Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) raised $1.28 million from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 last year, his Freedom First political action committee will report to the Federal Election Commission.
The money came from 2,750 donors. Pawlenty, who is eyeing a 2012 presidential bid, donated to the campaigns of Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-MA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Doug Hoffman (I-NY), Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and the Minnesota Congressional delegation.
The PAC spent $395,831 in the fourth quarter.Senior Pawlenty advisor Phil Musser issued this statement:
“As more people learn about the Governor, they’re really impressed by his record in Minnesota, and his natural ability to connect with people. He’s an optimistic, authentic leader with a conservative record of balancing budgets and passing innovative reforms. The PAC is off to a solid start, and we look forward to playing a big role in the ideas debate, and in supporting the next generation of Republican leaders.”