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. We Won Get Over It

    This twit thinks he has a chance to get the nod for president. The shambles he has made here in Minnesota should be a lesson to people around the country. ONLY DOPES WANT TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT ON THE REPUBLICAN TICKET... and only the dopes out there support them.

    October 22, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Kim in Mpls

    Any one in Washington that wants to adopt this group please do so, you can put them to work at birthday, bar mitzvahs and coming out parties.

    The notion that I could buy cheaper insurance from another state isn't a solution to healthcare. That is called a "shell game"

    October 22, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. bob in LA

    Our country is still in trouble- why should we hire any of these people much less help PAY for them to get a new job?

    October 22, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Seattle Sue

    When I see Pawlenty I think of broken bridges, broken from lack of maintenance under Pawlenty's watch.

    October 22, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Ann K. Ward

    Cheney is an excellent shot, why does he not volunteer to fight, remember inTexas. Bulls Eye.
    Also where did all those W.of M.D ,go, that supposely could drive into under ground tunnels,

    Don't knock Obama–until you face the past 8 years. of what, If Obama does anything at all, it has to better than what we had, Ann Kelley-Ward

    October 22, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Eric

    This guy is a joke. He touts reduced government spending and vetos a transportation bill and the busiest bridge in downtown Minneapolis collapses during rush hour killing 13 people. Sometimes that government spending is necessary. Knowing that is a critical part of management.

    October 22, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. sifto77

    I appreciate that the republicans and Palin supporters stay off the blogs about Michelle Obama and how much they dislike her and her spending habits...–Unfortunately, there is no such consideration from the left on Palin blogs–nothing but undeserved vitrol and hate–it kind of shows the unhappniness of the left and the fear–Very sad that the left has no support for women with opposing views from their own.

    October 22, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Mike in Minnesota

    Pawlenty's solution for everything: cut taxes.
    Economy good and budget surplus, cut taxes.
    Economy bad and budget deficits, cut taxes.
    Never mind that local regressive taxes and fees had to increase.
    So the poor pays for cuts for the rich.
    His record shows it fits perfectly with the Republican platform.

    October 22, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Mark

    Please anybody but Obama. We cant keep losing more and more jobs!

    October 22, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. sifto77

    Joseph-ohio–and who is running the country while Obama constantly campaigns for 2012?

    October 22, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. candy girl

    Is Sara Palin going to be the "guest speaker"????????

    October 22, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. shucks

    Dinner with lobbyist. What a change for the republicans. LOL
    Take a muzzle with you and put it on Cheney. The republican party is destroying themselves by courting and cowtowing to the conservative right wing element of their party. The have nothing to offer the American people, and will stop at nothing to destroy America within. We are on to their shenanigans already. Fear, lies, and misinformation. I never remember any party that was out of power being so destructive and set on destroying another administration. They are the new member of the Axis of Evil. How scary that they are right here in the USA.

    October 22, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Dennis

    Oh wow. Meeting Pawlenty over pretzels and a pint is a fun bonus????? And throw in Michelle Bachmann!!!!! I am starting to tingle all over........Sorry, the young people are not as stupid as you give them credit.

    October 22, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. bill

    Great to see you out there Governer. I live in VA. and am working hard to get McDonnell elected and hopefully offer some counterwieghts to the out of control sprint to socialistic policies we are seeing.

    Prepare for the onslaught from the left, they will stop at nothing to bring down someone who wants to return this country to a land of individual liberty and exceptualism.

    We need a person like you to unify the voices and show the path towards an inclusive party that will bend where it has to but hold on to the core principals.

    I think you will find unexpected amount of willingness to devote time and treasure toward defeating what we see going on, most are just unsure where to channel their passion most effectively.

    October 22, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. J.C. - Independent & Insured

    I have no confidence in Governor Pawlenty after I listened to what he said about health care reform. He is just a professional politician, of which we have got plenty.

    October 22, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. me

    Right on, Joseph-Ohio! And Michelle B? Please! Yea, you're a winner.

    October 22, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. haren

    We need peace with everybody in the world we are tired of taking off our shoes at the airport.
    Please don[t elect any republican in higher office of presidency or give them majority in congress and senate.

    October 22, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Robert Hecht

    Another republican who see's nothing wrong in the way they did run the government, wants less controls, has no real clue how to fix health care, (which the republicans did absolutely nothing for 8 years when Bush was in office and they controlled Congress, has no idea of the overall issues facing the bulk of the country, and essentially pounds his chest behind a Freedom named group,, or uses religion and or war to push "their" way as the right way. Instead of learing from their mistakes, it seems the republicans are reforming into a self centered, right wing, semi fascist group. They seem to see only what they want to see and have no clue about the average person and the struggles average people face every day. If your a moderate, you get thrown out ot the party! If your into making money at any price, you are a good republican and good businessman. Truly sad.

    October 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Anne from MN

    We've endured this man as governor, please don't let him anywhere near the White House.

    October 22, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Nate, Oly WA

    ZERO chance in 2012

    October 22, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Scottyrw

    The Republican'ts are good at holding cocktail parties, but not too good at bringing ideas to the table. No plans or ideas .... just party while the rest of the Country suffers!

    October 22, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Wouldn't it be nice for elected officials to actually stay home and do what they were elected to do in the first place? Same goes for McCain and Kyl who are money raisers for others outside of Arizona. No wonder nothing gets done. Can't believe that they are asking for $5000 to go to dinner...what a tax payer rip off that is considering the donors will get to write that amount off on their state and federal taxes.

    October 22, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. danthesensibleman

    The GOP is completely screwed. Their party has shrunken and moved further to the right which means any candidate that will be able to win in the primaries won't be expansive enough to capture indepandant voters

    October 22, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. ran

    Run man run. you will never win but it is fun to hear you talk and with your ideas and solutions, the Democrats will have no problems defeating you.

    October 22, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. WI Independent

    So, it appears that Gov. Pawlenty has decided to recycle the McCain / Palin campaign slogan by simply changing Country for Freedom. My bets on the fact that the platform behind that slogan hasn't changed one bit.

    October 22, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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