January 29th, 2010
09:39 AM ET
4 years ago

Pawlenty PAC raises $1.3 million last quarter

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,
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,

(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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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. MN voter

    Yes – the very conservative record of talking alot and not doing anything constructive. 2750 people will want their money back

    January 29, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. Zach K

    Pfft. Mr. Pawlenty doesn't even know if he ran today, he would actually lose to Obama in his home state. :P

    January 29, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Seth

    Tim Pawlenty = PLENTY of POSSIBILITIES

    He has great experience, great communication skills and will be the next great President of the United States of America!

    January 29, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Raising money for a candidate who has no chance of winning.

    January 29, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Florida Joe

    Yep surround yourself with folks that tanked Romney's 2008 campaign..Great move

    He didn't run for term 3 because Minnesota is a disaster under his watch

    January 29, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. C Spurgeon

    What a choice..Pawlenty or the plastic man..Wow..Spend your money!

    January 29, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. FactCheck

    Ah yes, the fellow who tried to balance the state budget by cutting spending on things like transportation and healthcare. As a result, they got the collapse of the I35 bridge and sex offenders in nursing homes. Sounds like a real winner there.

    January 29, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Yes, he is running for president. There would be very little reason to raise this much money unless he was going to do that. I doubt that he will be the money man for other candidates.

    January 29, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Please...we Democrats would LOVE to run race against the man from the Land-of-a-Thousand-WHINES. Bring it on!

    January 29, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. mike

    tim got Palwlenty of crap as the recession comes to a close and
    companies start to hire he will be under the bus with the tea party
    the GDP went up to 5.9 percent but the GOP won't talk about that
    they like to talk the same old tim palwlenty crap look what happened when obama went after the supreme court for campaign money not
    one republicans stood up in support they don't want big government
    they want big business to vote for them not you what happened to
    john Mccain on campaign reform the old fart can't talk

    January 29, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Doraine Gordon

    Who in their right mind would even consider voting for this man as President? He refused the stimulus money knowing what bad shape his state was in. He refused to sign off on Al Franken as Senator knowing full well he won the election. And all the people are leaving Minnesota. The people can't get jobs and the employment prospects look very bleak for the next 25 years. All the people in Minnesota have to look forward to is alot of cold weather. He can trot around the country collectng all the money he wants to but it won't do him any good. He doesn't have what it takes.

    January 29, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    The rich buy favors from every single candidate, in both parties. Precisely why the Supreme Court Decision, was the wrong one. It caters to the special interests, and indeed makes them bigger players, in subverting the good of the people.

    January 29, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. James

    Pawlenty's potential presidential bid would be more realistic if he hadn't bankrupted the state of Minnesota by refusing to raise revenue and abusing his executive authority.

    January 29, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. Disgruntled Progressive

    Fools and their money soon part.....

    January 29, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Alvin and the chipmunks

    Thats a lot of money Dave,I mean Tim,maybe you should get Bachman to run with you.Lets get that water tested in Minnesota shall we,he doesnt stand a chance.

    January 29, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Timmy is a gloom and doomer, not an optimist. He is white though, and does not seem to care about regular citizens, so he would fit right in with the tea baggers. He is not much into fixing our infra-structure, and that is also a plus.

    January 29, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. a health economist

    "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,"

    HA! That's hillarious! Oh, we just love him here in Minnesota. He connects really well with his consituents when he spends his entire time compaigning for a potential 2012 Republican bid for president. And the balancing of the budget by cutting funding to schools, local governments and transportation hasn't had one negative impact. The I-35 bridge would have fallen anyway. And those teachers that were laid off aren't needed. If the people want them they will just raise local taxes, like many local governments did in order to keep police and fire protection levels from not changing.

    Thanks Governor Pawlenty. This sarcasm is for you.

    January 29, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. mj

    Move to minnesota and see what a mess he has created. he hasn't balanced the budget. It is the complete opposite. He has also withholding money from schools because of his idiotic spending in Minnesota.

    January 29, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Future expat

    T-Paw: more effective than Lunesta, Ambien.

    January 29, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. hello!

    waste of money....:)

    January 29, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. CHUCK

    Another Republican that has little chance beating the current president.

    January 29, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. harvey

    and just like Mitt the twit did in Massachusetts, Pawlenty got elected on a no tax increase pledge and then raised state fees to help balance the budget. Tim also has his hands full explaining why he's cutting millions from health care funding and will force thousands of Minnesotans to lose their insurance. His New Access Communications company was fined in several states for illegally switching customers to their service. can't wait for the list of contributors to be made public.

    January 29, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. A disgusted former Republican

    Pawlenty is just another Refusenik who has no new ideas, no solutions, no nothing!

    January 29, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Robert in Texas

    Who cares what this light-weight republican nobody does or says...?
    If his supporters want him to throw away their money, that's their business.

    January 29, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Minnesotan

    One point two million is a paltry sum compared to most other presidential PAC's. But then Pawlenty, our missing-in-action Governor, has always loved to open his mouth and let the manure fly.

    January 29, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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