Pawlenty building Florida donor base

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty remains little-known beyond his home state, but he has begun to line up wealthy donors, a critical constituency. Even as he draws low single-digit support in early polls, Mr. Pawlenty has amassed a substantial roster of well-connected GOP donors and fund-raisers in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination.?r. Pawlenty has had early luck with Bush-family benefactors, including Massachusetts real-estate investor Chris Egan and Phil Handy, a Florida businessman who was chairman or co-chairman on all three of Jeb Bush’s Florida gubernatorial bids. Via The Wall Street Journal with a h/t to Florida Morning.

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