July 14th, 2009
03:17 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin becomes MoveOn target as SarahPAC cash haul surges

(CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's political action committee is confirming a flood of new donations that push her cash haul close to the million-dollar mark, as one of the nation's largest liberal PACs announced an ad targeting the former GOP vice presidential candidate.

Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton confirmed a report in the Anchorage Daily News that more than $200,000 had poured into SarahPAC since Palin's announcement a week and a half ago that she would be leaving office by the end of the month.

Those funds, along with $732,867 received through June 30 according to federal campaign finance filings, leave the governor just shy of a million dollars in donations to date since SarahPAC's January launch.

Stapleton told CNN that the PAC, which supports conservative candidates, had received contributions from more than 11,000 supporters, with the majority of the money coming from outside Alaska.

The news came as MoveOn.org began e-mailing members Tuesday, asking them to fund a rapid response ad blasting Palin's new Washington Post op-ed that criticized President Obama's position on "cap and trade" legislation - a major part of the administration's effort to overhaul the nation's energy policy.

The group said Palin was positioning herself as the face of conservative opposition to Obama's energy policy, telling supporters her op-ed was "a marvel of misinformation and outright lies."

The group has not yet said where the spot would air, or revealed the scope of any potential ad buy.


Filed under: MoveOn • Sarah Palin
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I guess a small-town community organizer is sort of like a "governor," except that you don't abandon your responsibilities.

    July 14, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. amy

    Lindsey Graham just gave the most condescending sexist grilling to Sotomayor that I have heard in 40 years.

    July 14, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Leslie

    The Democrats are AFRAID of Sarah Palin. They'd be working for months on end trying to destroy her, Governor Palin remain standing; now she can say what she wanted about Obama and CORRUPT Democratic Party by end of this month. Sarah Palin is now the voice of the American people and WE WILL RALLY BEHIND PALIN!!!!

    July 14, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Alfred H.

    I love how Palin can say, "I'm not a quitter" as she quits her job, and expect people to buy it. And they do.

    Like lemmings off a cliff.

    I guess the key is to convince yourself of the lie first, then anyone as dumb as you believes it too.

    July 14, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Anne E.

    She can raise all the money she wants, but it won't buy her a brain.
    "And also, too," we've already seen how far she's gotten on her "educatin'."

    July 14, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. Creative Woody

    SARAH PALIN IS NOT A QUITTER! SHE'S A FIGHTER THAT JUST happened to have quit her job.

    July 14, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. makesUwonder

    Not sure Gov. Palin would have made the best President we've ever had, but with all the slamming she's gotten I'm finding I have a soft spot in my heart for her. I just sent my donation.

    July 14, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. southerncousin

    Godd for Sarah, you are either a dope smokin,' non working, card carrying commie or an enemy of Moveon.org the people who brought us Al Frankent from Minnesota where more votes were cast in 25 counties than people registered.

    July 14, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

    Boy, American politocs sure has become a carnival freak show on both sides. Loserpalooza! Red sheep and blue sheep.

    July 14, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Willy Brown

    Just jealous of a smart woman who don't bang the liberal drum hey dum dums?

    July 14, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Angi's Mom

    Palin's not interested in a political office. She's looking to be the new Rush Limbaugh.

    July 14, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Brina

    MoveOn would be crazy to target her....remember how much money we raised protecting Obama...the crazies will do the same for this nutcase.

    July 14, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Bubba

    Most of the money is coming from Democrats, hoping she will run many times and for many offices.

    July 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. TangledThorns

    It's Cap & Tax, get it right :) Awww, is Moveon.org scared of Sarah Palin? I guess I'm gonna have to donate more to Sarah's PAC!

    July 14, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    So there's a lot of morons in the world? Tell us something we don't know...

    At least taxes are involuntary....can't be blamed for being parted with them....but this...well, I'm just wondering how many of them complain about where their tax money goes then turn around and give their after-tax money to a meathead so she can pay her legal bills.

    If the GOP wasn't so insanely stupid, they'd find one of their smart women...I'm assuming they have one or two to go along with the one or two smart men they have left...to take this cosmic idiot's place.

    July 14, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Anny

    It's taken her 6 months to get ALMOST a MILLION when most of the Democrat and Republican politicians rake in millions in a MONTH.......that tells me there aren't that many supporters for her out there.........that won't last long........

