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Pawlenty Beefs Up National Fundraising Team Ahead Of Presidential Bid

Governor [dot] State [dot] MN [dot] US(BLOOMINGTON, Minn.) -- As he ramps up his likely 2012 presidential bid, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is turning his attention to building a robust fundraising organization.

ABC News has learned that on a conference call with major supporters Monday morning, Pawlenty plans to announce a team of new finance consultants, including Brian Haley, who will serve as his national finance director. Haley recently served in the same position for Pawlenty’s Freedom First PAC and in a similar role at the Country First PAC, chaired by Sen. John McCain  and Friends of John McCain, McCain’s re-election campaign.  Haley served as the Deputy National Finance Director for McCain-Palin 2008.

Joining him will be Deputy National Finance Director Katie McBreen, who spent the last two years as the finance director for Sen. Jerry Moran’s successful race in Kansas last year. before that she worked for Governor Mitt Romney's campaign in 2007 and 2008.

On a call with supporters last week, Pawlenty announced the formation of his presidential exploratory committee. At that point, advisers to the former Minnesota governor said that they would ask major donors not to make contributions until April when Team Pawlenty kicks its efforts into higher gear.

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