Pawlenty helps RNC raise money
March 4th, 2011
01:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Pawlenty helps RNC raise money

Washington (CNN) – Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has penned a fundraising email on behalf of the Republican National Committee, the first potential presidential candidate to do so this year.

Pawlenty's fundraising pitch, which includes his picture, was sent Thursday and urged his "Fellow Conservative" to "Help end the Obama era of fiscal irresponsibility and soaring rhetoric masking as leadership."

Pawlenty asked donors to contribute "$25, $50, $100 or more" and noted that "The RNC is also the only Republican Party organization that can directly support our next presidential nominee's campaign."

An RNC official said that the committee has reached out to other potential presidential candidates asking them to do the same.

"We are going to take any fundraising help we can," the official told CNN. "Governor Pawlenty is just one of the Republican leaders we've reached out to help us raise money, including people who have been speculated as potential presidential candidates."

In August 2010, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made an appeal on behalf of the RNC to help raise money for the midterm elections.

The RNC is carrying a debt of more than $22 million from the 2010 midterm elections.


Filed under: 2012 • RNC • Tim Pawlenty
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  1. Lori in St Pete

    On the message thread regarding the Florida Governor’s decision to kill HSR, a poster who calls themselves “Inmyopinion” stated that Floridians voted against HSR. Inmyopinion, I'm not sure whether you're lying, or just woefully misinformed, and that’s not just my opinion – it’s a fact. Florida voters overwhelmingly approved HSR in 2002. However, prior to the vote, jebbie was outed by St. Pete Times outstanding news reporter Lucy Morgan discussing the "dirty trick up my sleeve" to kill HSR. Florida wanted it – jebbie killed it. That seems to be the rethugliban way – if it helps regular people, it’s baaaaaaad. In 2010, Floridians voted overwhelmingly for redistricting, and skeletor is trying to kill that. It's time to impeach him and amend the Florida constitution to bar ANYONE who invokes the Fifth Amendment when they're on trial from holding ANY ELECTED OFFICE. The Federal Government should do the same, and bar any big business owner who has filed for bankruptcy from elected office. Considering the donald abandoned a high rise condo building in Tampa to become a code enforcement nightmare and a blight on the waterfront, that would exclude him.

    March 4, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Lori in St Pete

    ugh, that should have been "'a poster who calls himself". Time for lunch!

    March 4, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Pawlenty should be raising money to pay the citizens of Minnesota for the many weeks he wasn't on the job. This career politician has spent more time travelling the country setting himself up for a presidential run, than governing the state that elected him.

    March 4, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Don't be fooled

    I hope the American people are awake and voting when these bozos run for election. The Democrats have dragged their feet avoiding raising taxes on the rich as we sit unemployed without benefits and having many close friends who are in solid gay relationships it will be a cold day in h____! before I would ever consider voting for these anti-gay canidates. Don't be fooled Americans.......we need to push MADE IN AMERICA.

    March 4, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. S. In California

    He'll NEVER be president or vice-president. Did you hear that? Never – so feel free to raise ALL the money you want for others of your WIG party.

    March 4, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    Make sure you get good&PaLENTY of $$$$$ to waste!!!

    March 4, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    I got this email – I contributed to McCain's campaign back in 2000 when he had principles and a backbone, so I get RNC emails occasionally – and it made my stomach turn.

    Part of the email says, "America needs more leaders like Governor Walker who are not afraid to hide from fiscal responsibility and will tackle the challenges facing our country with commonsense, conservative solutions."

    American needs MORE leaders like Walker?

    – The man who created a deficit by cutting taxes on corporations and is now trying to balance his state's budget on the backs of union workers – who defer wages for benefits? (In other words, taxpayers don't pay for state workers' benefits; the workers pay for them themselves, by accepting benefits instead of wages.)

    – The man who won't accept union workers' wage concessions, unless they give up their rights to collective bargaining?

    – The man who plans on cutting education funding in Wisconsin by $800 MILLION in the next two years – and simultaneously wants to pass legislation that would prohibit local communities from raising taxes to replace the lost funds?

    – The man who has increased his state's budget to cover funeral expenses for the indigent? (I guess he's expecting more people in need to die under his policies)

    America, we need FEWER leaders like Walker, who are determined to destroy the Middle Class. He and his cronies want to make things so bad for the average American, that we turn to the Republicans – who have NO IDEAS THAT WORK – out of desperation and fear.

    Stand up and fight back! Don't let the Republicans scare you into voting and acting against your own self-interest!

    Write your Congress members and Senators and every other elected official and tell them you support them in standing up to the lapdogs of the rich that want to turn our country into a Third-World nation!

    March 4, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Little Timmy will never be president of the United States, nor will he ever be president of the NRA. The unfunded reckless spending on the Bush/republican wars, tax cuts, TARP, homeland security took us to the edge of a depression. Even little Timmy knows that President Obama inherited a republican mess that put our country in the crapper. Each day, with no republican help, he has worked to get us out of the Bush/republican mess, and his efforts are beginning to show.

    March 4, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. joe

    all you have to do pawlenty is negotiate with you ceo buddies,oil companys,and bankers. I wish I could be "a fly on the wall" when you do your negotiations with them! Like a bunch of beer buddies,meeting at a gambling casino. Forget the gambling with taxpayer money,just get jobs. Americans are waiting on you"

    March 4, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |