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. Jonathan

    Ooooo Sarah!
    Big Big Money!
    $1000, $2500?
    That is chump change at best.

    Not surprised that her PAC is funding Michelle Bachmann.
    She is a total nut job, and not very intelligent from what I have noticed.
    More of a radical ranting lunatic with the theories that she has than anything else.
    I certainly hope that they get boot her out of office come re-election.
    Sarah Palin is wasting her time. She will never be president, or senator...maybe a state rep. if she can move to a demographically ignorant, conservative and lunatic part of the U.S.

    September 1, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Bonnie Povilaitis

    I am constantly surprised at the amount of time and space CNN gives to reporting what Sarah Palin does or doesn't do. How about reporting on all the Democrats and what they donate to. A little fair reporting could do CNN a world of good!

    September 1, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Island girl

    She relinquished the role of governor a few weeks ago and she is in the news more than ever. Something's definitely up.

    September 1, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Corbett

    Ok Palin is a cheap politician at best. But this is just a matter of her PAC not dealing well with campaign finance regulations which is really a good thing. PAC's should always be off balance and subject to fines because they are a threat to representational democracy.

    So in the end, this story is about the system working and not really about fraud. I am going to reserve my criticism and bite my tongue until she says or does something truly ridiculous, which should be any minute now.

    September 1, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. victim of republican greed

    Just try to follow the law this time. In honor of our military, tell the truth and just don't make anything up.

    September 1, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. DavidN

    Liberals beware! Don't you just love Sarah? She scares all those tax-raising, social-engineering, hypocritical, corrupt leftists out there so badly, that the press has to keep up, and sometimes rake up, the mud-slinging against her. She's a real threat to you, because she's a conservative who might actually be succesful. Sarah has a different opinion than you. And we all know how close-minded you libs. are, don't we? She is a viable politician and good person, and I would have voted for her over Obama any time. And lots of others feel the same way. What is it that millions feel and know about Sarah, that you don't?

    All I can say is GO SARAH! Lots of us love you and are behind you 100%!

    September 1, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Larry, Columbus, OH

    How about a story revealing where the contributions are going to from the Apollo Project and the Tides Foundation or ACORN?

    September 1, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Robert

    Sarah Palin, please just go away. You are so played out.

    September 1, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. J-dizzle

    Donating to Michelle Bachman...LOL
    I'm not surprised. Crazy people think alike I guess.

    September 1, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. TomJay

    Palin Derangement Syndrome, PDS, seems to be a disease affecting only certain segments of society.

    September 1, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Spencer

    Somehow, despite this being a legal action that thousands of people do for every election, this thread will dissolve to someone saying a) Cheney and Bush should be in jail, and b)Sarah Palin is the anti-Christ.

    September 1, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. Jim, Honolulu

    As a Republican, I remain horrified that this woman's presence in the GOP continues to further poison public opinion against us. Yes, she has a small radical fringe element that inexplicably finds her appealing. But that percentage is dwarfed many times over by the Americans who find her either 1) corrupt, or 2) a clownish buffoon, or 3) an egotistical Hollywood-wannabe. She will never help more than she will hurt. I wish she'd just go on an extended wildlife-murdering trip and stay away from the party that I love, and that she obviously doesn't.

    September 1, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Chris Kirkpatrick

    Love the photo. Is she singing "The Star Spangled Banner?" Frankly, I don't know how this qualifies a news. She gave a few GOPers $1,000 dollars to help their campeigns? In the grand scheme of things that is a drop in the proverbial bucket. I don't much care for the woman, but this is hardly nothing about nothing.

    September 1, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. ch

    This woman is a joke – and a bad joke at that!

    September 1, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Torin

    It is no surprise that Palin is already setting the stage for her political future. By contributing to Republican conservative candidates now, she can collect her poltiical IOUs when she decides to run for President in the Republican primaries in 2012.

    Caribou Barbie is ego-centric and very ambitious. She craves power and public adulation. Let us hope she completely self-destructs before 2012.

    September 1, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. kate

    And why is this news?

    September 1, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Spirit of America

    Our elections have degenerated to auctions. Get private money out of public elections. Clean Money reform now and forever.

    September 1, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Bill

    So, is this illegal? If not, what's your point?

    September 1, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. johnrj08

    Would you people knock it off for crying out loud. Who cares what this woman gave or how much? She is non-news. How about focusing your journalistic skills on debunking all the lies and rumors that have undermined our chances of getting health care reform in this country. We're the only country in the entire industrialized world who doesn't provide its citizens with decent, affordable health care. Get with it, CNN. Drop Palin and get serious.

    September 1, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. ex-Republican

    The hate monger crew is at it again.

    They are going to give money to people who are hypocrites and who work for lobblist. The general public is not going to buy this anymore. I hope they can do their math correctly this time.

    You break the rules, say it is a mistake and then turn around and donate more to increase your limit. What a bunch of balony.

    I am not going to be fooled by the Republicans again.

    Let's vote them out and send them a strong message.

    September 1, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. ron

    Republicans talk about the President trying to change the US. Here we have this wing nut giving money to the craziest people in the US government. Could imagine what the US would be like if these nut bags were making the rules. OMG

    September 1, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Vince Lauro

    Non Story...When are you guys going to get over it and move on. You guys act like kids in a school yard!

    September 1, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Pepou

    Money wasted when we NEED it for health care and other important issues. Shame on the GOP !

    September 1, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Joyce Becker

    Why anyone would donate to Palin's PAC is amazing to me, why don't they just donate to the candidate of their choice without going through her. I really would not trust anything that Palin does.

    September 1, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Mississippi Mike

    Imagine that, a Republican donating to other Republicans. Where is the controversy here?

    September 1, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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