Publish date:

Tim Pawlenty has already raised $1M for his governor run

His fundraising far outstrips his GOP rivals.
Author:

It's only been a few weeks since he announced, but already Tim Pawlenty has significant financial backing in his run for governor.

The former Minnesota governor announced on Tuesday that his campaign had raised more than $1 million by the end of March, just a few weeks after taking its first contribution.

Pawlenty only confirmed he was officially running on Apr. 5.

By contrast, KSTP's Tom Hauser notes that Jeff Johnson, who won the GOP straw poll in the February caucus precincts, raised $105,000 in the first three months of 2018.

Related:

– Tim Pawlenty confirms he'll run again for governor.

– Sign up for our daily newsletters

Pawlenty's financial backing is probably not surprising given he's spent the past five years as a lobbyist in Washington D.C., and the Star Tribune reported in February he hosted a private meeting with 100 of Minnesota's richest Republicans.

His finances now rival and even exceeds those of his potential Democratic opponents, which comes just two months after it was reported DFL candidates were out fund-raising Republicans by as much as 4 to 1.

Pawlenty's campaign says it has just over $972,000 cash on hand as of Mar. 31.

"We've received extraordinary support for our commitment to find a better way forward for middle income Minnesotans who are getting squeezed," said Pawlenty.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' defense fuels win over Pelicans

The Wolves' have bought in on the defensive end as part of a 2-0 start.

Minnesota Wild

Ryan Hartman's OT goal helps Wild stay undefeated

The Wild improved to 4-0 with a win over the Ducks.

Mar'Keise Irving / Gopher Football

Gophers pound Maryland to stay in Big Ten West race

Four different players scored a rushing touchdown in a 34-16 victory over Maryland.

Father Paul Kubista at St. Mary of Czestochowa

Controversy after Delano priest shares vaccine misinformation in church bulletin

Father Paul Kubista is pastor at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church.

robberies

Mel-O-Glaze, DreamHaven Books robbed at gunpoint minutes apart

The businesses were hit by three robbers just six minutes apart on Oct. 21.

Cambridge house explosion

Explosion destroys house in Cambridge, 5 injured

The explosion occurred early Saturday morning on the 33000 block of Hillary Circle.

MAHMOUD MOHAMED HAMADA

Charges: Lyft driver sexually assaulted woman in her home

The defendant is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Pixabay - black bear

Black bear bites professional baseball player in western Wisconsin

The former MSU-Mankato star was bitten in his back.

mickey moore driver's license shared

Beleaguered Ward 9 city council candidate loses Strib endorsement

Mickey Moore has faced questions in recent days about where he actually lives.

Related

GOP candidate withdraws from governor race, blames Pawlenty

Pawlenty's fundraising has dwarfed his GOP rivals.

Tim Pawlenty is focusing his attacks on Tim Walz - and vice-versa

But Democrats also think Pawlenty is the main Republican threat.

Tim Pawlenty won't seek endorsement at GOP convention

He'll focus his efforts on the Republican primary, he confirmed.

In first TV ad, Tim Pawlenty goes after Jeff Johnson

His focus is not on Democrats, but his GOP primary opponent.