September 1st, 2009
05:02 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin's PAC steps up contributions to GOP candidates

Palin has given contributions to a number of Republicans in recent days.
Palin has given contributions to a number of Republicans in recent days.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin's political action committee is handing out cash to some of the most conservative members of Congress, a new report filed with the Federal Elections Commission reveals.

According to the latest disclosure with the FEC, SarahPac has donated to money to Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and Senate hopeful Rob Portman of Ohio.

Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton confirms the former Alaska governor's committee did donate $1,000 to each of those Republicans, as well as $2,500 to Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Bob McDonnell, now dealing with fallout from the revelation of a controversial 20-year-old thesis.

The donations come more than a week after SarahPAC was notified by the FEC that it violated federal election law with the donations it gave to Sens. John McCain and Lisa Murkowski earlier this year. Because the PAC had only given money to two candidates, it was only allowed to donate $4,800 to them per election cycle. (The PAC had donated $5,000 and received a refund of $200 from both McCain and Murkowski.)

But with the recent additional donations, the PAC now qualifies as a "multi-candidate PAC" and is allowed to give $10,000 to a candidate per cycle

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soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. CR

    Who in their right mind would send money to this goofball?

    September 1, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Atta girl, Sarah!

    Keep raising $$$ and help rid this country of single party dictatorial rule. You rock!!!

    September 1, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Awwww – she's felony stupid. Give her a break. Lock her up in an institution of higher learning – grade school.

    September 1, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. bcords

    can i contribute to keep her in asia. that way no more space will be wasted on somebody as irrelevent as her

    September 1, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. john

    she should have spent the money to go back to school

    September 1, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Florida Joe

    SarahPac has donated to money to Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann......

    What a waste of money......................

    September 1, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Barriett

    That's nice .... not quite sure why this is news worthy.
    When are we going to see CNN list of all the PAC's and lobbyist that donated to Obama.
    Or better yet show me a list of all the PAC's, lobbyist and companies that are promoting Obama's health care reform or Enviromental initiatives.

    September 1, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. James

    Just another example of why we need public campaign financing. For politicians to be beholden to the likes of Sarah Palin for campaign contributions tells me we need to return the power to the people and not the special interests. Palin is now one of the very special interests that she always speaks against. Hypocricy comes full circle!

    September 1, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. FL for Change

    Palin/Bachmann 2012! What a joke! The two most evil liars in a skirt.

    September 1, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Chris

    Absolutely shocking.

    Now we have the proof, Sarah Palin really is a conservative Republican. Now I wonder if some justice department somewhere can bring charges against her for being a Republican and financially supporting conservatives.

    Gotta love this deep investigative reporting by CNN. Digging up all this dirt so we can all promote the hate for Sarah Palin.

    September 1, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Steve

    George Soros gives millions to the liberal wing of the Democratic Party and not one word from CNN, but Sarah Palin gives a few thousand to conservatives and it's treated like some kind of ghastly news? Come on guys, at least try to pretend to be unbiased.

    September 1, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. JS007

    Hmmm...I'm impressed there's any money left after you subtract all the guns, tin foil hats and wardrobe.

    September 1, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. GOPer

    Contined ethical violations, what a shame.

    September 1, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Reagan was wrong

    It would be awesome if Sarah Palin took the base and the opportunists willing to exploit the stupidity of the base and formed her own party. Then the GOP would go back to being a functioning party that adhered to a conservative philosophy, rather than the broken caricature it's become.

    September 1, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Ron

    Obviously, there are a lot of upset Dems regarding this. I know the Dems like to imply that any resistance to an Obama initiative must be grounded in racism. Usually the Dems say something like, "What could the reason be for you not supporting him? Humm?"

    Well, it works two ways. I wonder why you Dems are so afraid of this FEMALE leader? Humm????

    September 1, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Kevin in Ohio

    I'm sure that 300+ hate-filled comments from left-wingers will follow. Go Sarah! And thanks, CNN, for keeping hope for the future in this country alive with your daily fooder for out-of-touch lefties.

    September 1, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. wikwox

    Behold! The Nut Bag doth spread it's seed of evil and vile ignorance!

    September 1, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. TCM

    haha...CNN – this is all you got? I mean, where's the story about the kickback dollars Obama and Dodd received from Raines? Where's the stories about the illegal bundling of campaign contributions from foreign sources going to the obama campaign? Absolutely, but typical; biased as usual. The country's headed to a meltdown of Biblical proportions, and you're busy chasing empty Palin stories about 1-2 thousand dollars....it's pathetic the way you run cover for this liberal administration.

    September 1, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Mike Mundy, Houston, TX

    SO HOW MUCH $$ DID HER PAC RAISE, CNN?? This should have been the pivitol part of this story. My guess was that it was so IMPRESSIVE, you refuse to show it!

    September 1, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Ray from Bisbee AZ

    So what's so surprising about this?

    September 1, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Bear

    Another microscope on Palin. How about take a look at the 1/2 a BILLION dollars Obama raised in 2008. Follow the money and you see it buys a lot of real crooks these days. ACORN alone made 800K to illegally get him votes. A CRIME, but no reporting on that here when you have $400 of illegal campaign contributions to highlight against THE Sarah Palin. You're pathetic.

    September 1, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. Jake

    at least she understands she can buy respect from her dirty republican colleagues...

    September 1, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. jeff jackson, alabama

    I think it's comical how so many out there have taken
    the Tina Fey portrayals and the media sound bites and
    formed a false opinion of this woman from those sources.
    Stop listening to Keith Oberman telling you who this woman
    is and do your own research.
    Sarah Palin is not stupid,she can indeed see Russia
    from Alaska, and she has enemies in both parties from
    fighting corruption in Alaska. The folks in the house and
    senate are afraid of her not because she's a hillbilly but
    because she wants to derail their gravy trains they've
    been riding for years.
    She is a force to be reckoned with by the good ole boy
    regimes. If you really mean what you all say about
    cleaning house in Wash. D.C. then give this lady a
    fair look.
    She's a heterosexual who believes in God and country,
    she's attractive, she's in touch with blue collar America.
    That's why she is hated by so many today. That's scary
    folks !!!

    September 1, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. stormerF

    Why is this news, They all give to what ever party or Individual they want to support. Nothing news worthy here.

    September 1, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Another example of how our elected representation is for sale. These people do not care about the people; they care about reaping big money from these PACs, global corporations, Wall Street, Banking, foreign countries, unions, special interest groups and lobbyist only. If it walks like a bribe, and quacks like a bribe, IT IS A BRIBE!
    It is time this kind of fund raising is stopped. No group or business should be able to influence the public's elected officials. Only individual American citizens should be able to contribute to an election campaign with a limit as to the amount, currently our government is for sale to anyone or thing. Groups and Corporations should not have more rights to influence our government than the people can.

    September 1, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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