FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2010 file photo, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum gestures during an interview with The Associated Press, in Washington. Now this is a fundraising frenzy. Former ... more 
FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2010 file photo, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum gestures during an interview with The Associated Press, in Washington. Now this is a fundraising frenzy. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential exploratory campaign is organizing a big phone bank fundraiser in Las Vegas next month. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been holding “friendraising” meetings in places like Florida, Puerto Rico, Nevada and California. And Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has been meeting finance and political operatives in California, Florida and New York while also making more traditional campaign stops in early voting states. GOP presidential hopefuls are scurrying behind the scenes in a cut-throat dash to raise cash and assemble influential backers during the key April-June fundraising period. With the 2012 primary campaign off to a relatively late start, the candidates are under intense pressure to demonstrate their credibility this quarter before a slower summer fundraising season kicks in. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Manuel Balce Ceneta, File
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