Pawlenty raises $4.2M in second quarter

GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty raised around $4.2 million between April and June, according to his campaign.

The number is considered low for someone trying to position himself as a top-tier candidate.

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"Gov. Pawlenty will report that his campaign has raised about $4.2 million, and begins the third quarter with more available cash on hand than the Republicans who won the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary had in July 2007," Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant said in a statement. 

Pawlenty's campaign did not release the exact amount of cash his campaign has on hand. 

The former Minnesota governor's campaign hoped to show a strong second-quarter fundraising number to boost the candidate's standing in the field. 

Pawlenty spent almost all of the past week on an East Coast fundraising tour in order to bring in more cash from major donors. The candidate attempted to make up ground after speculation that his fundraising fell off following his panned debate performance in New Hampshire in June. 

No GOP candidate is expected to match Romney, who is likely to take in between $15 million and $20 million in the second quarter. Pawlenty has pledged he will raise enough to be competitive.

Pawlenty's numbers hew closely to former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, who raised $4.1 million over the past three months, though much of it came from his personal savings.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), a deft online fundraiser, took in $4.5 million this week alone in a last-minute fundraising push.