October 2nd, 2009
05:40 AM ET
5 years ago

Pawlenty to host first fundraiser in Washington

Pawlenty launched his new PAC on Thursday.
Pawlenty launched his new PAC on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will hold the first fundraiser for his new political action committee on Oct. 22 at the Capitol Hill home of lobbyist John Milne and his wife Deb Anderson, according to a copy of the invitation provided to CNN.

The invite to the Washington dinner asks guests to contribute or raise $5,000 to be named a "Leadership Team Member" for Pawlenty's "Freedom First" PAC, his newly-created political organization awash with veteran GOP operatives who are advising the governor as he eyes a presidential bid in 2012.

The dinner will be preceded by a low-dollar reception at a nearby restaurant, where supporters can contribute a minimum of $50 for the chance to meet Pawlenty and pose for photos. Hill staffers, the invitation reads, get in with a half-price discount.

The low-dollar gathering at Capitol City Brewing Company is being billed as a "Pretzels & Pints" with Pawlenty - a friendly title suggesting a slightly lower calorie count than the "Sundaes with Mitt" fundraiser hosted in Washington last month by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, another 2012 contender.

The D.C. events will be followed on Nov. 4 by what an aide called Pawlenty's first "major" fundraiser in Minneapolis.


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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    T-Paw has no backbone and doesn't even look presidential. He needs to stop wasting his time and work for the people of Minnesota.

    October 2, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Doug, New Jersey

    Tim please investigate the voter fraud in your state. Al Franken and ACORN should not be allowed to fix this election.

    After 2000, Democrat swore that they would never again lose a close election. Now, when it is close and a republican edges out a victory, the libs create fake votes out of thin air and claim victory. For the sake of Democrasy, we need to stop the libs from stealing our elections.

    October 2, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. victim of republican greed

    Such an empty suit. Most people would not order off the dollar menu at McDonald's for his fundraiser.

    October 2, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Gneiss

    I wish Pawlenty would remember that he is a sitting governor and that Minnesota is faced with a potentially crippling deficit over the next several years. Oh yes, he's already blown that off as "manageable" and even excoriated a former Republican governor for raising concerns.

    October 2, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It wouldn't surprise me that he would run. He is not the best candidate that the Republicans have, but he is certainly better than Palin. Granted that isn't hard. What can he show for the time he served as governor?

    October 2, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Dee, 1 Vote

    Gov P, I got my $50.00, will get a job and great medical care? NOT! Pres Obama is my vote in 2012!

    October 2, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. ~~ July ~~ ( Working HARD to make TX Blue )

    and are you going to serve Freedom Fries? jjajaaajaaa

    October 2, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. redleg

    The politcal thugs and liars he has chosen for his team tell me what to think of him. You are the staff you hire.

    October 2, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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