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Former Rep. Kennedy named treasurer for Pawlenty presidential exploratory committee

WASHINGTON — Former Rep. Mark Kennedy will serve as campaign treasurer for Tim Pawlenty’s presidential exploratory committee, according to organizing documents the nascent campaign filed with the Federal Elections Commission.

Pawlenty announced Monday he would be forming an exploratory committee to run for president, and as such is subject to reporting requirements by the FEC. The relevant paperwork was hand-delivered and marked received on Monday. Kennedy’s position on the campaign was listed on that form.

Kennedy was a Republican representative in the U.S. House from 2001 to 2007. He left Congress to run for Senate in 2006 against Amy Klobuchar, but eventually lost that race. Most recently, he has been working as a consultant.

Officials with Pawlenty’s camp had earlier said that the effort would be headquartered in Minnesota. According to a statement of organization form, the address of record is in downtown Minneapolis, on the 9th floor of the One Financial Plaza building.

Campaigns are also required to list which banks they’ll be using. Pawlenty has two, one based in Minnesota and one here in the D.C. area. The Minnesota one will be Wells Fargo in Bloomington, while here they’re using BB&T, a bank prominent in the South but which doesn’t have a branch in Minnesota (the closest one I could find is in Indiana). BB&T is the nation’s 18th largest bank (as of December, 2010), and was one of the first TARP bailout recipients to fully repay its federal loan obligations, with interest.

And something that may just interest me: His name on the form isn’t Tim Pawlenty, rather they’re using his full first name: Timothy.

Pawlenty’s full statement of organization can be found here.

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