Pawlenty Rakes In More Than $800,000 At ‘Kickoff’ Fundraiser

A good start for GOP presidential contender Tim Pawlenty, but he will have to do better to make it to Tampa.

Four hundred people showed up for the Minneapolis event, according to Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant. During a fundraising swing through Chicago and Texas last week, Pawlenty raised more than $800,000, and an adviser said that last night’s total surpassed that.

Pawlenty, a former Minnesota governor, is looking to make a strong showing in the second fundraising quarter as he launches his presidential campaign.

The Minnesota event happened the same week that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) raised more than $10 million in one day during a fundraising event in Las Vegas.

“Our goal is not to keep up with Mitt. Our goal is to raise enough money to have at least a Buick, if not a Cadillac-level, campaign,” Pawlenty said.



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