Washington (CNN) Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty raised just over $4 million between April and June, his campaign announced Friday, a figure that experts call disappointing for the GOP presidential candidate.
"Gov. Pawlenty will report that his campaign has raised about $4.2 million and begins the third quarter with more available cash-on-hand than the Republicans who won the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary had in 2007," spokesman Alex Conant said in a statement.
"He obviously wanted to do a lot better," Republican consultant Ford O'Connell said. O'Connell, who worked on the McCain-Palin 2008 ticket, is not affiliated with any campaign this cycle. "His name ID is not in a good place. A key to a successful run for the GOP nomination is to do well in Iowa."
In fact Pawlenty, who has been working to build support for well over a year, is planning on spending a lot of time in the Hawkeye state and has said he needs to do well there. He is planning on competing in the Ames straw poll in August and has even started advertising in the state – all of which takes resources.
But this fundraising number for the key second quarter of fundraising is expected to cause more scrutiny of his campaign's strength.
"It raises more questions about his validity to stay in the long haul and win out. If he can prove himself to be a more viable candidate then he can get more money," said O'Connell.
Of the $4 million Pawlenty brought in, some of it is set aside for a general election campaign, if he makes it that far. The campaign would not specify amounts, but a source familiar with the numbers told CNN the amount for general election was "relatively small."
Regarding the cash on hand the candidate has, the campaign is not saying specifically how much. At the second of the second quarter in 2007, John McCain had about $1.4 million, and Mike Huckabee, who went on to win the Iowa caucuses, had about $400,000.
Pawlenty is in the lower rung of candidates among recent polls, and some experts have said he was not helped by his appearance at the CNN New Hampshire debate last month when he failed to directly confront former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney over his health care plan for the state after criticizing him the day before.
The two term former governor is working to position himself as the establishment alternative in the GOP race to Romney and is selling himself as a proven conservative leader with fiscal and social conservative credentials. However, the entry of Rep. Michele Bachmann into the race is seen as a major problem for Pawlenty because she also draws support from some corners where he hopes to gain traction, and she also has strength among the same constituencies. A Des Moines Register poll last weekend showed her in a statistical dead heat in Iowa with Romney.
- CNN's Abby Livingston contributed to this story.