Pawlenty raised $4 million in second quarter
July 1st, 2011
04:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Pawlenty raised $4 million in second quarter

Washington (CNN) Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty raised just over $4 million between April and June, his campaign announced Friday, a figure that experts call disappointing for the GOP presidential candidate.

"Gov. Pawlenty will report that his campaign has raised about $4.2 million and begins the third quarter with more available cash-on-hand than the Republicans who won the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary had in 2007," spokesman Alex Conant said in a statement.

"He obviously wanted to do a lot better," Republican consultant Ford O'Connell said. O'Connell, who worked on the McCain-Palin 2008 ticket, is not affiliated with any campaign this cycle. "His name ID is not in a good place. A key to a successful run for the GOP nomination is to do well in Iowa."

In fact Pawlenty, who has been working to build support for well over a year, is planning on spending a lot of time in the Hawkeye state and has said he needs to do well there. He is planning on competing in the Ames straw poll in August and has even started advertising in the state – all of which takes resources.

But this fundraising number for the key second quarter of fundraising is expected to cause more scrutiny of his campaign's strength.

"It raises more questions about his validity to stay in the long haul and win out. If he can prove himself to be a more viable candidate then he can get more money," said O'Connell.

Of the $4 million Pawlenty brought in, some of it is set aside for a general election campaign, if he makes it that far. The campaign would not specify amounts, but a source familiar with the numbers told CNN the amount for general election was "relatively small."

Regarding the cash on hand the candidate has, the campaign is not saying specifically how much. At the second of the second quarter in 2007, John McCain had about $1.4 million, and Mike Huckabee, who went on to win the Iowa caucuses, had about $400,000.

Pawlenty is in the lower rung of candidates among recent polls, and some experts have said he was not helped by his appearance at the CNN New Hampshire debate last month when he failed to directly confront former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney over his health care plan for the state after criticizing him the day before.

The two term former governor is working to position himself as the establishment alternative in the GOP race to Romney and is selling himself as a proven conservative leader with fiscal and social conservative credentials. However, the entry of Rep. Michele Bachmann into the race is seen as a major problem for Pawlenty because she also draws support from some corners where he hopes to gain traction, and she also has strength among the same constituencies. A Des Moines Register poll last weekend showed her in a statistical dead heat in Iowa with Romney.

- CNN's Abby Livingston contributed to this story.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Aaron

    Too bad he does contribute some of that money to help clean up the budgetary mess that he left Minnesota with.

    July 1, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. gutsycall

    He blew it in the debate. Now he seen as weak, pandering, afraid. He blew it. Mitt Romney was the obvious person to go after over Romneycare, and yet he sat their like a mouse afraid to eat the cheese.

    July 1, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Republican Robber Baron

    Why bother? He does not even have the guts to take on Mitt Romney, yet alone deal with serious issues like the deadbeats in the Senate that never want to do any work.

    July 1, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Obama/Biden 2012 - Four more years of record unemployment, $1.7 TRILLION yearly deficits, crushing debt, Obamacare, golf, vacations, speeches and class warfare

    Tim's too nice, too whimpy to be President. Already got one of those in the Whitehouse that we need to flush.

    July 1, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. HUH????

    At this stage, 4.2 is terribly low for a so-called "front-runner".

    I mean, with the way the media has been obsessing over Pawlenty, by calling him a front-runner and such - selling him to us non-stop - over the period of a year - for free - I was expecting Pawlenty to raise at least 6-10 million.

    Now, I wonder how much of that 4.2 million is from special interest groups.

    July 1, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. MarineVet

    Those donors are "Pawlenty' stooopid.

    July 1, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    He wants to do to the U.S. what he did to Minnesota??? No Thanks. Bush already did that and (just like Minnesota) the democrat is being blamed.

    People are soooooooooo ignorant.

    July 1, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Expat American

    Pawlenty has as much personality and is as sharp as a pillowcase full of wet hair....He and Bachmann had better drop out sooner than later and save themselves the embarrassment of being told to do so by the GOP.

    July 1, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Jen

    We had a whimpy president in the white house (bush) and look where that got us.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 1, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Patrick from Minnesota

    Thank God this hack is no longer our governor.

    July 1, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. liberal christian

    @Aaron, That's not likely to happen!

    Still waiting for them to offer solutions...

    July 1, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. polite centrist

    Can any of them get the Moderates votes?

    July 1, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. AW

    That 4.2 million dollars could have been put to better use by donating it to a charitable cause instead of wasting it on Pawlenty's pipe dream of becoming president.

    July 1, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. king

    Pawlenty is so weak he could'nt even looked at mitt in the face and confronted him about his rommey care.

    July 1, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. Darrell

    To: Obama/Biden 2012 – Four more years of record unemployment, $1.7 TRILLION yearly deficits, crushing debt, Obamacare, golf, vacations, speeches and class warfare.

    You must have been a sleep during the GWB administration. He did a lot worst that that. In fact, GWB, a Harvard MBA grad an a "successful" Texas businessman trashed the US economy, 700,000 jobs lost per month and 18 million jobs lost totaled, with his TPaw wants to do the same.

    When wake up, you will see how Obama policies saved the Am. auto industry, and the jobs that go with it, helped the Wall Street regain its footing, turn a negative economic growth into a positive growth situation. Albeit it is slowly happening, private sector job creation has been steady for the past 14 months.

    Only in your dreams you could deny reality, just like TPaw and the Republican controlled US House...Remember: Republicans made the mess, Obama is cleaning it up.

    The nightmare is over...its time to get up and forget the boogie man like GWB and TPaw...they are only around to scare you, not help you.

    July 1, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Nancy Youngwirth

    He said that he balanced the budget in MINN, what a lie he left a 5Billon dollar debt. Please just tell the truth.

    July 1, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. CVeeDub

    Here is the real story, folks. Seems that CNN has a love affair with Pawlenty. This is the second time he's been beaten by Paul and CNN gives him the head line (see that last straw poll)

    "Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has raised at least $4.5 million, and his campaign is still counting up the checks, according to a senior campaign official"

    July 1, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  18. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I think the real wimpy president was the one that couldn't find Osama bin the earlier poster was right in a way, we don't need another one in the WH like that. The GOP throws a hissy fit when the president calls them out on their nonsense but I say it's about time. I doubt if T-Paw could have done something like that, but then again being a Republican they would probably give him all wants like they did Bush. Besides what the heck is FoxNews going to do if another Republican wins the White House? They sure aren't going to slam him or her like they've done Obama the past few years.

    July 1, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. ABM

    t-paw = t-broke

    July 1, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |