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Schier Tells Huffington Post That Bachmann's Lack of Info on Charitable Giving "Surprising"

August 19, 2011

Steven Schier, the Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, was quoted in a lengthy Huffington Post column regarding Republican presidential candidate and current Minnesota U.S. House of Representative member Michelle Bachmann's decision not to release records about her charitable giving history. "It's unusual for a prominent candidate for a major party's presidential nomination to try to prevent serious scrutiny of her/his personal and public life as an adult," he says in the article. "Such resistance merely invites more media scrutiny and will raise questions among contributors and voters about the candidate. It's also a certain loser as a general election strategy after the nomination, when the public wants to get to know a candidate."