WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty is set to report that he raised $4.5 million in the last three months and has some $2 million in the bank.

The former Minnesota governor’s campaign says it will report about $1.4 million in cash on hand for the primary contest. Another $600,000 will be available only if he wins the GOP nomination.

Friday is the deadline for presidential contenders to file their second quarter reports with the Federal Election Commission. The reports — showing their donors, spending and debt — will be early barometers of each campaign’s viability.

Pawlenty is also announcing a slate of finance co-chairmen, hoping to highlight his campaign’s strength ahead of an August straw poll in Ames, Iowa, the next real test in the presidential contest’s early days.

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Comments (11)
  1. Thurston Howell IV says:

    I hate poor folks.

  2. Matt says:

    sure he can raise money for himself, but he can’t raise money for the state of minnesota

    1. Tom says:

      @ Matt

      Very True! That was because his boss at the Taxpayers league David Strom wouldn’t let him. But considering T-Paws polling in IA and elsewhere that money is not going too last long.

  3. Zed says:

    Minnesotans would donate money for him to shut up and go away…..

  4. DFLSUX says:

    Another Republican hard at work.

  5. Shirl Mann says:

    pawlenty may want to put some of this away for his early retirement

  6. Ronald Raygun says:

    Just remember who comes knocking door to door asking for handouts during the election… oh right, thats the DFL. I slam the door on their faces every time too. Good for them to sway young mindless idiots… it’s a wonder our school system is so bad.

  7. Concerned! says:

    I still believe that there should be a cap on what each party/person can spend on their campaign.. Really 6.5 Million…..That is wrong, and uncalled!

  8. Tammy says:

    Everytime I see his face I want to throw up

  9. Murph says:

    Pawlenty might by two more votes with it from two people not comatose during one of his whining ,desperate pleas for love and votes.Too bad Tim,they just don’t want a dictator.Too bad you weren’t raised as a human,you might understand that!

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