Governor Pawlenty is getting some financial help for his Iowa based political action committee from someone who has helped him win reelection in 2006. Big time Texas donor Bob Perry and his wife gave $50,000 to Pawlenty’s PAC.
It isn’t the first time Pawlenty has benefitted from Perry’s generosity. In February, Pawlenty hand delivered a $100,000 check from Perry to the Alabama Republican Party.
Perry also gave $500k to A Stronger America-Minnesota in 2006. That group ran TV ads ripping Democrat Mike Hatch, during Pawlenty’s reelection.
Perry is best known for giving to The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group that ran ads in 2004 criticizing Democrat John Kerry.
Other GOP heavyweights including Minnesota business leaders Stanley Hubbard and David Frauenshuh and Francis Rooney, a former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican and big-time fundraiser for President George W. Bush. You can read the full report on who donated to Pawlenty here.
Pawlenty also used his PAC money to help some Iowa candidates. The biggest contributors are Terry Branstad, the GOP candidate for governor, and House Minority Leader Kraig Paulsen. Pawlenty made 42 contributions to state candidates. You can read how Pawlenty spent his money here.