(CNN) – Minnesota governor and possible 2012 GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty's political action committee will report that it raised more than $1.2 million the past three months, a source close to Pawlenty tells CNN.
In papers to be filed with the Federal Election Commission this weekend, Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC will report that it raised $1,279,906.36 the last three months of last year, from over 2,750 donors. The committee spent $395,831.17 during that same period, including contributions to the campaign committees for Senator-elect Scott Brown, Ohio Senate candidate Rob Portman, New York conservative congressional candidate Doug Hoffman, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina and the Minnesota congressional delegation.
Pawlenty rolled out his political action committee in October, which allows him to travel the country and raise money in support of other Republican and conservative candidates.
"As more people learn about the Governor, they're really impressed by his record in Minnesota, and his natural ability to connect with people. He's an optimistic, authentic leader with a conservative record of balancing budgets and passing innovative reforms," says Phil Musser, senior adviser to the PAC. "The PAC is off to a solid start, and we look forward to playing a big role in the ideas debate, and in supporting the next generation of Republican leaders."
Pawlenty announced last summer he would not seek a third term as governor next year, fueling speculation he is setting his sights on a presidential bid instead. Following that announcement, he became a frequent speaker at major Republican and conservative conferences across the country. He also took on a high profile role as vice chairman of the Republican Governor's Association. And he also announced a group of new advisers, several of whom advised Pawlenty's possible 2012 rival - former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney - during his 2008 presidential bid.
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