ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Tim Pawlenty’s political action committee spent most of its money last year and has a low cash balance that could signal the possible presidential candidate is ready to wind it down.

A filing Friday with federal regulators shows the Freedom First PAC spent more than $2.8 million in 2010. It had $155,000 remaining as 2011 began.

The former Minnesota governor launched the PAC in 2009 to cover costs of political travel and distribute checks to GOP candidates. A presidential bid would require him to set up a separate candidate account.

Pawlenty is part way through a book tour. He expects to make a decision on a presidential run around March.

Another potential 2012 candidate, Alaska’s Sarah Palin, ended 2010 with more than $1.3 million in her PAC account.

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Comments (17)
  1. dunnski57 says:

    Maybe Timmy could do some revenue shifts and some accounting hocus-pocus like he did with the Minnesota state budget for 8 years. Or maybe he could call contributions “fees”!!!! That seemed to work well for him once.

  2. Paul says:

    Give it up, dude. The people of Minnesota thought you sucked as Gov.

    1. James says:

      Voted in twice sir Paul. Sucked = the people unqualified to know the difference. …the people who don’t earn enough to pay taxes are always crying for a tax increase.

      Here’s a thought… provision the votes like the ownership in a stock or corporation. For every dollar spent in taxes, you get an eqivilent share of votes. That would fix this entire entitlement society in a heartbeat. “too much power for the rich” would instantly level out the tax brackets…. wouldn’t it.

      Good luck TPaw, don’t think you have a shot in the dark, but good luck.

      1. Randy says:

        Your the one who doesn’t have a clue. Pawlenty is a liar and double talking AH. No tax increase but plenty of fee’s He was a worthless governor. Glad to see he is broke. This Conservative would vote Obama back in before I voted for Pawlenty

  3. James says:

    Or maybe he could take a page out of your socialist manifesto and run his bank roll down to nothing and borrow on the backs of hard working people to suppliment a special interest cause? That message seems to work for you stadium and tax the rich types. Just make everyone else pay for it at the point of a gun. I mean, come on, he’s not Mark Dayton. He has a budget. He’ll probably stay within it and keep the check book out of the kid’s control…

    1. Fred says:

      Governor P. got 2.8 million from somewhere. details the where. What do you suppose they want from their money other than a return? This is financed from the working and middle class. The rich people who contribute do get more votes than the others. It is the paid advertising that sucks people in to a particular candidate. Like all the people who thought Norm Coleman was so wonderful for all the jobs he created is St. Paul when the Democrat across the river created far more in the same time period.

    2. Joe says:

      Remember it was the GOP minded that borrowed from China etc for 8 years. We didn’t do much in taxing but borrowed from Peter to pay Paul.

  4. dunnski57 says:

    See a therapist James. Really.

  5. Fred says:

    Does James have health insurance to see a therapist?

  6. Ralph says:

    Tim PawPaw is great at taking surpluses and turning them into deficits.

  7. Bryson Powers says:

    I can’t even stand looking at that weasel Pawlenty. He tried to remake Minnesota in Alabama’s image. What a social climbing phony.

  8. Bryson Powers says:

    Even the rich people were telling Pawlenty”Raise our taxes. You’re ruining Minnesota!”

  9. shelly rae says:

    Paul, speak for yourself. I thought he was fantastic as a Governor and fiscally responsible….yes, Mn is in debt…it may have started with rebate checks, reducing tax on license plates to $99…think about it

    1. Wesly says:

      Rebates and decreasing license fees were done early in Governor Ventura’s term. Can’t blame him for the deficit. He wanted a bump in taxes and a drop in spending but the legislature would not go for that. Is it really fiscally responsible to do accounting tricks to shift money to another year or to tell the school districts and cities you are going to fund them and then not? Governor Pawlenty wanted to reduce spending by not funding mandates like medical assistance. So then the safety net hospitals have to take care of patients without getting paid. Shelly Rae perhaps you would like to do work and not get paid, or be part of a death squad that says to patients and their family “You have no money, too bad you die”

    2. Carol says:

      Your fantastic Governor left us 6B in debt. And he raised fee’s instead of taxes. Thats double talk and a lie.

  10. Murph says:

    I hope he just goose steps off in the sunset and settles in Kentucky or maybe West Virginia where the poor always vote for someone who will keep them in poverty.They will love him down there! But there is still that district court conviction on his record from Minnesota! He could never run away from that all the way to the Presidency,what a moron!

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