(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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