WASHINGTON (CNN) – A political organization formed to promote Sarah Palin is trying to raise $41,000 to help pay for a potential appearance by the former Alaska governor next month before an influential conservative group in Iowa.
Team Sarah, which has no formal ties to Palin, sent a fundraising appeal to supporters Tuesday afternoon asking them to contribute on behalf of Iowa Family Policy Center Action, which is trying to book Palin for a speech on Nov. 21. Bill Collier of Team Sarah said that IFPC Action has already raised $59,000 for the event.
"As you know, we at Team Sarah have supported efforts to raise money for Sarah Palin's PAC and for the Legal Defense Fund, but this effort will actually help her and her family directly and enable her to have resources she directly controls to take care of all the things she needs to do as she launches her national effort to restore the core values of our Conservative movement," Collier wrote in the fundraising pitch obtained by CNN.
If Palin agrees to attend the event, it would be her first appearance in Iowa since she traveled to the state as the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee. Her visit to this critical presidential proving ground could be seen as a step towards a potential run for the White House in 2012.
Palin's book, "Going Rogue: An American Life," is due in bookstores on Nov. 17, and she is scheduled to appear on Oprah the day before it is released. It was revealed earlier Tuesday that Palin was paid at least $1.25 million for the book.
An official with Team Sarah said that they were asked by the Iowa Family Policy Center for help, and "agreed that such a request from a friend was a good fit for Team Sarah's membership."
On the IFPC Web site, the organization describes itself as a "non-profit organization dedicated to equipping, empowering and encouraging Iowans to build communities where families are valued and strengthened."
An IFPC spokesman said he was unable to comment about the organization's future scheduling plans. CNN has reached out to Palin's political advisors and has not yet heard back.
I think she needs to take care of her own house and the mess she has created within it before trying to straighten out America's.
The fact she is still out marketing her self is evidence of a pitiful spectical of the fractured GOP. If this is the best the GOP has, we are all in trouble.
Nothing could be better for the Democratic party than a Palin nominatin in 2012. The woman couldn't even take being the governor of Alaska, for God's sake. Who in their right mind thinks she could ever be the President? What is her apeal to these people. Don't they remember what a disaster she an McCain were in the last election? I'm just baffled by her continuing populairity. A new book? Shouldn't she read one first? Bastard children, a for-show-only marriage, using children as political props. This is a good thing? People let's get serious....the woman is a the punch line of a joke...and nothing more.
I pray she will run for President. She certainly wil do better than what the lame brained idiot we now have in office.
I think America is beginning to understand that beating up on her 15 yr old daughter for loving someone was wrong of the media and that she would of been a very good responsible vice president.
What $41,000 could do to help out-of-work Americans, but Ms. Palin wouldn't understand their kind of misery!
Sarah Palin is a disgrace to the Republican Party. Once a quitter always a quitter
Sarah Palin is hated by Democrats. Their hatred is driven by fear. Their fear is well placed.
This is getting really sick.
My dream ticket would be Ron Paul/Sarah Palin 2012.
Wow, they'd better raise a lot more than $60,000 to entice her to actually write and deliver a speech (or pay someone to write her a speech.) And she can run for President as hard as she likes, and spend all her supporters' money. She will never get out of the primaries. Can hardly wait for her "book tour" of the Fox Noise hosts, and no one else. I know, we're all mean for asking her pertinent questions about policy, geography or history. Heaven forbid someone asks her to read aloud from the book she supposedly wrote. But Sean and Glenn would never ask her an unplanned question. That would be un-American, and w know how much they all support "their" America.