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Pawlenty still $100,000 in debt

Pawlenty’s debt stood at more than $450,000 in October.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty still has to pay off $103,000 in debt accrued by his presidential campaign, which ended in August.

Pawlenty raised $400,000 between October and December and spent nearly $374,000 during that time, according to new Federal Election Commission data. Pawlenty’s debt stood at more than $450,000 in October.

Pawlenty’s contributions included $45,000 from the American Action Network, a political action committee run by former Sen. Norm Coleman. The group purchased the Pawlenty campaign’s supporter database.

Mitt Romney’s family also donated heavily to Pawlenty, who endorsed the former Massachusetts governor in September. Fourteen Romneys donated a total of $33,000 to Pawlenty between October and December. Politico notes that Romney campaign staff, donors and business associates contributed to Pawlenty as well, bringing the total haul to $66,000.