October 27th, 2009
06:42 PM ET
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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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  1. Emma

    Imagine an America with a President Palin. It could be a country in which businesses and financial institutions lack regulations and that would be a disaster due to the greediness of banks and health insurance companies , to name a few. I believe this is a "not to worry" situation due to the conflicts within the GOP.

    October 27, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Jake

    Dear Jesus,

    Please let Palin be the GOP nominee, please let Palin be the GOP nominee, please let Palin be the GOP nominee!

    That would be amazing!

    Palin debating Obama on guns! Palin debating Obama on how icky gays are and how they have threatened the strength of her marriage! Palin debating Obama on how turning the economy around and passing universal healthcare has damaged the moral backbone of our country?

    PLEASE LET PALIN BE THE GOP NOMINEE!

    October 27, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. saftgek

    OMG – Ms. Palin in Iowa. As though we don't have enough problems in our State.

    Sarah Palin has been and remains an embarrassment to herself and her Party. Unfortunately, she is incendiary and grandstands with the best of them. This is why the media covers her.

    Ms. Palin – please do not contaminate our State with your orally-spewn venom, malaprops and verbal ignorance. Please stay in Alaska, stare into a mirror, and wink at yourself.

    October 27, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. fred

    May God have mercy upon each one of us !!

    October 27, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Susan

    What a waste of money.

    October 27, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    I'm giving 4 to 1 odds against Palin showing up.

    October 27, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. mike,iowa

    Who cares... Honestly! Im sorry but i was not impressed with her during the elections and i sure as hell am not impressed with her now! I am so sick of hearing about 2012! its 2009... When will our politicians start caring more for us rather then their careers?

    October 27, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. cheryl

    I hope they run this twit in the next election!
    I have no doubt we Democrats will take it, with her in the mix we are sure to win AGAIN!

    October 27, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  9. Pockets

    Why is this woman even revelant?

    October 27, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. jaye

    She quit her job as governor so she could get rich by appearing at republican political meetings....she's worthless and only in it for the money.
    Sorry CNN, no wonder your ratings are failing....Mary Maitlin, Bill Bennett, and those other lying republican on your shows have made you lose credibility. You're now a laughingstock and your viewers are leaving you in droves.

    October 27, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. B J Guiden

    Sarah Palin do not have the education nor skills to be president or v p of this great U S A

    October 27, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Oh good lord. Heaven help this country if the twit gets involved again.

    October 27, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  13. Midwest

    As a now former Reagan Republican (partially because I felt choosing Palin was a fiasco of enormous proportions and an insult to Republicans) and an Iowan, I welcome the Campaign Killer to my state and will be happy to tell her just how little Iowans think of her.

    Get a REAL candidate, RNC, and you might stand a chance of retaking the WH. If you trot out this empty suit as a viable candidate, you'll have the remaining half of your political hind end handed to you.

    Simply bashing Obama does not make a strategy that can win. If you actually had some real ideas that got beyond the culture wars, you might become a real party again.

    October 27, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. LacrosseMom

    God help us!

    October 27, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    IFPC says it values and strengthens families? By asking a woman who abandoned her job and is on permanent leave from taking care of her special needs child to talk at a political function?

    I don't get it ...

    October 27, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Just keep in mind, Iowa, that regardless of whatever she tells you, if she gets a better gig, she'll drop you in a second!

    October 27, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    If Palin made $1.25 million for her book deal, then why does she need people raising money for her legal defense fund?

    Shouldn't she be paying her way and not mooching off of people?

    October 27, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. Thunderballs

    gag me with a snow shovel!

    October 27, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. Nevada dude

    christmas comes early!

    Palin fights to restore such treasured Conservative values as not teaching her daughter sex education, pocketing per diem expenses and using cronies to get ex-family members fired.

    yeah those family values are as American as apple pie!

    October 27, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Please run Sarah, PRETTY PLEASE! We want to watch you turn the GOP race into a comedic slide into insanity!!!!!

    October 27, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. Annie, Atlanta

    "... the core values of the Conservative movement." Don't they mean the Dominionist Movement?

    I want to know what the hell is happening to this country. They're crawling out of the woodwork everywhere. Is this how the right wing acts when they don't get what they want. They terrorize the rest of us?

    And Sarah Palin seemed to open that can of worms during the campaign last year. Why can't she just take her $1.25M, sell some books, and then slip quietly back into private life. Maybe we could then heal the wounds she inflicted.

    October 27, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  22. KR

    For all Palin supporters do not get your hopes up; for she will still have a tough battle to fight before she even steps a foot on the WH lawn. There are seasoned candiates who can and will put her in her place. Remember, Obama was a rock star and was elected; you now see where we are. Palin for 2012 would be a disaster This woman has more pacs and funds going than anyone I have ever known. CNN I feel that you need to quit reporting that anyone is a potential run for 2012 and all you do with Palin is boost her ego. You probably will not print this but all you do is print and keep alive this type of news when we have so much going on in this world with our economy, Afanganstan, health care and the list is long. I do not hate her I detest what she stands for; for she has spew hate since day one.

    October 27, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. Robert

    Sarah, I'm from Iowa. We don't want need your kind here. We don't need your cutesy, condescending, folksy talk with code phrases like "real Americans" that you use to appeal to the bigots in the audience. Newsflash (since we know you don't read newspaper or really anything at all), we have progressive education and legalized gay marriage. From your point of view, we're a lost cause. We've been "brainwashed by the liberal elite". Go peddle your fear mongering and hate speech in someplace more receptive like South Carolina or maybe Iran.

    October 27, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. g

    is she making a killing or what i would,nt pay 41 cents to listen comedy act

    October 27, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. Ruty

    Has Palin paid taxes on the book money she has received? Just curious! I say RUN Palin RUN in 2012. That will assure Obama another 4 years.

    October 27, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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