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The Free and Strong America PAC, which Mr. Romney oversees, has distributed donations to high-profile GOP candidates including $5,000 to Robert F. McDonnell, who is running for governor of Virginia, and $7,200 to Chris Christie, who is running for governor in New Jersey.

Mr. Pawlenty is raising money for his PAC, but also for the Republican Governors Association, where he serves as vice chairman, to support candidates in 2010.

“The 2012 campaign is another universe,” Mr. Musser said. “Right now, he’s traveling to help other Republicans and helping Republican causes as the party starts to work its way back.”