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. Julie

    Hope the press will talk to the people of MN about how much their local and county taxes and user taxes went up under Pawlenty. He cut state taxes some, but dumped everything back on county and local governements leaving people paying more taxes overall. I just returned from a visit to MN – didn't hear one good word about Pawlenty taking care of average Americans. I hope the press does their work on this guy and what he has done (or not done) in Minnesota.

    October 22, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Asia, MT

    He can head there all he wants, he will never be president. Why? Because he represents the greedy, do nothing, just say no party that never gets off the pot unless it's something to make money for their benefactors.

    Stay where you are Pawlenty, because Washington and the country needs is YOU.

    October 22, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Ron in GA

    Pawlenty – Palin 2012

    October 22, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Fair_is_Fair

    If the people of Minnesota don't loke him and think he's the villiage idiot (Michelle Bachman is the female version), what makes him think he can convince the rest of the country he's capable? What a clown.

    October 22, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Jessica - St. Cloud

    Like he has done such a stellar job in MN...

    October 22, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Shannon,Dallas,Texas

    The very fact that he would align himself with Rep. Michele Bachmann is troubling enough for me to question his judgment.

    What is he thinking?

    My favorite Bachmann quote: "I have experienced that throughout my political career [I was] labeled a kook."

    You don't say.

    October 22, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Steve, New York City

    I FAR FROM agree with most of Governor Pawlenty's views, but I'll hand it to him – this guy sticks to policy issues, and he seems to have a genuine interest in uplifting America . . .

    . . .and unlike some folks on the extreme right (birthers, loud-mouthed imbeciles like Glenn Beck, drug addicts like Rush Limbaugh, others) . . .the governor seems to pursue his policy goals (in very much the same way Ronald Reagan did) – he does not go demonizing his political opponents.

    October 22, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    T-Paw is not presidential material.

    October 22, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Limp-Dick Blimpaugh

    Another Reslug with NO balls.

    October 22, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Jon

    Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant needs to get his facts straight. Pawlenty's record here in Minnesota is barely conservative and in now way innovative. The state is better off with him on the campaign trail.

    October 22, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. MnJohn

    Pawlenty's healthcare solution in Minnesota?? He is in the process of kicking thousands of the poorest Minnesotans off healthcare in the name of balancing the budget. As part of the "church every Sunday" and "family values" crowd (per his last election in 2006 campaign literature indicated) – he obviously he never made it to Matthew 25 or the 'Good Samaritan' parable in the New Testament. but of course that doesn't differentiate him that much from the crowd who he is now trying extract money from.

    October 22, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Reformed Republican

    AH YES...

    An evening of Bachman, beer and blovation – Now that's a fundraiser! The only thing missing is Rushblo, Beck and pointed hood party favors.

    Just goes to prove once again that even hypocritical, evangelical, batcrap crazy rethugs can seperate foolish, teabagging conservatives from their money by bleating the proven tactics of "fear, smear, mock and lie"...

    October 22, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Peter s

    Just say No to the party of NO NO NO cry baby whiners!!

    October 22, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. chase

    I like Pawlenty. He's like the gentler, softer side of the GOP.

    October 22, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Susan from, as close as it gets to Alaska, Minnesota

    Pawlenty is one of Cheney and Bush's "Brown Shirts" – he is part of the no new taxes group that got us into this economic mess in the first place. His recent decision to medically displace 30,000 poor members of our Minnesota society to "balance the budget" shows his ability to write off human lives without concern for the outcome. He is not a good choice for any ethical revision of our medical system and should not get anywhere near a position of power again. Minnesota used to be proud of the way we balanced our tax monies for the rich as well as for the low income. We did not have pockets of extreme poverty. Not anymore. His decisions have affected all the cities, ie property taxes,Hennepin County Medical Center, the University of Minnesota, Hennepin County Social Services, and Hennepin County Probation. His decisions have aided the quest for the rich to get richer and too bad about the ballooning lower class. We need politicians with guts tempered with vision and a conscience.

    October 22, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. Roger

    I can only hope that they allow Michele Bachmann to speak or just open her mouth I know she has to be Sarah Palin's sister....

    October 22, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Patrick - Indianapolis

    As a young person, I would like to say that nothing about Pawlenty attracts me. Find a republican that isn't only interested in supporting big business and pushing the extreme far right agenda and I might take an interest. Until then, you can just remain irrelevant.

    October 22, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. jack

    Governor, please run and ask Sara to be your running mate. If you do, you will be looking for another job on Nov. 6th. You won't be going to D.C. for the big party on Jan. 20.

    October 22, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Karen

    Innovative record? Please, I live in Minnesota and all Pawlenty has had to say as governor is, "No new taxes." Meanwhile, a state that used to be a leader in all categories is deteriorating–e.g., a bridge that fell because God forbid, we collect taxes to repair and replace failing infrastructure. I caution everyone out there to beware of this seemingly moderate looking candidate. He lacks both ideas and backbone.

    October 22, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Beth

    God help us. Even the Minnesotans don't like him.

    October 22, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. steven harnack

    These folks really do have no shame!Come to a paid shill for special interests home to meet me and bring $5,000 each for the privilige. I can see him reaching out to the average American. Freedom from your money first.

    October 22, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. Hateful Liberals on the Loose

    obama's going to hand anyone the next election.
    on obama's watch:
    – worst job loss rate since the depression
    – we're so far in debt our grandkids will suffer
    – never took ownership of anything (just blames Bush)
    – no economic growth
    – troops left with no support from White House (except for allowing gays to serve – the next will be enormous expenses having to refurbish ships to accommodate the cross-dressers and "gender confused")

    I'll have my dog run against obama in 2012. She'll take him easily.

    October 22, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. brad

    This goes to both parties. Got to end this insane process of fund raising and get back to doing your job you've been elected to. Nothing seems to be getting done.

    October 22, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. snowball

    This guy has never effectively run Minnesota. He's a zero, and people in our state are ready to run him out.. He's unable to work with liberals or anyone who isn't an extreme conservative. Actually, he knows nothing but how to use his veto pen. Our state is in shambles after his reign of terror with the poorest of the poor ending up with no medical coverage. This means they must use emergency rooms for care, which creates an insolvable mess for the hospitals with emergency rooms, because they don't have sufficient staff, space or money to become primary health care givers.

    Pawlenty needs to get out of the business of representing the public, because he just can't do it. He's only interested in promoting himself.

    October 22, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. James E

    Why do all the speech around the country when he should be running Minn..,. This is an example why this country is in bad shape because every time a person runs for an elective office, he/she would dump it for higher calling rather than finishing the job he/she started.

    October 22, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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