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Pawlenty Campaign Broke?

Posted on | June 24, 2011 | 14 Comments

This report from the Washington Post suggests that T-Paw hasn’t exactly been a fundraising superstar:

At least five top advisers to former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty have been working for little or no pay for several months, a campaign source said Wednesday.
The news establishes with more certainty the emerging portrait of Pawlenty as struggling to keep up with the larger and better-funded operation of his main rival for the Republican presidential nomination, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. . . .
While some staffers are temporarily forgoing a larger paycheck, others signed up with the understanding that they would volunteer their time for the long term, said the Pawlenty aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal personnel matters. . . .

They’re trying to spin this as a good thing:

“Our consultants are either volunteering their time or working for peanuts,” he said. “This may be hard for some in Washington to accept, but they’re on Team Pawlenty for the right reasons — they believe in the candidate and cause.”

Politico‘s Ben Smith observes “if their unpaid status was a point of pride, they hadn’t been advertising it.”


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