October 27th, 2009
06:42 PM ET
9 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. candy girl

    Somehow, I can't see Sara Palin "stumping" in Iowa! She had a bad enough time with that video she shot with the "turkeys", back in Alaska! It amazes me what a difference a year makes - for Iowans that is!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. They call me "tater salad"

    Yep!!!.........STILL glad I don't live in Iowa!

    October 27, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. They call me "tater salad"

    Oh by the way,.... did I happen to mention that I'm glad I don't live in Iowa?

    October 27, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  4. Bluealltheway

    Most have forgotten more than" Moose Burger from the Halloween party of Not knows. "
    Alaska needs her
    Track ,Trick ,Tracer and Treat want to go Trick or treatin .

    October 27, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. Lee Bartholomew

    Iowa isn't the conservative state it once was. Doubt she'll get the sort of attention she'd get in Texas. Do I wanna be in the same state as she's in at the time. Eeek. Moron alert.

    October 27, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. Linda

    Good luck, she's in demand. She'll be on her book tour so I don't know if she'll have time.

    Sarah 2012

    October 27, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. jeannie latimer

    Really.....who cares????

    October 27, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. Vic of New York

    Sarah for Pres in 2012! And Rush for VP! Now there's a Republican ticket for the ages.

    Hey, those foreign interlopers and Australian subversionists at FOX News can run her campaign!

    Now that's the ticket!

    October 27, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    Dear Republican Party,

    Please, oh pretty please, nominate Sarah Palin for President in 2012.


    The Democratic Party

    p.s. May we suggest Michele Bachmann or Newt Gingrich as VP nominee?

    October 27, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. Truth Matters

    She just got over a million dollars to allow somebody else to write a book for her and now she wants 40,000 to visit a group she supposedly believes in. What a racket!

    October 27, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    As a senior citizen and an Independent, I find it difficult to understand anyone who would select Sarah Palin as a presidential candidate.
    She is under-educated, with no experience outside of Alaska, resigned her position as governor to go on speaking tours and write a book (did she?) to make money and has no stature on the international scene. She is seen by much of the population as totally unqualified, not intelligent or educated enought for the position, her interview with Katie will haunt her in any election, she is more of a personality than a serious politician and her behavior towards her opponent in the 2008 presidential race, Barack Obama, can only be described as shameful. She is unelectable.

    October 27, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. Tammy

    Arghghghgh! I know it's Halloween and all that, and the zombies are coming out, but this is ridiculous! Just stop!

    October 27, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. Stu

    For all the extremely denigrating comments made about Sarah Palin and her family, she sure does have staying power. And, she is the only national level political candidate I've seen that wasn't already filthy stinking rich and out of touch with the mainstream of America. And by the way, the POTUS may have graduated from Harvard, but we all know the real powerhouse is Yale!!!

    October 27, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  14. