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Pawlenty PAC Spent $302K On Election Finale

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Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty addresses supporters at the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting Feb. 19, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty addresses supporters at the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting Feb. 19, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Money went out the door of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s political action committee faster than it came in during the final few weeks of the 2010 campaign.

Pawlenty’s Freedom First PAC informed federal campaign regulators Thursday that it spent $302,000 from mid-October through mid-November. The committee raised $140,000.

Pawlenty is exploring a run for the Republican presidential nomination. Distributing money to Republican candidates is seen as part of that effort. He has also traveled around the country to campaign for GOP hopefuls.

Since forming the Freedom First committee last year, Pawlenty has raised more than $3.3 million and spent most of it.

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