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.