January 27th, 2009
05:12 PM ET
11 months ago

Palin launches political action committee

SarahPac will allow Palin to travel nationwide to campaign for Republicans.
SarahPac will allow Palin to travel nationwide to campaign for Republicans.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sarah Palin has launched a new political action committee called SarahPac, signaling that the Alaska Governor intends to remain a player in national politics even after her failed bid to become the country’s first female vice president.

"SarahPac will support local and national candidates who share Gov. Palin's ideas and goals for our country," says the PAC’s Web site, which promises that Palin will be "a strong voice for energy independence and reform."

A spokesperson for SarahPac confirmed that Palin is behind the group and said it was registered with the Federal Election Commission on Monday evening. The Web site went live on Tuesday morning and is already soliciting donations.

"The PAC is a smart thing to do because she’s getting so many speaking requests still, so if she gets a request from, say, Bob McDonnell in Virginia, she could do that travel out of her PAC money,” explained the spokesperson, noting that Palin has been in high demand from Republicans around the country since the campaign ended. In December, the governor traveled to Georgia to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Saxby Chambliss in that state's runoff election.

Palin posted a note on her Facebook page Tuesday afternoon promoting her new committee.

"Hi Friends, I wanted you all to be among the first to know that I've launched my new political action committee, SarahPAC, today," the post says, telling supporters to "stay tuned for updates."

The domain name "SarahPac.com" was registered on January 2 to Campaign Solutions, a Web consulting firm in northern Virginia with longstanding ties to John McCain, which processed online donations for the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee in 2008. The URL is set to expire in 2012, according to online records.

Rebecca Donatelli, the chairman of Campaign Solutions, confirmed her company is working for the group.

Calls to a Palin adviser in Alaska were not immediately returned.

UPDATE: According to a copy the FEC filing, SarahPac's statement of organization was filed by Virginia political consultant Timothy Crawford, who is listed on the paperwork as the group's treasurer. Reached by phone, Crawford told CNN he plans to sit down in the coming weeks with Palin to discuss her plans for the committee.


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soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. Arthur

    Dear Lord help us all.

    January 27, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. joe

    Is anybody really taking her seriously?

    January 27, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Aaron

    Oh, great. I was hoping this creepy woman would crawl back under the rock she crawled out from under. She is, without a doubt, trailer-trash personified.

    January 27, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Ubi

    Why won't she just disappear?

    January 27, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Let us forget about Sarah Palin and get on with backing our current President in his attempt to dig us (and the world) out of the mess created by the powers (Republican) that have been...

    Sarah is honestly a waste of time.

    January 27, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. diane yowell

    She's going to spend her life "winking" which is so
    stupid. She just looks stupid. She needs to be taking
    care of her family. She has two daughters coming up
    and Mom wasn't there for Bristel so lets get with the
    program and be a Mom, some women can handle work
    and parenting, she is not one of those women.

    January 27, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    Go Sarah Go.....

    January 27, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. lizz

    Ask this woman to get lost. She is so annoying.

    January 27, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Rick in Indiana

    Sarah, on behalf of our nation's progressives, thank you from the bottom of our oversized liberal hearts. While you're at it, keep blaming mean old Katie Couric for your own lunacy, schedule a couple interviews with rabid-right radio, and hold another presser or two in front of a puppy-grinder. You are truly the gift that keeps on giving.

    January 27, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Jeffery

    When will the white trash skank from Alaska, just go away? Enough already, her babul is old and tired.

    January 27, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Does this woman not realize that she was a flash in the pan, and one whose flame went out very quickly once she got off script? She needs to try and rehabilitate her reputation back in Alaska and stick to state politics. She is not ready for the national stage.

    January 27, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. John M. in CA

    How she thinks: "Me, me, me, me, me, me. Enough about me. What do YOU think... about me.

    January 27, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Melissa

    Ugg... someone tell this idiot to go away. Sick of her and I most definately would NOT donate to ANYTHING with her behind it.

    January 27, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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