ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is out of the race for president — but still deep in debt.

A fundraising report covering July through September shows the former GOP candidate owes $453,000 for the campaign he ended in August. Fundraising consultants, building landlords and equipment rental companies, all have five-figure debts owed to them.

Pawlenty ended up spending about $4.7 million in the less than six months he was in the race. He ended his campaign after a third-place finish in a test vote in Iowa.

In all, Pawlenty raised about $5.4 million but had to return some of the money because he could only tap it if he had won his party’s nomination.

The candidates’ reports offer the first broad look at the financial health of the GOP field.

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Comments (22)
  1. not my problem says:

    What would a conservative say to someone in debt?

    Get a job.

    Then learn to live with the economy you left. Let’s see how much you like it.

    1. Just Saying says:

      Q: What do you call a Democrat with an IQ of 130?
      A: A foursome

      Q: How do you get a one-armed Liberal out of a tree?
      A: Wave to him.

      Q: What do you call a basement full of Liberals?
      A: A whine cellar.

      Q: What is the definition of gross ignorance?
      A: 144 Democrats.

      Q: What is foreplay for a Democrat?
      A: Thirty minutes of begging.

      Q: What is the Democrat doing when he holds his hands tightly over his ears?
      A: Trying to hold on to a thought.

      Q: Why did the Liberal have blisters on his lips?
      A: From trying to blow out lightbulbs.

      1. G Dog says:

        So clever! I bet you are a hit with your customers at Kwik Trip!

  2. richard says:

    Another fiscal conservative. Hypocrite!

  3. G Dog says:

    So Timmy, you spent beyond your means. Maybe you could try some accounting tricks or some “fees” wrapped in a package that the rich folks who you kow-towed to as Governor would slide to you,

    Personally, I hope you have to declare bankruptcy, have your home foreclosed upon and are next seen at a food shelf.

  4. richard says:

    It looks like tim has a “spending” problem, not a revenue problem. How many times did he state THAT when cutting programs for the poor of Minnesota? Aparently he did not really believe that “spending within his means”applied to him.

  5. Thomas Keim says:

    well he left minnesota broke so who cares about him

  6. Leave the state please says:

    Hey Tim sell your book and pay off your debt. Sorry I forgot you only sold 12 copies to relatives.

  7. pdq says:

    “…looks like tim has a “spending” problem, not a revenue problem”

    Ha! Good one!

  8. Steve says:

    I hope a debt collector goes after him ! LMAO

  9. St Paul says:

    Oh I feel so sorry for him. NOT!! How does he like this feeling – he left Minnesota even worse off than this. In fact, he owes Minnesota a lot of money!!!!! What a loser!! Just go away Timmy!!! Please!! You can live in the same state as your friend Michelle Bachmann when she bows out. hhehe!!

  10. Larry Kazmierkoski says:

    Gee just about the same as what he did to Minnesota

  11. angus says:

    Attention Just Saying: Simple minded hurmor from a sim[ple minded red neck reactionary. Did not know you were working at Kwik Trip. Thought you were still trying add 2 and 2.

    Incidentally heard them all before, but always about natives of Iowa

  12. Murph says:

    Looks like Tim will be shining a lot of shoes!But after years of hard labor at it.Still will not have $ enough to buy himself a new pair! Ifeel soooo sorry for him,don’t you?

  13. Pavel says:

    Pawlenty may be a “nice guy” like George W. Bush, but neither one of them was a success as a Governor or President. Both were self deluded. Sad, but true.

  14. Tc Kelly says:

    Tpaw did the same thing here in MN> Or did everyone forget the 5billion dollar dump he left for the next governor?

  15. keel says:

    Don’t look at it as a debt…look at it as what it really is: numerous small businesses and individuals who extended credit to this failure and were stiffed out of what was legally due them. But it’s ok when it’s Pawlenty…

  16. Reasonable says:

    oh how I love schaddenfreude

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