(CNN) – Tim Pawlenty's presidential campaign is upping its ante.
Hours before the deadline for the campaigns to officially file their second quarter fundraising numbers with the Federal Election Commission, a source confirms to CNN that the former Minnesota governor will report bringing in $4.5 million over the past three months. That's about $300,000 more than the campaign reported on July 1, at the end of the second quarter.
The campaign will also report having $2 million cash on hand, with most of which is for use in the primaries and caucuses, and $600,000 for use in the general election, if he advances past the nominating process.
The $4.5 million haul would tie Pawlenty with Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third bid for the White House, but would leave him far behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who's making his second run for the nomination. Romney reported raising $18.25 million the past three months. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is the last remaining major candidate who has not yet reported her figures.
Pawlenty is planning on spending a lot of time and money in neighboring Iowa, ahead of next month's crucial straw poll in Ames. A strong showing next February in Iowa's caucuses, which kick off the presidential caucus and primary season, is extremely important for Pawlenty's hopes of winning his party's presidential nomination.
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A Republican was the CEO of Minnesota for how many, eight years. He leaves office and the state's economy is a disaster. The annual budget is stricken with annual deficits from past policies implemented by the former state CEO.
A new Democratic CEO comes to power and a Republican legislature stymies efforts to reconcile the annual budget, even to the point where the state must shut itself down. That story sounds all to familiar. It sounds to much like Bush passing the buck to Obama. Let's not give it a chance to repeat itself.
That's chump change compared to the President 86 million.
Kinda like counting votes in Florida. The republicans just can't do anything right. ha ha ha ha ha
Romney craps out 4.5 million every morning