by Dustin Krutsinger

Pawlenty is currently on his ‘Road to Results’ tour of Iowa.  It was at his first stop of the tour, in Coralville, Iowa, where I met up with the Governor.  It was here, where several statements by the Governor lead me to conclude that he is no leader…he is a MIS-leader.

Claim: Today, Pawlenty again stated that his campaign had raised the second most in fundraising, second only to Mitt Romney.

Fact: Pawlenty came in third behind both Romney and Paul.

The Details: Pawlenty’s official FEC reportshows the following:

Yes, you in the back…what? You’re saying 4.3M is not more than 4.5M…are you sure?
6. Cash on Hand at BEGINNING of the Reporting Period   116,646.51
7. Total Receipts This Period   4,335,694.99
8. Subtotal (6 + 7)   4,452,341.50

Compare that with Paul’s official FEC report showing the following:

6. Cash on Hand at BEGINNING of the Reporting Period 0.00
7. Total Receipts This Period 4518947.59
8. Subtotal (6 + 7) 4518947.59

The reports make clear that Pawlenty’s second quarter fundraising total was 4.3M while Dr. Paul’s second quarter fundraising total was 4.5M dollars.

When Pawlenty stated he raised the second most, I pointed out that Paul had raised more than him, he said, I think our revised figures showed that we raised 4.5M, so we tied.

Not satisfied, I contacted the Pawlenty campaign for comment, of which they had two. The following statements are from Alex Conant Pawlenty’s national communications director:

First comment: “Since most media are comparing what the campaigns have raised since they announced, the 4.5m number is most accurate.”

Fact: Yes and no, since Pawlenty was the only candidate to announce the formation of an exploratory committee prior to the start of the second quarter, it could be said that both claims are true, First that media was comparing campaigns since they announced and second that the media was reporting second quarter numbers only and inadvertently including Pawlenty’s first quarter fundraising at the MIS-Leading of the campaign.  With most media reports sprinkled with ‘second quarter’, I think this is a bit MIS-Leading for the Pawlenty campaign to release a press release stating 4.5M for stories to be written with that figure prior to the release of the FEC report showing the second quarter 4.3M figure.

Also Nick Ayers, Pawlenty Campaign Manager had this to say to supporters via email:  “ Today’s FEC disclosure reports make this point clearly. We came in second place in Republican presidential fundraising.”  Since the FEC disclosure reports he was referring to were of the second quarter, it is clearly MIS-Leading to state they came in second in fundraising.  Continue Reading here…