[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.