ad that attacks Bachmann opponent Jim Graves for calling her comments "outrageous." The ad ties Graves' comments to footage from the Middle East during the attack.


The NRTPAC got a little bit of attention in 2010 for running an ad that parroted pretty much every conservative talking point about Obama ever, tying him to everyone from ACORN to the New Black Panther Party.

This time around, though, Jim Graves got a little help. The Daily Kos selected the ad for a weekly feature that asks readers to help raise money for the targets of conservative attack ads, and wound up pulling in close to $8,000.

Here's the ad in question:


Via the Minneapolis City Pages.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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