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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  1. Oregon calling

    hahahahahahahahahaha

    Nope, I wasn't one to contribute :-)

    July 13, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Carramea

    Sarah basically told Alaska screw you , I am the only important one here. How anyone can seriously consider this narcissist for any office is beyond me. If you dont like Obama fine but there are alot of Republicans that are must more qualified then this nimwit. She was a mayor of a tiny town that SHE LEFT 15 MILLION in debt! How come the neocons are bothered by this. Shes leaving office 18 months early to pursue her hedonistic pleasures. The heck with her kids , the heck with ALASKA its all about Sarah. Gads I want to vomit

    July 13, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. John

    I will never Bet on a Lame Horse.

    All those people donating Money to Palin, are wasting their Money.

    I am sure they are very Unprofessional Bettors. :P

    July 13, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. willowood

    Soon it will be like rats swimming from a sinking ship...but for now she will "Party" on...When the 'real' Republicans stand up to this impostor perhaps the country can heal the divisions. We need real Republicans to be heard with united voices. She is a thorn in your side and an anchor around your neck. Don't be such cowards. Stand up and be voices of reason. What's it going to take for this party to have some backbone? My heart is aching for real men and women to take on the problems of this country regardless of party. I feel shame and blame all of us.

    July 13, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Carrie

    I guess the people of " real America" are giving her a few $$$ but to me it sounds like very little in the scheme of things and as political contributions go.
    I guess those of us who do not make up "real Ameirica" are maybe more aware of her short comings than those who gave to her Sarah PAC. Even at a 1.00 each , she comes very short of support she would need for the 2012 bid ...heavens help us all if she continues to snow people with her brillance wink wink! But way less than a Million dollars is not headline material CNN!!! But anything Palin gets attention, see here I am and while not a Sarah hater , defenitely not a fan either but
    she is the best thing Dems have going for them except for Obama. She is in the news as much as he is and at least he does make sense when he opens his mouth. She only knows sports and fishing etc and it makes her look pathetic! While a charming attractive women she falls far short of what is needed to be any use to GOP , at least the smarter ones!

    July 13, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Carramea

    Destined. WHy in the world would you give this broad Palin the time of day? What has she done? Do you realize she governs the most socialistic state in the union? Do you know she left Wasilla in debt? She taxes the oil companies and hands checks out to the citizens of Alaska. I heard her speeches . She is the most un Christian woman I ever heard, a hate monger who shamefully hides behind Jesus. I rather resurrect Richard NIxon from the dead and run him........

    As a woman she stands everything I am against....... Shes disgusting

    July 13, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Shawn - GA

    Based ont he fact that any Palin post goes to 300+ in minutes, I suspect that this # will rise greatly once she activly starts to raise money.

    July 13, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Susan

    the fool and his money are parted soon.........

    July 13, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Jeff

    Sarah Palin and Stormy Daniels in 2012...

    July 13, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Moderate Democrat

    democratallmylife July 13th, 2009 3:36 pm ET
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    You are welcome to love and adore the nitwit Palin, but if you would actually vote for her, then you have NEVER been a democrat. Toss out the fact that she's a walking fool, and you still have the policies to contend with. Her policies contradict EVERYTHING that IS democrat.

    So vote where you like, but don't try to pretend to be a democrat when you will throw america away by supporting conservative policies.

    July 13, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. Mike

    These people are donating money to a pipe dream, this woman Palin, is nothing but a name, McCain bought her name to thr forefront, other than that she's nothing but a quitter, and she lied,, she said that she was leaving the Governor's office to devote more time to family..

    And yet just recently she siad that she will be traveling around the country to help raise money for other canditates, how can you stay home devoting time to the family doing that... This woman has let fame and the limelight go to her head......She's still dumb as a rock, and now it's obvious that her supporters are as dumb as she is, just giving away money with no return in sight.. bescaus she will not make it to the White House, raising money is so different when it comes to raising votes...the majority of America.s view of Sarah Palin is not good..

    July 13, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Palin is a "no-brainer" LOL

    Palin is the biggest MORON even bigger than John McSame for picking her! He did the Dem party a favor picking this loser! All you Palin supporters make me laugh cause you are so ignorant! Read a book now and again..Oh yeah, send your check to her! We like it when you do!!

    July 13, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. Danny C

    Raising 730K over 6 months is NOT major cash.
    That would barely cover a campaign for a house or senate STATE seat in the lower 48.

    I tend to agree with a few of the comments about CCN- you kids are obsessed to the point that you don't evern consider the reality that she has raised very little money for a national PAC. In DC you aren't even on the national radar unles you have 5,000,000 in a PAC.

    July 13, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Frisky

    I hope she runs too, she is great for Democrats

    July 13, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Sharon Kitchen

    wow...............now she can pay off ALL her debts.........and legal fees.........................................................

    July 13, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    Palin/Sanford 2012 thru 2014-1/2

    GO GO GO GO GO

    July 13, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Independent Again

    Didn't Obama quit the people of chicago by campaigning for POTUS, while collecting a paycheck as senator then bailing leaving them unrepresented to this date?

    Didn't Hillary quit her people of NY and do the same.

    All for "higher calling". But that's ok when Dems do it. Just not ok when Sarah Palin does it.

    She could no longer perform her job as Gov. and the same vile people that are calling her a quitter are the ones that attacked her and her children relentlessly. You guys got what you wanted. You should celebrate. But it kills u to know she would rather be able to perform her job rather just collect a paycheck and cost taxpayers millions of dollars!!

    July 13, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Dennis

    Follow the money trail!!!!!

    July 13, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Sea.gem

    Good for her...or does writing books for profit only apply to Obama, pelosi et al...of course they wrote their books while in office...perhaps they should use the proceeds to pay back all the peope they are ripping off...

    July 13, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. FREE AMERICA

    Keep going Sara maybe you can help us. While people stand back ,and let OBAMA destroy the Consititution. I hope their are more people like Palin to help our country. After BUSH and OBAMA our country is in great need for people like SARA to help it.

    OBAMA = Destroying the Consititution (AMENDMENT 10)
    expanding the excutive branch beyond the meaning.(ZCARS)

    July 13, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. William

    CNN, you call a mere $730K in six months big bucks? The rest of us call this political chum change. Barak Obama rasided this in a few hours. Maybe if Sarah saves her pennies, she can buy her next job.

    July 13, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Four and The Door

    This woman has the ideas, the support and the strategy. Not only does she know what needs to be done, she knows how to get it done. 2012 starts now.

    July 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Moderate Democrat

    destined July 13th, 2009 3:37 pm ET

    I am very proud to say that I'm one of those 700 who desperately believe that Sarah has the courage, tenacity and decency to run a principled, strong presidential run for 2012
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    Even if she DID possess those qualities, she also possesses another. She would run this 'great' campaing you refer to for about 6 months....and then quit in June of 2011...because that's just how she rolls. She has NO courage. When the going gets tough...she simply quits.

    July 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Joe, New York City

    If Obama can be President, anybody can be President.

    July 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. Christian-OR

    The more she talks the better for all of us.I am so excited to see she will be on the road with her vision for america.Give her the stage and let her bury herself.Maybe we will get lucky and she will start her own party.

    July 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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