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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  1. Wanda

    Watch out World - Palin has hit the "big time" –
    flop - flop - flop............

    September 1, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Naldo

    Why does PalinPAC donate to people already in office? Don't they realize those people are "lame ducks" and should resign to save their constituents money in these trying times?

    PalinPAC should only donate to new candidates who are "real Americans" who are against welfare, health care, unemployment benefits, environmental preservation, public road maintenance and estate taxes for the wealthiest 1%.

    Oh, and they must be transparent and produce a birth certificate.

    September 1, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Jim

    Donations from Palin to hate filled, pretend christians like herself, there isn't anything new here.

    September 1, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Sam

    It's simple: any candidate receiving funds from SarahPac is a a right wing nut case who should not be elected dog catcher let alone to the House or Senate. I'm thoroughly sick and tired of the damage this cabal of psychotic religious fanatics has done to the nation in the last 8 years. It doesn't surprise me at all that the FEC found violations of the law because for all their sanctimonious claims about following the law history has shown time and time again that these phonies will break any law they can because with them the end justifies the means.

    Sarah and people of her ilk need to watch out. The American people took back their country last fall and will continue to reject people like Palin and Bachman because we want a government of the people, by the people, and for the people...something conservatives seem to have a problem understanding.

    September 1, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Average guy in Kansas

    Sarah Palin is only interested in "derailing" politicians' "gravy trains"? Please! What in the heck does one call donating big bucks from a PAC to political candidates? She's got a LOT of "gravy" to spread around!

    Let's see... Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann... and NOW Rep. Lynn Jenkins from Kansas who supported a resolution for a pardon for boxer Jack Johnson that contained the phrase "great white hope." This is the second time those words have come to bite Ms. Jenkins in the rump. So much for the GOP!

    Sarah Palin is a nothing but a washed-up haircut with lipstick. I'm still mystified why CNN considers this moose-huntin' moron NEWS!

    September 1, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Dave

    For all of you that like to bash Ms. Palin I ask the following question.
    Who is more in touch with the average American- Palin or Pelosi?
    I'm not a big fan of Palin's but I bet she can sit down with Joe 6 pack or most any soccer mom and have a more normal conversation than Ms Pelosi.

    September 1, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Farrell in Houston

    There is no substance to anything Palin says or anything she connected with, just something about nothing. Palin's lack of education won't save her in a shark attack with a wink and a blink. Newt Gingrich did say something right when he said Palin needs to study, study, study, in other words, talking without knowledge and facts is not going to get it.

    September 1, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. truthsayer

    Not this airhead again. Enough!

    September 1, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Palin is padding their pockets so she can call in favors later.

    Guess it's just "business as usual". :)

    September 1, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Lee, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    How amazing, can you believe it...her PAC is giving money to conservative groups!!! Wow. Can you give us some more great insights, CNN?

    September 1, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. bsmith171

    but not Obama's. his campaign said they were unable to put all that information together. they claimed it was too complex.

    they could have at least reported the $300 MILLION from George Soros. plus the tens of thousands of Obama books that Soros puppets bought and stashed in a warehouse or gave out FREE at campaign rallies.

    Obama like Palin is a cult leader.

    September 1, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Mother656

    You guys don't give up, do you?
    When are you going to disclose Obama's contributers?
    Now theres a story.

    September 1, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Nancy in Illinois

    This is why we need campaign finance reform.
    Michelle Bachmann, seriously? That is one crazy lunatic right-wing nutjob.

    September 1, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Two questions: If Sarah should get taken hostage while bleating, err...speaking in Hong Kong, will Cheney leave the country to negotiate her release? Does anyone have the number handy for Spain's Interpol?

    September 1, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    If I were a Palin supporter – or supporter of anyone who follows the current Republican Leadership and their media spokespersons such as O'Reilly, Hannity, Beck, Coulter, etc. – I would do a little fact-checking.

    And then I would feel utterly betrayed and like a fool for believing their lies about so many terribly important aspects of our lives: health care, the economy, national security, etc.

    Because Palin and her ilk have been and will continue to lie. Why? Because they are greedy, not just for money, but for power.

    And they're willing to exploit people's prejudices, fears and sense of loyalty to country to get what they want.

    I can't think of anything more despicable!

    September 1, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. George Augusto

    Liberals need to deal with this: conservative Christians do believe the same as McDonnell and we have had to live in this world and deal with the society the way it is deteriorating. We know the reasons why (disobedience to Almighty God), and we adjust to how bad things are the best way we can which is to take it to the Lord for His solutions. Conservatives are, by the way, the country's best law abiders as we are instructed by our Master (who ain't Obama). Liberals need to do the same but I don't believe they ever will but as God has promised, they will see the error of their ways when the Lord straightens things out here - and He will!

    September 1, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Linda

    I don't believe she has any true ambition for 2012. Like many pundits, she is in it for the money.

    September 1, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. KR

    If I were Palin I would not hold my breath until 2012 for fear I might turn cyanotic. Palin is so full of envy and has been ever since the election that she will stop at nothing to get to 2012. She quit the govenor position to make lots of money; always trying to keep up with a status she is looking forward to and hasn't even began to win. Ms Palin the President makes 400,000 in salary and can not when the going gets rough quit and the going is rough. As far as I am concerned, this woman has nothing to offer except to her children.

    September 1, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. LacrosseMom

    Let me get this straight........... Palin, a right-winger, who complains that Obama shakes hands with Hugo Chavez, a communist........... IS going to .......... shake hands....... of Chinese communists????????????????

    GOP= the party of hypocrites.

    September 1, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. John

    There ya go Sarah! Allign your self with McDonnell...the guy that thinks women should be in the kitchen and in the bed....LOL
    Oh Sarah, you ARE such an idiot!!!

    September 1, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. G SMITH PA

    Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney are the true heroes of today, without them this country would be in more trouble then it is, with this lousy President we have now. SARAH PALIN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012. This country needs more true Americans like Palin and Cheney.

    Keep up the good work that you two are doing.

    September 1, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Jim

    The only surprising thng here are the names that are missing....like Gov Sanford...

    September 1, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Chris

    Just wait until the HolierThanThouChristianRight LtGov Bauer of South Carolina is outed as the gay man that he is.

    Maybe that's why Sanford won't leave??

    LOL

    Nothing more fun than watching hypocrites burn each other at the stake.

    September 1, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Drew Dubya

    The sooner the Sarah Palins and Dick Cheneys leave US politics, the healthier that body will be.

    September 1, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Bob the employer

    Yesterday her "news" was her forthcoming investment speech in Hong Kong. Today it's contributions to her dream-team. Let me guess....tomorrow she's addressing an association of nuclear physicists on her "thoughts" regarding the theory of relativity. When will it end?

    September 1, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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