Pawlenty unveils finance team
March 28th, 2011
09:51 AM ET
4 years ago

Pawlenty unveils finance team

(CNN) – Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is raising the curtain on a 16-member fundraising team for his expected run for the White House.

A source close to Pawlenty confirms to CNN the Monday unveiling, which comes one week after the former governor announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee.

Pawlenty is not as well known as some of potential rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, so a strong showing when it comes to fundraising is important for Pawlenty, as he tries to prove his strength in the months leading up to the start of the primary and caucus calendar. The timing of the finance team announcement comes just four days before the April 1 start of the second quarter of fundraising.

On a call last week with supporters, Pawlenty advisers said they would ask major donors to hold off on contributing until April, the source confirms to CNN.

Pawlenty is naming Brian Haley as his national finance director. Haley most recently served in the same position for FreedomFirst PAC, Pawlenty's political action committee. Haley also held a similar position at Sen. John McCain's Country First PAC and Friends of John McCain, the senator's re-election campaign.

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Filed under: 2012 • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    He'll get his Tea party wackos all energized and the Koch brothers prepared to fund a little "Swift Boat" lying. He's a male version of Bachman – crazy, able to define every problem in it's most extreme detail, and unable to offer any real solutions.

    March 28, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Why is this freak, who let the bridge collapse happen in Minnessota, even thinking about running???
    Seriously, just having a face like this guy should automatically disqualify you from running for President of the US, not to even mention the Minnessota disasters this freak created...

    March 28, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Dan

    It is interesting Tim Pawlenty is paying attention to the revenue side of the equation. I suggest he cut spending on his campaign. In Minnesota's biennium budget plan that was 6 billion dollars short, he didn't dedicate a single page to the revenue discussion in his power point presentation at the Minnesota OMB. He used unallotment illegally to eliminate care for the poorest mentally ill in MN and his own appointed court told him so after he was sued and lost. Folks can call it standing on principles; I call it hoping to be President by not raising taxes and failing to govern. And when he claims he never raised taxes, the truth is, by reducing LGA, he forced many local governments to raise mill rates, so he did. I'm one Minnesotan who won't vote for Tim. If you want to see a governor actually govern; you can watch Mark Dayton meet the challenges and maybe even possibly raise taxes to meet the revenue requirements of the state.

    March 28, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    "Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain!"

    March 28, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. cgarcia

    This is a funny looking guy, wouldn't want to look at him for 4 years.

    March 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Little Timmy reaches out to 'freedom first' and 'country first' which will ensure he stands for freedom from corporate taxes and will put billionaires and corporations before country.

    March 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Poor Timmy P. Three years ago, when it was all but assured that John McCain would pick Pawlenty as his VP candidate, Pawlenty was stepped over by Queen Sarah. Today, when Pawlenty has all but assured himself HE is expected to become the Republican candidate for President, in steps Michele Bachmann, taking not only his voting block away from him, but much of his fundraising expectations as well. Pawlenty is fast becoming another Norm Coleman - always sitting on the rejects fence waving the winner on.

    March 28, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Is this the same group of people that helped drive MN 6 Billion dollars in debt? Can't wait to get that robo-call!.

    March 28, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Why is the little Banjo Boy from Deliverance even bothering? He is a joke!

    March 28, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Mike in MN

    We need TPAW as president like we need a bullet to the head. Who cares that he left the state $6 billion in debt before leaving office.

    March 28, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    I don;t care who T-Paw's financial team is. I they're conservatives, they're probably 95% Fascists!

    March 28, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    You would think that hiring all these unemployed republicans would bring our unemployment rate to less than 8%.

    March 28, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Are you kidding me ?

    The 16 member team are his family member's ! Talk about throwing your money down a hole ! I wonder who is advising this guy ? Why won't they tell him that he has no chance of winning ? To be POTUS you have to have charisma ! Timmy has about as much charisma as Napoleon Dynamite ! Give it up Timmy , you're just not Presidential !

    March 28, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. ThinkAgain

    What the GOP has: Plenty of money, thanks to the Citizens United case. (BTW, when will impeach proceedings for Chief Justice John Roberts start? He lied under oath during his confirmation hearings that he would respect legal precedent – then brought before the Court the Citizens United case, ruling to overturn 100 YEARS of legal understanding!)

    What the GOP doesn't have: Any ideas/policies that ARE NOT PROVEN FAILURES.

    Voting for a Republican is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders ...

    March 28, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Shawn

    ...and the whole world yawned. Republicans are going to have to come up with much, much better candidates if they want to seriously challenge Obama. Right now it looks pretty hopeless for them.

    March 28, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. desi

    Mr.Pawlenty,is One of the Political Circus Clowns that have turned modern America Politics into a sideshow. His list of so called Agenda,is "NIL". His Teaparty" Makes no sense to the, Thinking sensible Masses? Their main agenda is breaking the backs of the middle class,and the Unemployed! I have to laugh or be Paranoid!.

    March 28, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Chumlee

    Please CNN, who cares about this light weight loser former Governor of MN!!

    March 28, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. juliei4

    I think some research should be done when this guy was gov of MN. From what I hear from my family there, he cut some taxes, but increased user fees for everything and shuffled a lot of expenses to local governments which means the everyday working Joe ended up have more taken from his pockets then when the tax rates were where Pawlenty found them. Sound familiar? This is what the GOP does best – the let me cut taxes but take more out of your pocket a different way shuffle.

    March 28, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |