October 22nd, 2009
12:37 PM ET
10 years ago

Pawlenty heads to Washington for first PAC fundraiser

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is raising money in Washington on Thursday.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is raising money in Washington on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is holding the first fundraiser for his newly-formed political action committee Thursday night in Washington.

The fundraiser is actually two events: a low-dollar "Pretzel and Pints" event at a popular Capitol Hill bar, and a "Leadership Dinner" at the home of lobbyist John Milne and his wife Deb Anderson where guests are asked to raise or contribute at least $5,000.

The money will go to Pawlenty's "Freedom First" PAC, which was launched at the beginning of the month and gives the governor the ability to travel the country in support of other Republicans as he eyes a possible presidential bid in 2012.

The first event is aimed at introducing Pawlenty to young Republicans and Capitol Hill staffers - the kind of operatives who might make up the backbone of Pawlenty's staff if he seeks the White House.

"A lot of young people are really drawn to Governor Pawlenty's innovative and conservative record," Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant said. "Meeting Pawlenty over some pretzels and pints is a fun bonus."

Four Republican members of Congress from Minnesota are listed as co-hosts: Reps. Michele Bachmann, John Kline and Erik Paulsen, as well as lobbyist and former Rep. Vin Weber.

The money will go to Pawlenty's "Freedom First" PAC, which was launched at the beginning of the month and gives the governor the ability to travel the country in support of other Republicans as he eyes a possible presidential bid in 2012.

The D.C. events will be followed on Nov. 4 by what an aide called Pawlenty's first "major" fundraiser in Minneapolis.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: Michele Bachmann • Minnesota • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Deb (long island)

    Governor Pawlenty I would not let Michelle Bachmann anywhere near my fundraisers if you want to be seriously considered.

    October 22, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Stacie

    What is with the GOP and their fundraising PAC's????

    October 22, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. A.B.

    Governor Pawlenty, take my advise: FORGET RUNNING FOR THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION!! YOU WON'T WIN!! Your solution for healthcare reform is no solution at all since it does not address the inherent systemic flaws in the American healthcare and health insurance systems.

    October 22, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Joseph-Ohio

    So who's running Minnesota while the Gov is stomping for a 2012 bid? If our Government Leaders spent as much time working as they do setting up their future we would all be in better shape!

    October 22, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Stacie

    If he were a true Republican hopeful for the 2012 election, he'd quit his job as governor ASAP. The only people left in the Republican party seem to prefer quitters who endlessly roam around the country giving speeches or promoting books.

    October 22, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. hollywood california

    yeah right! pawlenty doesn't have the cojones to even win the primaries.
    niether does sarah or any member of the repugnant party! in fact there is not one member of the repugnant party right now that can lead this country in the right direction. RIP PARTY OF NO!!!!

    October 22, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. hongli

    Tim Pawlenty is a FRAUD.

    October 22, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. montag24

    "A lot of young people are really drawn to Governor Pawlenty's innovative and conservative record."

    Oh yeah? Who?

    October 22, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Gordon Shumway

    Save your money, folks!

    October 22, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Dude's got fluffernutter for brains. All that need be said as proof is that he's got Bachman there hosting.

    October 22, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. RRRUSA

    The GOP hammered Obama as out campaigning for two years before the 2008 election and not doing his elected job in his own state.
    Isn't Pawlenty doing the SAME THING? "Traveling the country eyeing a Presidential bid'.....
    How can this hypocrite criticize Obama??

    October 22, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. fred

    May God have mercy on each one of us and on Pawlenty's apocalyptic sails.

    October 22, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. victim of republican greed

    Timmy wants to bring that republican culture of corruption back.

    October 22, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Bld

    At the time I lived in Minnesota, which was a few decades ago, a zero like Pawlenty would not have had a chance at any state or local office. How he get to be the governor?

    October 22, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. vic nashville , Tn

    If I am right I heard 20% identify them as republicans so to win 2010 or 2012 republicans must ignore Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty

    October 22, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Rigel

    Pawlenty...

    This is the man who could have ended the Al Franken battle months earlier (when ALL knew what the outcome would be). But he decided not to end the delay (and give the Democras that magic 60th seat)

    Imagine that, putting party politics before your own state! I guess having his state have proper Senate representation wasn't important.

    October 22, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If Gov. Pawlenty is smart he won't put a mic anywhere close to Michelle Bachmann not unless he plans to self destruct before he gets started.

    October 22, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Ted

    This guy might actually make a good GOP candidate for prez, but the GOP is enamored with the likes of Sarah the quitter and Mitt Romney.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 22, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Ted Tartaglia

    When you look at the co-sponsors, it looks like it will be a gathering of wingnuts. Go losers!

    October 22, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Debbie

    Pawlenty is just a no go for me. He has zero to offer. Not being from his state I watched when he was in the national spot light. And what did I see?

    No real foreign policy experience. He has visited foreign countries and so have I but that doesn't make me qualified to form policy. (Living next to Canada doesn't really qualify either)

    His domestic policy experience is for a state that is 21st in population size. That is barely dealing with 50% of population nationally.

    Economically Pawlenty has nothing to offer than a standard GOP line. Not that those are all bad ideas but he has nothing new to offer. We need new ideas for the mess we are in.

    Politically I saw the Franken fiasco!

    Pawlenty has nothing for me to even look at as a potential candidate.

    October 22, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. proudmemberofthepartyofdumbasrocks

    Ouch!! What's that uncomfortable feeling down below? Why, its Pawlenty taking a shot at burying his [R] nose up your hind-quarters. Only neo-tard rightwingers and the sexually adventurous will enjoy his attention.

    October 22, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. DS

    Gov. Pawlenty has done a great deal here in Minnesota to mess up education at all levels even greater harm to health care. He is not a "moderate," he is a conservative in the yuk variety of Republicans.

    October 22, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. ANGIE IN PA

    GO! GO! GO! Take Bachmann with you do it! bring that 20 percent down to single digits i beg you. Hahahahahahahahah,Just some of her nonsense and far right propganda should send the youths running scared oh it keeps getting better and better for the Democrats!!!

    October 22, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. victim of republican greed

    I was flipping through the channels and saw Senator Alexander on MSNBC. After listening to him, I can see why he and 29 of his republican colleagues voted against making those responsible for the gang rape of a defense worker for Halliburton in Iraq accountable.

    October 22, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. John jr

    Oh boy I know the people of minnesota are glad to be getting rid of him. Yup and yet another PAC. more firggin lobbyists to be sure right behind him just loaded with repblican christian rightwind nut bag mone! god they all need to just go away! This guy is a idiot!

    October 22, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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