Pawlenty’s PAC pulls in $1.2M in opening months

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s first lap on the national fundraising circuit drew $1.3 million in contributions, leaving his new political action committee a healthy stockpile to spread around in this year’s elections.

A Pawlenty adviser said Friday that papers his federal Freedom First PAC intends to file with regulators by a weekend deadline show most of that money remained in the bank heading into a crucial 2010 election year. Pawlenty, a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, is using the money to help candidates in competitive races around the country.

Pawlenty’s filing shows he spent almost $400,000 during the three-month period that ended Dec. 31, making contributions to Republican candidates such as Scott Brown for his Senate campaign in Massachusetts, Rob Portman for his Senate bid in Ohio and others.

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