    July 14, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Randolph Carter

    Leslie wrote:
    July 14th, 2009 5:02 pm ET
    The Democrats are AFRAID of Sarah Palin. They'd be working for months on end trying to destroy her, Governor Palin remain standing; now she can say what she wanted about Obama and CORRUPT Democratic Party by end of this month. Sarah Palin is now the voice of the American people and WE WILL RALLY BEHIND PALIN!!!!

    Leslie, funniest post of the week so far. Glad to see the republicans haven't lost their sense of humor. Have a nice day!

    July 14, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Hans Brecker RI

    go Lindsey Graham.....get to the sodomayor truth

    July 14, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. Terry from West Texas

    Sarah Palin is a natural contender for the Republican 2012 nomination. Conservatives prefer less-than-mediocre leaders.

    Look at the "Gang That Can't Shoot Straight" that is currently in the Senate and the House. Look at Gov. Sanford, who is currently crawling from group to group begging for forgiveness like a whipped dog. Look at George W. Bush, who – when America was attacked – invaded the wrong country! Look at poor, sweet old Ronald Reagan, who never understood what his administration was doing and who spent his days writing charming letters to little girls. Richard Nixon was the most competent Republican president since Teddy Roosevelt, and the party that Roosevelt led can hardly be compared to the current group who go by the same name.

    There are two reasons that Conservatives prefer strong, incompetent men for leadership. First, most Conservatives – God help us – are not that bright. Second, corporate executives – who are very bright – prefer a man who can be easily manipulated, like Reagan.

    July 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Charlotte

    Sarah Palin is a publicity-seeking megalomaniac without enough brains to understand when to keep her mouth shut and do some reading. No, all the right-wing sheep, Dems are not afraid of Sarah Palin. How could you be afraid of a walking joke? We think she's hilarious but that it's sad that so many misguided boobs actually revere her. She will be one of the comedic footnotes when they do retrospectives of this decade. If she would actually LEARN something about the issues instead of spouting right-wing claptrap without even understanding the shaky basis for even that, there might be some substance. But as she is, she isn't even worthy of anyone's contempt, much less their fear. But if it makes you happy to think that she scares us, you go right ahead, you need to cling to something. We understand.

    July 14, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. 60's survivor

    this woman is here to stay. like it or not. ever hear of a "fly in the ointment"? she can say or do anything now just like her freind in the media entertainment world Rush... however those she constantly rails against ate not quiters. they face the music every day no matter how frustrating. must be they really believe in something!! Obama didn't take the easy path. most Americans know that we must make some hard and difficult decisions in the coming years for both the planet and all it's children. we just can't sling slogans around like "drill baby drill" we aren't in high school anymore. this is the real world

    July 14, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Tom L.

    I can't wait to hear from all of the Democrats about Republicans being the "party of no" and how they are against everything. Short memory for you...does anyone remember the great quote from Senator Reid – "the war is lost." Enough said.

    July 14, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. queene4theday

    If the American people decide to Rally behind Sarah Palin, then we are destined to ruin the futures of our children. Wake up!! She abandoned her state in the middle of a crisis. If she can't handle Alaska, how in the world could she handle the free world?? Get off your conservative limbaugh talking points!!!

    July 14, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Expat American

    Amidst the prevailing high school football game mentality coming from the far right, Palin's supporters mistake utterly 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 obvious intellectual shortcomings and racial/religious bigotry is utterly disgusting...Only in America as the saying goes.

    Thanks to real time global media coverage, the world laughed long and hard at Palin and her slack jaw supporters during the campaign, and continues to do so to this day.

    No one is 'afraid' of Palin. However, is it a sad and unfortunate reflection on the United States that people like her and her Deliverance/Mississippi Burning-esque supporters still exist in the United States in 2009? Definitely.

    July 14, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. Stuffit

    The ad hominem attacks continue. CNN, do you get some sort of sadistic pleasure out of watching your blogs explode with vitriol every time you post a Palin story?

    In the last article, where she questioned the prudence of knee-capping our industrial base with crap and trade requirements that India and China have already said they are unwilling to adopt, hardly any of the posters for that story addressed her comments, they just called names and hopefully felt better about themselves.

    July 14, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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