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Associated Press, Published October 14 2010

Pawlenty's national fundraising push tops $3M

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's national fundraising committee took in more than $565,000 between July and September, bringing his total haul above $3.1 million since forming the fund a year ago.

Pawlenty's political advisers supplied third-quarter fundraising figures for the Freedom First political action committee ahead of an official filing with federal campaign regulators. Pawlenty also has separate PACs in Iowa and New Hampshire, which have generated another $250,000 since they were set up.

Between the three funds, he had $667,000 in the bank on Sept. 30.

The possible presidential candidate has used the accounts to foot travel costs, pay consultants and cut checks to GOP candidates. So far, he has sent money to more than 160 candidates on the ballot.

If he runs for president, he'll have to raise separate campaign money.

The full report listing donors and expenses wasn't immediately available Thursday.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.