October 22nd, 2009
12:37 PM ET
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Pawlenty heads to Washington for first PAC fundraiser

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is raising money in Washington on Thursday.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is raising money in Washington on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is holding the first fundraiser for his newly-formed political action committee Thursday night in Washington.

The fundraiser is actually two events: a low-dollar "Pretzel and Pints" event at a popular Capitol Hill bar, and a "Leadership Dinner" at the home of lobbyist John Milne and his wife Deb Anderson where guests are asked to raise or contribute at least $5,000.

The money will go to Pawlenty's "Freedom First" PAC, which was launched at the beginning of the month and gives the governor the ability to travel the country in support of other Republicans as he eyes a possible presidential bid in 2012.

The first event is aimed at introducing Pawlenty to young Republicans and Capitol Hill staffers - the kind of operatives who might make up the backbone of Pawlenty's staff if he seeks the White House.

"A lot of young people are really drawn to Governor Pawlenty's innovative and conservative record," Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant said. "Meeting Pawlenty over some pretzels and pints is a fun bonus."

Four Republican members of Congress from Minnesota are listed as co-hosts: Reps. Michele Bachmann, John Kline and Erik Paulsen, as well as lobbyist and former Rep. Vin Weber.

The money will go to Pawlenty's "Freedom First" PAC, which was launched at the beginning of the month and gives the governor the ability to travel the country in support of other Republicans as he eyes a possible presidential bid in 2012.

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

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: Michele Bachmann • Minnesota • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. mike

    ok how are we going to help the american people lets lower taxes thats great but I am not working and my unempolyment benefits ran out and your
    republican butt heads on the hill voted NO for an extension now what other line of crap are you going to feed the american people

    October 22, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Emma

    I wonder about his chances of getting beyond the primary elections. Of course it seems the GOP would favor him over Palin. I can visualize Obama winning over either of them.

    October 22, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    TPaw and Michelle are a toxic pair.

    No how No way NEVER

    October 22, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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