April 10th, 2010
02:20 PM ET
12 years ago

Pawlenty announces half-million dollar cash haul for first quarter

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/19/art.tpawcpac0219.gi.jpg caption="Pawlenty announced his PAC's cash haul in its first six months of existence."](CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, thought to be considering a 2012 White House bid, announced Saturday his political action committee raised $1.84 million in the six months since it was created.

According to a statement from Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC, more than $550,000 of that money came in the first quarter of 2010.

Pawlenty is pledging to use the funds to help elect conservative candidates in the 2010 midterm elections.

“We need to put freedom first again in America, and stop the out-of-control spending in Washington," he said in the statement. "The early support for our organization will help us elect candidates who can rein in Washington and renew the promise of freedom.”

Pawlenty was scheduled to appear at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference held in New Orleans this weekend but canceled the trip to instead welcome home troops who have been serving in Iraq. He is now addressing the gathering of Republican activists by satellite.

The PACs of other potential presidential candidates - including those Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney - have yet to release their first quarter fundraising totals.

Filed under: Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. john

    Tim who?

    April 10, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. ProfBill

    A half a million. huh? Who's he supporting for "Dog Catcher", again....?

    April 10, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Robert

    We need to put freedom first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Something the current Administration either never knew or have since forgotten.

    April 10, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Charlie in Maine


    And he later announced that there would be a field trip to a local "Gentlemen's Club". and they would be back for more later.

    April 10, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Mickey, NY

    It's amazing just how many fearmongering, hating, racists are out there are ready to part with their hard-earned money for nothing but a scam...

    ...you just can't fix stupid...

    April 10, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. monasterymonkey

    Merely a political ploy. The right wing nuts at the SRLC really don't care if Pawlenty shows up or not so the satellite link will suit his purposes just fine. At some future date he will wrap himself in the flag reminding everyone how he remained in Minnesota to welcome the troops home instead of advancing his own political career.

    April 10, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Pragmatic

    Pawlenty’s leadership has taken the state of Minnesota from having a financial surplus to having a $5 billion dollar deficit.

    He attempted to cut social programs serving the poorest citizens-those with mental illness, homeless, the working poor with no insurance but proposed corporate and small business tax cuts even as the state struggles to keep services like, state parks, schools.

    This is the leadership republicans are willing to donate to? Pathetic!

    April 10, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Ronald

    Gov. Pawlenty is the worst governor ever to be elected/re-elected in the state. He is not a fiscal conservative and has not made the state any better. As governor he hasn't generated any revenue, has cuts social services, education budgets, and has utterly failed in maintaining the state's infrastructure. Above all he is not welcoming or inviting to people of color or diverse groups.

    April 10, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Jan

    Is implying that because we have a black president people are now un-free.

    Stop using code, most of us are English speaking, however we all understand racist jargon.

    Stop the hate.

    Enough already

    April 10, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Sam Preston

    Gee Tim that's Pawlenty of money!

    April 10, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. harold

    You all talk about Freedom...huh?.. Freedom to be without Health Insurance in the USA..... while all you political...... people have Health Insurance.....per the USA government the taxpayer... Strange huh Republicans?.

    April 10, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |