October 27th, 2009
06:42 PM ET
5 years ago

First on the Ticker: Palin to Iowa?

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.
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.

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.


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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Steph

    Who cares?!?! I went to Indiana today. Yesterday, a friend of mine went to Kentucky.

    October 27, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Linda B., Ga.

    When Is this LOSER PALIN going to get a life and not at our expense.

    October 27, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. anita ms

    dont waste your time effort or money! dimwits!ha ha ha!

    October 27, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. A. Smith

    Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin is the best the toxic and repugnant Republican Party can produce. How pathetic is that!

    Big Oil and Immoral American Corporations are starving and desperate to the extreme!

    Go Sarah, I hope all of the few remaining Republican voters Vote for you!

    A. Smith
    Oregon

    October 27, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. kigssman

    well she did say she wanted to take the money and run. This is the look of a person who sold out her civic duty as governor .

    October 27, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. The Czech

    CNN is obsessed with Sarah Palin. She must be doing something right as every move she makes is watched and analyzed 40 times over.

    October 27, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. Samuel

    I will send her money right away. Can someone make change for five cents?

    October 27, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Samuel

    If she got paid 1.2 million why does she need to people to raise money for her? It seems to me she is getting rich for doing nothing.

    October 27, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Al, CA

    Are there still some school dropouts that support GOP?

    October 27, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. David, CA

    Save the money- better yet donate it to sick children or to promote reading, or donate it to fix up a retirement home.
    Better that than waste it on this polarizing spotlight hunting dunce.

    October 27, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. martha

    You've got to be kidding

    October 27, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. Craig

    The money should be used for a worthwhile cause like the homeless, not for this useless woman.

    October 27, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. Susan in NC

    OMGosh! Do real people actually give money to this looney bird woman?

    October 27, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. Only 20% of Americans trust republicans to lead them into the 21st century!

    From your lips to God's ear!

    Please, please, pretty please let her run in 2012!

    October 27, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. Peter Jones

    Why does a news agency, such as CNN, continue to speculate on Palin's political future and possible run for presidency? She left political office for good and it is untenable to consider her ever returning. Even she knows that. She left to enjoy the profits of her opinions, which appeal to a section of the USA that is too small for her to ever again gain office. She is in it for the money today, and tomorrow. Speculating on her bid for office makes as much sense as speculating on Balloon-Boy's father running for office. Sure, she might be an entertaining car crash, but that does not justify continuously telling us what a great driver she is. Just show us the crash and quit trying to read her tea leaves. Quit playing her fool. Quit baiting us when your bait bucket is empty. Stop it or I will be driven too mix more metaphors. You're killing me. Try doing some investigative journalism for a change, rather than inflating her press releases.

    October 27, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. flabbergasted

    What are those "score values"? Palin got a pregnant teen daughter then after she lost her VP vote, they have been in a fight. If that's not a dysfunctional family without score values, what is?

    October 27, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. Donkey Party

    What a joke.

    October 27, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. RCasson

    This woman quit her job as governor and got millions to write a coloring book. Now she has the nerve to ask for money? What's worse is that so many idiots are giving it to her. I wouldn't give this woman a penny even if I were a Republican, Conservative whatever. She didn't even finish her term!

    October 27, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. Big Daddy

    Why dont you people raise money and give it to the poor !!!

    October 27, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. They call me "tater salad"

    Glad I don't live in Iowa!

    October 27, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. Four and The Door

    Iowa and beyond. Keep it going Sarah! Washington keeps getting more insane and more in need of someone like you to step in and remind them it's about the country and the people, not the politicians.

    October 27, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. Royster

    59K + 41K = 100K?? It takes $100K to get Palin to appear in Iowa?

    And..." 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"?????
    So the money goes directly to her???
    .
    Nice to know Palin has her own 'ACORN' to go out on the side and solicit money and support for her.....and if anyone complains, then she denies "official" involvement with "Team Sarah"!
    Didn't this same thing happen in Palin Ethics Investigation "8"?
    This person should be proscecuted. Oh yeah, she WAS!

    October 27, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. Palin to take out a tampon

    quick report it

    October 27, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. Fitz in Texas

    Please run in 2012 Palin and remove Obama from The White House.

    October 27, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. joe the independent

    where can i donate money to the "sarah team" to ensure that palin gets the republican nomination. or is she forming her own party? either way, her candidacy would guarantee another four years for our president and leader, mr. obama. pardon me for borrowing the phrase, but "run baby run". can't wait to see the oprah follies.

    October 27, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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