July 13th, 2009
07:08 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin PAC raises $730K in six months

Sarah Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, has raised close to $730,000 since the beginning of 2009.
Sarah Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, has raised close to $730,000 since the beginning of 2009.

(CNN) – Just over a week after announcing her intention to resign as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin's political action committee reports raising close to $730,000 in the first six months of the year.

According to a report filed with the Federal Elections Commission Monday, SarahPAC raked in $732,867 from the beginning of the year through June 30. The former GOP vice presidential candidate's PAC further reported more than $450,000 cash on hand with no debts owed.

The FEC report shows the majority of contributions, $420,000, has come from donations of under $200. By law, the PAC does not have to identify those contributors. More than 700 individuals meanwhile gave over $200 to the committee.

But Palin, who has pledged to spend her days out of the governor's office supporting conservative candidates, has yet to dig deep into the coffers for many candidates.

According to the report, the PAC has only made two political contributions this year: $5,000 to John McCain's Senate reelection bid and $5,000 to Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's effort.

Palin's largest expenditure, just over $100,000, was to Virginia fundraising firm Edonation.com.


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soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. MJ

    Go Girl – More power to her (guess the Democrats have never, ever, raised money). Take a good look at Bill Clinton.

    July 13, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Mike

    So she's going for the money. But in the immortal words of the comedian Ron White "you can't fix stupid" no matter how much money you have!

    July 13, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Adele

    All the money in the world can not buy you intelligence and we know she doesn't have any. So with all that money she still is going to stay stupid.

    July 13, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Leslie

    When it comes to accusation of bigotry, NO ONE can top Democrats for doing that; last year's election was a concrete example how the Democrats use racism and bigotry in their campaign. Democrats are just plain meanie and hateful people. They hate anyone who doesn't believe in their drivel. What made it worse they use words of Tina Fey, a comedian from SNL. How does it feel looking stupid now?

    July 13, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Bill NC

    All you have to do to understand Ms. Palin's appeal is to read the earlier (7th) comment from "JoJo". JoJo is her kind of folks. They should be very happy together on the (lunatic) fringes of American politics.

    July 13, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. carol

    Fools and their money are soon parted....................

    July 13, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. melody

    For the Love of Gawd, Pleasssssssssse, NO MORE STORIES ABOUT SARAH PALIN.

    July 13, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. thetruthisoutthere

    BINGO! – there's her higher calling! Hey, ex-guv, how about donating some of that loot to charity to show you really have a "higher calling"...i'm glad she's running for president EARLY, the more people know about her the less there is to like...

    July 13, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Terry

    That will be a good down payment to try and get Levi Johnson to shut up....

    July 13, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. What a Joke

    You have got to be kidding me. If anyone thinks that Sarah Palin can beat President Obama, thanks for the next four years. Yes she can rally – but only to her base. She has yet to get any new people, and I highly doubt independents will vote for her. If she is going to do something, she better go home and read and study. She can't even talk unless her speech is written for her. I'm not a Palin-hater, but I know nonsense when I hear it, and if you think the United States is bad now, you just wait if by chance she happens to get that job. For all you conservatives, be fair and honest when nominating your next candidate. As the old saying goes, "be careful what you wish for because you just might get it."

    July 13, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. yuri

    Gee whiz ! She sure is capturin' headlines and is cornerin' a lot of cash in a captivating manner. For whatever reason one can fathom, she clearly can coax and cajole a certain class of people to sing with her in the same tone, and tune.

    July 13, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Sharon

    The Dems have had Ralph Nadar splitting the vote for all these years. Now the Republicans will have Sarah Palin. It'll be fun to watch.

    July 13, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Homeless Democrat

    Given the current economy who can blame her?

    July 13, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. John Boy

    Do people on here wake up everyday just full of hate and vitriol? Its bad for your health and you don't want to do anything bad for your health especially if we get rationed health care.

    July 13, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. dreamer

    sadly it's all about the money and not helping our fellow americans.

    July 13, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. bj

    "GOP – Party of Tolerance" – Remember the saying, "Fool me once....."
    Well the American people were fooled once, remember GWB, and are not about to go that route again with Sarah.

    Attractive you say? Put a hood on Ms. Palin and she would have never been elected to anything because of her knowledge. We prefer intelligence over tolerance, thank you!

    July 13, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Average Guy in Kansas

    There's ya go, Ms. Palin. You're smarter than everyone thought you were. Dump the people of Alaska by bailing out early, many said. But, by gosh, you showed 'em. All that money you're raking in for your PAC shows just how smart you are and how dumb the rest of us are, right? Guess you showed you really CAN put lipstick on a pig.

    Boy, were we a bunch of goombahs, or WHAT!?!?!?

    July 13, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Trudy

    I can't wait to see which conservative Dems she campaigns for!

    Apparently she understands that in the next two election cycles it is not about retaining GOP seats – it is about retaining blue dog Dem seats.

    The Progressives are coming for the old establishment Dems and we will not lose...

    July 13, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    newsflash @ beth

    "intelligent" and "jindal" don't belong in the same sentence...to quote:

    "...something called 'volcano monitoring'?"

    weeks later a volcano erupted in Alaska causing millions in damage and polluting the air and ground for a several mile radius, forcing people to seal their windows and stay inside as much as possible...the ash even clogs and ruins car engines, preventing people from driving

    July 13, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. TangledThorns

    The sound you hear is the Leftist's heads exploding. I donated $75 to Sarah's PAC, I only wish I could have given more!!

    July 13, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. AUSTIN,TX

    JoJo...sorry to disappoint you but Sarah Palin will never beat Prez Obama. She does not have the intellect

    July 13, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. tlc

    SaraPAC or even Sarah Palin will not get one red cent of my money. A few month ago I was wondering what this SaraPAC was about. I went into it and was shocked to see that SaraPAC donations was going to Sarah Palin and her family legal fees. Major scam in my eyes.

    July 13, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. SF Serg

    She's a businesswoman, not a politician. It's time to cash in and enjoy life. Can you blame her?

    July 13, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Alicia

    So, I wonder how much was before she QUIT? Can they get their money back.

    What is the news of it took 6 months to raise this?

    Levi is correct, it is the cha ching$$$$$$$$$

    July 13, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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