Michele Bachmann Spent Almost $5,000 On Hair And Makeup During Her Presidential Campaign

I guess we’re supposed to be shocked or something that a Presidential candidate, under intense media scrutiny and appearing in photographs and on television constantly, would spend a lot of money on looking nice?

WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) spent nearly $5,000 on hair and makeup in the early weeks of her presidential campaign, according to campaign finance filings uncovered Tuesday by Mother Jones magazine.

The Tea Party favorite made three payments of $1,715, $250, and $2,704 to a Maryland-based hair and makeup artist in the weeks after she launched her presidential run, according to her Federal Election Commission (FEC) report.

This is ironic given that Bachmann’s “sex appeal” has been the target of some criticism in the campaign:

The 55-year-old congresswoman has been noted for her appearance and was even praised for her “sex appeal” by Vin Weber, an aide to Republican rival, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty.

“She’s got hometown appeal, she’s got ideological appeal, and, I hate to say it, but she’s got a little sex appeal too,” Weber said of Bachmann in early July.
Weber swiftly apologized for his “disrespectful” remark, but Bachmann seemed unfazed by the comment.

“I’m 55 years old, I’ve given birth to five kids and I’ve raised 23 foster kids — so that sounds like good news to me,” Bachmann told conservative radio host Scott Hennen, when asked if she was offended by Weber’s description.

We all remember how Sarah Palin was mocked and ridiculed after the RNC spent big money obtaining a wardrobe for her after she was selected to be Senator John McCain’s running mate in 2008, but the truth is this is how superficial politics is. And all candidates do this.

President Obama certainly spent plenty of money on stage craft and wardrobe during his campaign. John Edwards was mocked for this $300 haircuts. No doubt, it’s hard for the average citizen to imagine spending so much money on hair cuts and makeup, but that’s the reality of high-profile politics.

Looks matter to voters, as much as we may not want to admit it. If they didn’t the politicians wouldn’t spend so much money on looking good.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Cherz1967

    and?  Obama said he’d veto a republican debt deal.

  • awfulorv

    And yet no one mentions the  $500,000 that has been spent on bridles, reins, and saddles, for Obama’s show horse Michelle.

  • WOOF

    $2.7 million per year of the nations “Black Budget” maintains Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Hair Dye Reserve.
    Just in case his zombie alter ego returns.
    You didn’t think he went to Supercuts?

    • Bat One

      Has Obam replenished the Strategic Hair Dye he pilfered during the first two years of his administration?  Before he decided it was time to at least look like he was President of the US?

  • Bat One

    I wonder how much Joe Biden spent on his “plugs.”  Obviously, Ms. Bachmann’s was the more sensible… and appealing… investment.

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    Oops!  Gotta check my wife’s credit card statement!

  • Gern Blanston

    An irrelevant issue – especially when there is no comparrison to other political figures like Obama, Biden, Pelosi, etc. Just another attept at ‘gotcha’ politics.

  • Will

    It takes a lot of perfume and makeup to make a IRS attorney fool TEA (taxed enough already) party folks to vote for her. From 1988 to 1993, Bachmann was an attorney representing the IRS. In one case, Bachmann went after Marvin Manypenny, an American Indian student who worked for a nonprofit and made less than $10,000. So much for the little guy.

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      She alone made the decision to go after Marvin?  I doubt it.  It was an assignment.  From my experience, ex-IRS employees can be among the most conservative, anti-government bureaucracy people you can find.

      • Will

        Conjecture. She certainly hasn’t been up front with her past, she sugar coats it, she describes it as being a “federal tax litigation attorney.” Others might call it tax collector. When I first heard her describe it as that, I thought she defended citizens against the beast not the other way around.

        Next time you see her interviewed see how often she gives a straight answer, even when pressed.

        I went out to Bismarck to see her first hand and was not impressed, sure she is better than Obama but I think we can do much better.

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          She worked for an agency that worked for the IRS.  I couldn’t find anything decent discussing the case, but from what I read of Marvin Manypenny he seemed an interesting & intelligent guy.

  • DopeyDem

    Rod Blagojovich spent $400,000 on suits and all he got was convicted. 

  • http://sayanythingblog.com Mountainmouth

    Obama spends more on teleprompters and reverb just to keep up the messiah illusion.

    Let’s don’t even start totaling the bills for the first lady’s fashion parade.

  • jennacreek

    “Michele Bachmann Spent Almost $5,000 On Hair And Makeup During Her Presidential Campaign”

    This doesn’t matter as long as these politicians are using her own money.

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  • awfulorv

    It doesn’t matter. If “Sarah of Scottsdale” were to declare tomorrow, most Americans wouldn’t remember Bachmanns name a month from now.

  • NDSuperman

    It’s nobody’s business if she spent $20 on a hair cut at Reality Based Barber Shop or if she spent $100,000 for a styling at Hannitized’s Salon, as long as it is not public dollars.  Where’s the story on Michelle Obama?   I would like to know if she’s being dressed and given the spa treatment on taxpayer dollars.

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