March 24th, 2009
03:17 PM ET
5 years ago

Democrats and GOP seek to cash in on Palin

Both parties are trying to use Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to fundraise.
Both parties are trying to use Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to fundraise.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Congressional Democrats and Republicans disagree on just about everything - except for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's fundraising potential.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee asked supporters Tuesday to make a donation to help stop the former vice presidential candidate and her fellow Republicans from blocking President Obama's policy goals.

"The Republicans have called on none other than Sarah Palin to headline their big fat-cat fundraising dinner," James Carville, a Democratic strategist, wrote in a Tuesday e-mail. "You know they're going to use every last dime they raise to try to slam the brakes on President Obama's change agenda."

Carville, a CNN contributor, is referring to the announcement by congressional Republicans that Palin would be headlining a major fundraising dinner in June. But it is not clear if Palin will attend the fundraiser, let alone headline it. A Palin spokesman said the governor did not know about the event, and it appears there was some confusion between her staff in Alaska and political aides in Washington.

While Palin has yet to make a decision on the dinner, an organizer of the fundraiser said that they are still "moving forward as planned."

What's clear is that Republican and Democratic political strategists believe that Palin can be an effective tool to raise money.


Filed under: DCCC • James Carville • Sarah Palin
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Lilarose

    When it is time for Sarah Palin to run once again for national office, she won't be such a pretty face anymore.

    She will be closer to fifty (50) by then.

    I don't think as many of her support base this last election (like the GUYS) will be as interested in what is in her head when the rest of her is starting to fall apart.

    March 24, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Keith, Co

    My brother didn't vote because Sarah Palin
    My uncle didn't vote because Sarah Palin
    My dad didn't vote because Sarah Palin

    She not only raises money for Democrats but suppress votes from moderate Republicans and pushes centrist independents away!

    She will split the Republican party or worse she will splinter the party
    leaving total chaos in it's ranks.

    March 24, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    James Carville, you are the man and know a good thing when you see it. Loving it.

    March 24, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. Ancient Texan

    Carl,, the GOP will be back much quicker than you think or want. Have you looked at the disaster Obama has created in 64 days? Try 2010 for a upheaval of the congress.

    March 24, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. Go Tina Fey!

    "... . Shine the spotlight on the opposition..." and if they are squeaking clean ... the spotlight is a good thing!

    If you think you can see Russia from your house, that abstaining from sex will stop teenage pregnancies – and the government should pay for it – can't name any Supreme Court decisions or the papers you've read ... and have numerous ethics charges as governor ... then maybe being in the spotlight is not a good thing for you but good for the country.

    As for ethics – yes, the Democrats have ethically challenged people in leadership positions: that does not give Palin the right to run rampant! The "everybody's doing it" didn't work in 3rd grade and doesn't work now!

    March 24, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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