Pawlenty's PAC takes in $724K in second quarter

The political action committee (PAC) of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate, took in close to $724,000 last fundraising quarter.

Freedom First PAC raised $723,801 between April and June of this year, and its total cash on hand is at $939,413. The committee spent $83,806 on state and national campaigns in that time frame.

Observers are scrutinizing the fundraising reports of several to judge the strength and vibrancy of their donor bases heading into the midterm elections and looking forward to the 2012 presidential campaign.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) Free and Strong America PAC took in $3.5 million in the first half of 2010, and received about $1.5 million in the second quarter, more than any other potential GOP presidential contender with a similar committee.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) PAC took in $865,000 in the second quarter and has raised about $1.3 million this year. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's (R) PAC has received $278,000 through May.