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Pawlenty 2012: First round of PAC fundraising leaned heavily on Minnesota donors

As we noted last week, all that barnstorming that Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been doing in the past few months has paid off handsomely in bottom-line terms. Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC raised almost $1.3 million in its first three months of existence, a sum that compares very favorably to the fundraising totals of his better-known Republican rivals, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, during the same period. It turns out Pawlenty relied on the folks back home for most of that cash.

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