Tim Pawlenty by the numbers
December 2nd, 2010
04:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Tim Pawlenty by the numbers

Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Gov.Tim Pawlenty's political action committee spent more than $300,000 in the final weeks leading up to the midterm elections, as the possible 2012 GOP presidential candidate criss-crossed the country helping campaign for fellow Republicans running for office.

Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC spent $302,000 from mid-October to mid-November, according to records filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.

A Pawlenty adviser says much of the money was spent on the governor's travels on behalf of GOP candidates or in director contributions to those candidate's campaigns. Pawlenty's camp highlights that the governor made 16 stops on the campaign trail across the campaign trail in the two and a half weeks leading up to Election Day.

Included on those stops were two events with Florida Republican nominee Rick Scott on Oct. 19 and two campaign rallies with Pennsylvania Republican nominee Tom Corbett on Oct. 29. He also joined the GOP gubernatorial nominee in Ohio, former Rep. John Kasich, on Oct. 29. Scott, Corbett and Kasich all won their elections.

Pawlenty adviser and spokesman Alex Conant tells CNN that the outgoing two-term governor is proud of his PAC's efforts to "help elect a new majority in the House of Representatives and help elect dozens of Republican governors."

According to the filings, the Freedom First PAC raised more than $3.3 million since it was created in the fall of 2009. Besides his federal PAC, Pawlenty also has state political action committees in Iowa and New Hampshire, which hold the first two contests in the presidential primary and caucus season.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    T-Paw pardoned a sex offender who went on to molest again. Kiss 2012 goodbye. Didn't Huckabee do the same thing?

    December 2, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. John Boehner is the dumbest person to become speaker

    How does an empty suit like Pawlenty get $300,000 in donations to his PAC in the first place? Don't republicans read the requests for money before they write their checks?

    December 2, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Thank you Democrats for stopping the Republican party of apartheid who clearly practice legal and economic separation for the rich only. Thank you Mr. President, we don't want the Republicans to continue apartheid.

    December 2, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Does this megalomaniacal dimwit spend any time in MN actually governing the state? Geez. No wonder they have imbecile preachers on the radio in that state ranting about a black, muslim congressman supporting the gay agenda as a means of instituting Sharia law in America...and even capping it off with a reference to him 'putting a rope around" his own neck by doing so (yes, 'tis true, check teh Googles). It's like the whole state has been lobotomized.

    December 2, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. PalmReader

    Isn't it rather early in the game to be trying to eliminate Palin's competition, CNN? Understandably, she will need the media's help because left on her own, she is rather helpless, but, geesh, CNN, Pawlenty hasn't even announced HIS presidency hopes yet.

    December 2, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    Take the money and run you moron. You and newt and the half term are all done.

    December 2, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "If Congress didn't misuse the money collected for social security it would be solvent."

    It IS solvent through approximately 2040. The glass ceiling for income taxed to contribute it is $106,800K. A modest raise in that amount, since it has been the ceiling for so long and not adjusted for inflation, etc., would easily make it solvent for far longer. Don't believe the hype just because the guy who is yelling it at you is all red int eh face, wears the correct team logo and has gotten you all confused and scared. Go do some research...teh GOOGLES is the GOP's worst enemy...your failure to show any intellectual curiosity their best friend.

    December 2, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Not to worry. He'll soon be justifying his expenditures as *traveling fees*.

    December 2, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "I expect these same Economic Wizards will solve the unemployment problem by passing extended unemployment insurance in perpetuity."

    CBO recently released a study ranking the methods available for us to help stabilize the economy and create jobs. Guess what ranked first? No, not atx cuts for the wealthy...that actually ranked last. What ranked first was....wait for it....

    unemployment benefits

    Why? Because they stabilize demand. All those people without an income who are right now depleting their retirement savings etc. (and will have to try to replace it double-time once they finally get a new job) SPEND THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IMMEDIATELY. Unemployment bennies are a virtually 100% pass-through of the money back into the economy. They pay their bills, stave off foreclosure, buy groceries, buy gas to get the kids to school and themselves to interviews, etc. etc. etc. This helps the small businesses that serve their communities as well. But where does that money go, since we all know that there's no such thing as economic gravity and what goes up doesn't come down? Yes. Eventually it ends up in the pockets of the rich and corporations who horde and consolidate it...but at least it did some good first and not only stabilized demand, but helped stabilize some peoples' lives and their familiies' lives.

    Now, let's take a look at where additional tax cuts for the already extremely wealthy go: their investment accounts, which are full to the brim with economically useless CRAP like derivatives and hedge fund investments that do not add to the economy or spur the growth of industry. And no, neither does buying a Maserati (or, of course, a golden toilet). The idea that they take an ostensible increase in their income and immediately go "oh joy, I can turn this around and hire more people" is hogwash. They just got an increase in their income FOR DOING NOTHING. They didn't have to hire. They didn't have to expand. They didn't have to compete better. They just... BLAM...got more money. Yay. Theycan save for that 120 foot yacht all the quicker AND stick a golden toielt on it....or maybe send a thank you check to the RNC. Trickle-down economics is a LIE. The greed is good free market economic model eats its own tail.

    December 2, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    And BTW, it's downright SHAMEFUL for CNN to be hypng the controversy over the tax cuts without a single story about that CBO study...but we understand...that study RUINS the controversy because it COMPLETELY DELEGITIMZES THE GOP's POSITION, and, well, most of you folks over there on the other side of the camera smiling pretty don't really want your tax cuts to expire, do you.

    December 2, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. timz

    Maybe Slick Timmy should have invested some of that cash in another new wardrobe for Sarah Palin and family.

    December 2, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. D

    Tim who?

    December 2, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. Jen

    Tim, no one is going to vote to put you in the white house, give it up and go away.

    December 2, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |