Pawlenty’s PAC Running Low On Cash

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As first reported by Politico, Former Minnesota Gov. and 2012 Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty’s political action committee ran through most of its cash during the midterm election campaign, according to a financial disclosure filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission. The filing shows that his Freedom First PAC spent more than $2.8 million in 2010, leaving it with just $155,000 heading into the new year.

“In 2010, Gov. Pawlenty’s Freedom First PAC helped elect a new conservative majority in Congress and a next generation of conservative leaders in states across the country,” said spokesman Alex Conant. “We were able to donate directly to over 200 candidates thanks to the support of thousands of contributors across the country. After a great Election Day, we gave our donors a break.” The question is however, can the former Minnesota Governor count on those donors to build the coffers back up should he decide to make a run for the White House in 2012? The low cash balance could also be a sign that the potential 2012 presidential candidate is ready to wind down the committee. A bid for the White House would require Pawlenty to set up a separate account for political donations.

The former governor has now raised more than $3.5 million between his various state and federal PACs since January of 2009. Over that same period, he spent more than $3 million helping various Republican candidates get elected to office. If he is looking to make a run for the GOP nomination, he will need to raise a larger sum in a smaller amount of time if he expects to compete withe the potential field that could include Republican powerhouses Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.

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Santorum Builds Veteran Iowa PAC Team

Bookmark and Share Former Pennsylvania Senator and potential 2012 Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has added 2 veteran Republican operatives as advisors to his PAC operations in Iowa. A move which signals the seriousness of the former Senators presidential aspirations.

According to Santorum’s press release, (Santorum) announced today that his political action committee, America’s Foundation, has brought on Nick Ryan and Jill Latham of the Des Moines, IA-based Concordia Group LLC to serve as advisors.

“I am extremely pleased to have Nick and Jill on board to assist with my PAC’s efforts in Iowa and across the country. They have a proven track record of building grassroots support for candidates and conservative causes. As I continue to consider a run in 2012, they will play a critical role in helping determine if we are able to build the necessary support to embark on a possible run,” said Senator Santorum.

According to the Des Moines Register, Nicholas T. Ryan, founder and President of Concordia Group LLC, has extensive experience in Iowa. He served as a top political advisor for Congressman Jim Nussle (R-Iowa) from 1999-2006, and ran three successful congressional campaigns in Eastern Iowa. Nick is also the founder of the American Future Fund which was established as a multi-state issue advocacy group designed to effectively communicate conservative and free market ideals.

“I have respected Senator Santorum for years and am excited to have the opportunity to work for him. He has a deep understanding of the issues that matter to conservatives across the nation,” said Nick Ryan. “Senator Santorum is a full-spectrum conservative who has a demonstrated ability to motivate conservatives and Republicans. I am honored to help him continue the work he has started in Iowa by helping so many conservatives get elected this past November.”

Jill Latham serves as Principal at Concordia Group LLC. Prior to joining the Concordia Group, Jill served as Iowa Political Director for Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Jill has vast experience in government and politics, having worked on Capitol Hill and around the country, including President Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004. She also served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin from 2005 2006.

“As someone who played an active role in the 2008 Republican presidential primary, I have seen firsthand what appeals to Iowa Republican caucus goers conservative values, honesty and a commitment to standing up for what you believe in all attributes that Senator Santorum has. I look forward to working with Senator Santorum over the weeks in months ahead,” said Jill Latham.

There has been much speculation that Santorum will be making a bid for the GOP nomination in 2012. He has quietly been building a team in new Hampshire and now Iowa. He has visited both states frequently, stopping in Iowa 9 times in the last 15 months. To learn more about Rick Santorum’s credentials visit the Draft Rick Santorum website.

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