Gov. Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC reports raised $566,000 in the first 3 months of 2010. Pawlenty released the figures by news release. We won't get the specifics until the report is filed with the FEC. The deadline is April 15th.
Here's the full release:
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Governor Tim Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC announced today that it raised over $1.84 million in its first six months, including over $566,000 in the first quarter of 2010. The funds are being used to spread the Governor's common-sense message and elect conservative candidates in 2010.
"President Obama and Congressional Democrats are taking our country in the wrong direction and Americans have had enough," said Governor Tim Pawlenty. "We need to put freedom first again in America, and stop the out-of-control spending in Washington. The early support for our organization will help us elect candidates who can rein in Washington and renew the promise of freedom."
Since the beginning of the year, the majority of Governor Pawlenty's political activity has been on behalf of other candidates, state parties, and the RGA. In the last three months, he's attended fund raisers and events to help Republicans in more than half a dozen different states, including Alabama, Florida, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Texas.
In a report to be filed with the Federal Election Commission next week, the Freedom First PAC will report that it received nearly 2,000 new donations in the first quarter of 2010 and began April with over $911,000 on hand.
"We're very pleased with another strong quarter for the PAC," said Phil Musser, senior advisor for the Freedom First PAC. "Between his work for the RGA, the PAC, and the many events for state parties, Tim Pawlenty is moving the needle in terms of helping Republicans prepare to win this fall."
Gov. Pawlenty has some work to do if he hopes to gain traction among Republicans in the southern states in 2012.
The Southern Republican Leadership Conference held a 2012 straw poll this weekend and Pawlenty finished seventh among a group of nine candidates. He received support from 3 percent of those polled.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney edged Texas Congressman Ron Paul for first place with 24 percent support. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was third followed by former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Pawlenty, who canceled his appearance at the New Orleans event because he wanted to attend today's troop ceremony in Minnesota, finished four votes behind Indiana Congressman Mike Pence.
Pawlenty also didn't fare well when respondents were asked for their second choice in 2012. He finished sixth among the same pool of candidates.
You can find the full poll results here.