In just over a week, thousands of Republican activists from across Iowa will descend on Ames for the Republican presidential straw poll. The exercise will have no concrete bearing on who ultimately wins the GOP presidential nomination. In fact, it’s often derided as a political beauty contest with candidates practically bribing participants to support them with offers of free bus rides, food, entertainment and air-conditioned tents.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty is making face time with the national political press as he sizes up a possible bid for president.
by Paul Demko
Published: July 2, 2010
Tags: Alex Conant, Brian Haley, Brian Hook, Freedom First PAC, Michael Toner, Pawlenty 2012, Phil Musser, Sara Taylor, Sarah Crawford, Terry Nelson, Tim Pawlenty, Vin Weber, William Strong
In October, Gov. Tim Pawlenty established the Freedom First PAC to solicit donations and funnel contributions to Republican candidates across the country. Here's a look at the key players advising Pawlenty as he contemplates a 2012 GOP presidential bid.