Salt Lake City, Utah (CNN) - Tim Pawlenty's campaign manager Nick Ayers tried to reassure staff Friday about the Minnesota Republican's shaky presidential bid, saying there was plenty of time to make up ground.
In an email, provided to CNN by a Republican source, Ayers pointed out that Pawlenty's second quarter fundraising total of $4.5 million outpaced every GOP candidate other than the frontrunner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
He acknowledged Pawlenty's relatively weak standing in Iowa polling. But he argued that early polls rarely determine the nominee.
"If they mattered this early, Obama would have never beat Clinton, and McCain would have never beaten Giuliani and Thompson who were both leading in polls by a significant margin in July 2007," Ayers wrote.
Ayers signed off with the faux Latin phrase "Illegitimi non carborundum," meaning: "Don't let the bastards grind you down."
Read the full email after the jump.
New York (CNN) - Republicans in New York's state Senate who crossed party lines to legalize gay marriage in the state have seen sharp increases in their campaign coffers, leading conservative activists to allege their votes were bought.
State Sen. Mark Grisanti of Buffalo, for instance, amassed just $30,000 from May 1 to June 24, the day same-sex marriage was approved. But in the two-and-a-half weeks after his vote, Grisanti reported receiving $73,000 in contributions – including huge donations from high-profile gay rights supporters like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Tim Gill, who is based in Colorado.
Washington (CNN) - On Saturday, the Obama campaign is hosting about 1,000 events across the country as it tries to enlarge its base of grass-roots activists for the 2012 presidential campaign. A major priority for the Obama team has been to reactivate its network of supporters who were considered key to its 2008 victory.
"This weekend will be our campaign's single biggest organizing opportunity of the summer," wrote Jeremy Bird, the campaign's national field director, in an e-mail to activists.
(CNN)-Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann may have announced her bid for the 2012 GOP nomination for president well into the second fundraising quarter, but she still managed to outpace competitors.
Bachmann will report $4.2 million in contributions to the Federal Election Commission for the second quarter, according to a Friday release. Reports for the second quarter were due to be filed Friday.
Washington (CNN)–Texas Rep. Ron Paul will report Friday evening that he raised more than $4.5 million in the second fundraising quarter and has more than $4 million in available cash for his Republican presidential bid.
Paul, who recently announced that he would not run for another two-year term in the House, has just over $1 million in his congressional campaign account. Federal law permits candidates to take money raised for a congressional campaign and transfer it to a presidential campaign account. Add the roughly $3 million cash on hand Paul has in his presidential account, and the Texas Republican has $4 million available for his White House bid at the midway point of 2011.
Washington (CNN) – We now have a glimpse into some of the high-powered help the president and his re-election team received in raising a record-setting $87 million between April and June.
The Obama campaign released a list Friday afternoon of more than 270 fundraisers–so-called "bundlers"– who helped bring in at least $50,000 for the campaign and the joint Obama for America-Democratic National Committee victory fund.
Salt Lake City, Utah (CNN) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said Friday that Rick Perry, his Texas counterpart, is "seriously considering" entering the Republican presidential race.
While he has not yet spoken to Perry about a possible run, Branstad said the Texas governor chatted recently by phone with Kim Reynolds, his lieutenant governor.
Washington (CNN)-Veteran Michigan Rep. Dale Kildee announced his retirement from the House Friday, adding to the tally of open seats that Democrats will have to defend in 2012.
Kildee served the 5th Congressional District in Michigan for 18 terms, but expressed confidence that his departure wouldn't result in a turnover.
"After careful consideration, I have decided to retire," he said in a written statement. "Now that the new congressional maps have been approved by the Michigan State Legislature, I am confident that the 5th district will remain in Democratic hands."
(CNN) – The liberal advocacy group Progressive Change Campaign Committee delivered 200,000 pledges to President Obama's campaign headquarters Friday, demanding he hold their line in debt ceiling negotiations or lose their support.
The group wants a potential agreement to include tax increases on higher income earners instead of cuts to entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicaid and Medicaid, the committee's co-founder Adam Green said Friday. Members of the group said they will not contribute to or volunteer for the president's reelection campaign unless their conditions are met.
Salt Lake City, Utah (CNN) – Jon Huntsman returned to Utah on Friday to tout his record of job creation and reducing tax rates as governor, saying his experience best positions him to take on President Barack Obama in 2012.
"The president has had over two years to fix this economy, and he has failed," he told reporters at a local business in Salt Lake City. "This very state led the nation in job growth. That's a good thing. That's what we want in the Republican nominee."