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. Donna from Colorado Springs

    So Levi was right........she did quit for the money! She can raise all the money in the world, but it wouldn't help any possible future run for office for her. Money won't buy intelligence, and that is one thing that she is sorely lacking!

    July 13, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Steve in Kentucky

    Whether it's rewriting an Alaska governor's office press release, such as the "reaction" story Friday on the ethics complaints, or reporting the latest poopy diaper of baby Tripp, CNN must have at least one Palin story every single day.

    CNN, the official sponsor of Sara Palin!

    Now, quick, think of tomorrow's Palin story and get on to it now.

    July 13, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. beth

    Since when do The Sarah followers have the right to judge that the Dems are nervous. Sooo silly!!!! I'm not nervous. The Republican party will never have her as their candidate after the fiasco with her as McCain's running mate. They will be looking for Bobby Jindal or someone conservative and INTELLIGENT. I will happily support a Republican if elected next time, if they have the capacity for the job.

    July 13, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. the southern progressive

    i have resolved any issues with the soon to be former governor sarah palin, resigning myself to the sidelines as a spectator to the barrage of haters and lovers.. extremes which i leave reserved to other things worth my energy.. but i will say this..

    anyone who thinks that sarah palin will get the republican nomination for president in 2012 is seriously fooling themselves. there are too many who are just like her, on the cusp of ultimate leadership, in the republican party... that i just dont see her getting the nomination. no matter how many times she winks. her following, as loyal as they are, are just not enough. as this past election has shown, despite the conservative leadership;s dislike of moderate republicans... the people of the party think differently..and sarah is just not moderate enough to appease the voters.. but good luck to her in all her adventures

    July 13, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. SF

    I'm bored with Sarah's Soap. I think I will take Palin's leading example a QUIT watching, reading or posting about her! May CNN do the same!

    July 13, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. makesUwonder

    Good for you Gov. Palin. Hope the money keeps coming in.

    Hey CNN.....why not do a story on those folks that have raised ethic complaints against Gov. Palin. I'm sure many of us would love to know there names.

    July 13, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Sam from Fla

    We have to keep Palin around. If I could just get some more video of her winking into the camera, oh yeah, thats the good stuff!

    July 13, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. notfooledtx

    Yep, she can rake in the bucks. So can Brittney Spears, but I don't want her anywhere near the white house either.

    July 13, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Expat American

    Amidst the prevailing high school football game mentality coming from the far right, Palin's supporters mistake disgust with fear. No one fears Palin. The fact that such an inarticulate, unintelligent bigot was given a national stage upon which to voice her intellectual shortcomings and racial/religious bigotry is disgusting...

    The world laughed at Palin and her supporters during the campaign, and continue to do so today.

    No one is 'afraid' of Palin. Is the world disgusted that people like her and her supporters still exist in the United States in 2009? Definitely.

    July 13, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. itbeme

    maybe Levi is right...she's just out for as much money as she get her hands on...

    July 13, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Butch/Good News, MA

    When it comes to Sarah Palin, you know I have plenty to say. Besides for her base, who is actually going to buy her book?

    July 13, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. MommaM

    I was sitting here thinking I hadn't read anything about Sarah on the internet today and that made me happy – then this popped up.

    July 13, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    A fool and his money are soon parted. Apparently there are some who helped Palin's PAC contribute $730,000. I guess there are people who believe that Palin can do something. I can't imagine what that is because no one has told us in anything close to being specific.

    July 13, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Leslie

    This proves a point, Sarah Palin has millions of followers who contribute to her PAC $200.00 and less. You can't put a good governor down, no matter how much you badmouth her. Some people even use words of Tina Fey in SNL as Sarah's. That tells you one thing, those who hate Sarah Palin don't have discerning ability facts from fiction. Sarah has millions of supporters contributing to her PAC; average contribution is $20.00.

    July 13, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. PAC It UP

    OK Here is the Perspective!!

    Kay Bailey Hutchison: 6.7 Million Raised first 6 months of this Year
    Sarah Palin PAC: 730 Thousand Raised first 6 months of this Year.

    So…..if 730K is 'Big' Money…….what is 6.7 million? 'Mega-Money'??

    Let's all put Palin's 'six' PAC in real perspective….namely…MINIMAL impact.

    Run Kay and take back Texas from the GOP and Chuck Norris!!

    July 13, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Riley

    Fear not citizens – the Powers That Be in the Republican party (Rove, Cheney, Romney, to name a few) will never let her be the candidate. even John McCain won't back her. She cost the Republicans the last election.

    July 13, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Mike S., New Orleans

    I think with her keen sense of ethics, she'll be able to do a lot of good with that cash – for herself.

    July 13, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Boot Pelosi from Congress

    If she goes independant, I'm with her and so will a bunch of others I'll bet.

    July 13, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Jane Marsee

    Sarah Palin was not my pick for VP. In my opinion, most people who voted for John McCain (myself included) voted for Sen. McCain and Gov Palin was tagging along. I think that had Sen. McCain chosen Mitt Romney he would have had a better chance and may have won. Sen. Obama outspent Sen. McCain two to one in order to snow the American people, but then again, there was enough past associations’ history for anyone- not too lazy to think for themselves–that would have been a precursor to what Obama has, is and plans to do.

    July 13, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. citizenjane

    @Debby "She will top Obama in contributions and she isn't even running for anything LOL"
    ---------------------–
    She may not be running FOR anything, but she is definitely running AWAY from Alaska and the commitment she made to those in Alaska who voted her as their governor.

    The election was held in Nov. 2008. Obama won, remember? Which contributions are you talking about? Those of last year or those to be decided for the year 2012?

    July 13, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Doug

    Any further proof needed that a fool and his money are soon parted?

    July 13, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. Leslie

    When it comes to accusation of bigotry, NO ONE can top Democrats for doing that; last year's election was a concrete how the Democrats use racism and bigotry in their campaign.

    July 13, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. welches, Oregon

    yea, I'm certainly not 'scared' or 'worried' about Palin. I say WELCOME! You are the best gift the Democratic party could get in this year and any year!

    Come on girl – declare your presidential bid.

    July 13, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Shawn - GA

    No one thought she would be elected in 2008, The fact that it was as close an election as it was is scary. I recall a young Gov who ran and got laughed at only to use that national spotlight to win the office of Pres. (speaking of Clinton)

    2008 was for nothing more than to bring her out of nowhere and give her national attention. I would say for better or worse that the plan worked.

    If a Senetor who voted present very often, with little exp. can be President, then why not her?

    I am just pointing out diffrent perspectives, there is plenty of hate but I stay away from all that.

    God Bless America, her people and her President.

    July 13, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Where has the GOP gone

    Palin is the best thing to have ever happened for the Democratic party. If I didn't know better I would say that she is a Democrat plant. If she gets the 2012 nomination then its 4 more years of Obama guarenteed.

    July 13, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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