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.