Tim Pawlenty's Florida connections
Probable Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, who was in Tallahassee on Wednesday, has raised $3.4 million through his political committee, Freedom First, and spent much of it. Pawlenty donated to more than 80 Republican candidates for Congress last year, including Florida U.S. Reps. Sandy Adams, David Rivera and Allen West.
Pawlenty collected about $95,000 in Florida, including donations from Joe Fogg of Naples, a top fundraiser for former presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani; Hoe Brown of Tampa, a GOP fundraiser and Mitt Romney supporter in 2008; and Christopher Ruddy of West Palm Beach, the CEO of Newsmax.com.
Pawlenty was guided around the Capitol by Phil Musser, a senior adviser with ties to former Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla. Musser also worked on Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.