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Associated Press, Published October 18 2010

Report: Stimulus critic Michele Bachmann sought local cash

ST. PAUL (AP) — Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann voted against what she calls "the failed Pelosi trillion-dollar stimulus," but that didn't stop her from writing letters to federal agencies on behalf of seven grant applications seeking stimulus dollars.

The Center for Public Integrity reported Monday that Bachmann was among scores of GOP and Democratic stimulus opponents who wrote behind-the-scenes letters requesting funds for projects.

The two-term Minnesota representative sent letters in August and September 2009 highlighting projects including the Northstar Commuter Rail Line, the St. Croix bridge, road upgrades and a broadband application.

A Bachmann campaign spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

GOP Reps. Erik Paulsen and John Kline also sent letters for projects after voting against the stimulus.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.