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TPaw looks for $$$ on East Coast

Following yesterday’s story that some of Tim Pawlenty’s campaign aide are getting little or no pay, comes a report that the former governor is working the East Coast hard next week to raise money before the next campaign finance filing deadline.

Candidates need to have a good showing on those reports to keep up the money momentum.

Says The Hill:

Between Monday and Thursday, the former Minnesota governor is scheduled to travel to New York City, Atlanta and Florida to make one last fundraising push before Thursday’s second-quarter filing deadline with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

And that’s important because:

Political observers will scrutinize Pawlenty’s second-quarter report next month to see if he is raising enough money to contend for the Republican nomination.

Pawlenty has consistently said he won’t raise enough to match the fundraising hauls of the field’s front-runner, Mitt Romney. But he has said he will take in enough to be competitive.

“We’re going to have enough money to run a competitive and successful campaign,” he told NBC the day after his campaign announcement last month. “It may not be the BMW or the Mercedes campaign. But it’ll be a good solid Buick and maybe even trending toward a Cadillac.”

But signs have crept up over the past few weeks that indicate Pawlenty might be having trouble reaching his goals.

There’ll be lots of interest in the coming finance reports:

The second-quarter reports will be the first true test of the GOP field’s fundraising prowess, since almost every contender announced his or her candidacy after the first-quarter filing deadline.

Pawlenty is competing for major Republican donors with Romney and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), a Tea Party favorite, has also demonstrated the ability to raise large sums of cash during her career in the House.

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