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Caught Our Eye

Posted by Garrett Snedeker on May 3, 2012

The top spokesman for former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) during his run for the Republican nomination earned six figures last year from Pawlenty's political organizations before the candidate bowed out in August.

That's what Alex Conant reported in his financial disclosure, when joining Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) office late last year. Conant collected a combined $103,000 from the governor's two fundraising arms, Pawlenty for President and Freedom First PAC. Conant also lists $60,000 income from Conant Communication, his personal consulting firm. It is unclear how much of those earnings, if any, came from advising the Pawlenty campaign. 

Senate ethics rules require new employees to disclose income from the year of hiring plus the calendar year prior. Conant's disclosure indicates that he only covered the 2011 calendar year. According to Conant's Linkedin profile, he started working for Pawlenty's PAC in October 2009 and for his presidential campaign in March 2011.

Pawlenty withdrew from the GOP presidential primary in August after a poor showing in Iowa's Ames Straw Poll.