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Ellison, Bachmann Trade Broadsides Over Muslim Brotherhood

Bachmann says group has "infiltrated" Obama Administration.

Citing a man who once claimed the National Missile Defense Agency's logo was a sign of "official U.S. submission to Islam" because it included a crescent, Rep. Michele Bachmann last week alleged the Obama administration had been infiltrated by agents of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood is an 84-year old political movement active in many countries in the Arab world.

The main source of this infiltration, she claimed, was a top aide for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose family she said had ties to the Brotherhood. She asked five federal agencies to investigate her allegations. Salon.com reported on Friday  that the aide has been targeted by anti-Muslim activists before.

On Thursday, Rep. Keith Ellison sent Bachmann an official letter asking for "a full accounting" of her sources for the claims, according to Think Progress .

“If she has sources for this type of information,” Ellison said in a statement, “she owes it to the country to reveal them to the proper authorities, but definitely not this way.”

On Friday, Bachmann fired back. According to the St Cloud Times, she backed away from her initial, specific allegations of Brotherhood influence within the State Department. Her Friday letter claimed she only wanted to know how the aide received security clearances. In her reply to Ellison, she said her charges were based on court documents from 2007 and 2008 investigations into Palestinian terrorist financing networks in the United States. 

Bachmann's initial letters prominently cited Frank Gaffney, a conservative columnist and radio host. Gaffney is infamous for once accusing anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist  of having ties to radical Islamist groups because he married a Muslim woman. 

Ellison Outraises Challenger Fields by Wide Margin

According to Minnesota Public Radio, Ellison raised more than five times as much money between April and June for his reelection campaign as challengers Chris Fields and Lynn Torgerson combined.

Ellison raised $260,317, Fields brought in $40,240 and Torgerson snagged $7,301. MPR reports that Ellison's campaign has $142,959 ready to spend as of June 30 while Fields has $33,782 on hand and Torgerson has $1,340 in her war chest.

Mike McLean July 16, 2012 at 06:30 PM
The question that I have is when will Ellison debate Fields face to face????? I'm guessing the 3rd of never
Michael Rose July 16, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Actually spoke to Chris yesterday before the Hopkins Raspberry Festival Parade. Sounds like he and Keith will be participating in a MPR debate soon. Can't find specific details, but we'll post 'em when we do. Also, us Patch folks would like to set up a debate. Stay tuned...
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Avonna Starck July 17, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Hey Bachmann - being brown does not make you a terrorist. Geez.....our tax $$ at work!
Kevin Parks July 18, 2012 at 09:37 AM
Got to say, I am a rather conservative guy when it comes to politics. That being said, Mrs. Bachmann (In my opinion) is ten gallons of crazy in a five gallon bucket!
Annie S. July 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I really don't know how this woman keeps getting elected. Of course, not all politicians check all their facts, and most of them have a flub or some kind here and there. This woman is consistantly underinformed or completely misinformed and worse, repeats it as though it's fact.
Carolyn Kaehr July 18, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Annie S., I too wonder why M.B. is allowed to continue her political career. The fact that she does adds to my overall cynicism about politics in general. This is the first year (since I've been eligible to vote) that I probably won't cast any votes; people I've voted for in the past have "changed their ways" after elected, & I've concluded that I can't trust any of them. I request anybody's suggestions on how to regain the trust that I once had.
Kelly July 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Carolyn, there are countries where people travel for days to vote, and in some places people kill or are killed for the right to vote, yet the majority of eligible voters here don't bother. And if you don't vote, you've absolutely no right to complain about those who govern. When legislators change their ways or otherwise disappoint in a big way, I let them know of my disappointment. If they don't, I simply vote against them at the next opportunity. There are good people who run for office and serve for the right reasons. Sadly they seem to be fewer in number these days, in great measure because of how we treat those who run. I would never subject myself or my family to the brutal attacks that seem commonplace these days. But I admire and support someone who is trying to do the right thing. I don't expect that I will agree with them 100% of the time because I know the legislative process is one of both deliberation and compromise. And I don't expect them to be perfect, because no one is. I also know that in participating in both elections and campaigns, I can have an impact.
Carolyn Kaehr July 20, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Kelly, thank you for the reply. Hopefully I can convince myself to vote again. I welcome suggestions from other readers about how to regain trust in politicians.
Chris July 20, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I am not in favor of name calling when it comes to politics, but being that you are totally right on, I can't help but agree.
Avonna Starck July 21, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Carolyn, Get to know some! I will tell you that I volunteer on multiple campaigns because I have gotten to know Barb Goodwin, Carolyn Laine and Connie Bernardy. I am halfway through my masters in Political Management and people like M.B. upset me so much because there ARE good people out there who want to do good for their community. There are good and bad in every industry - docs, lawyers, businesspeople - every area has "shady" types who are less than honest. Pick up your phone and call the politicians in your district. You seem smart, you will sniff out the B.S. if they try to feed it to you. If you get a sense that you don't like them then support someone else. I am represented by Goodwin/Ellison and hopefully Bernardy (formally Laine). I am so proud to say that I KNOW they have my back. I am working the city pretty hard for some street safety (I posted a blog about it) and Barb and Carolyn are both coming for moral support despite the fact that this is a city issue. So please, please, please do not let people like MB make you lose faith in everyone!!
Carolyn Kaehr July 21, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Avonna, thank you for your reply. In the past I've spent zillions of hours reading details about political candidates, and have an uncanny "knack" of voting for those who lose, mainly because they aren't as wealthy as the candidates who win. I've also attended League of Women Voters events and visited the State Capitol to gain support for the H.C. Library. The library continues to exist, and I happily volunteer at the nearest branch and also am a lifetime "Friend of the H.C. Library." Hopefully with encouragement from people like you, I'll decide to vote in the upcoming election but at this point I'm not sure.
Orono July 27, 2012 at 06:54 PM
We have elected a comedian, a wrestler, and a loon to office. Welcome to Minnesota.

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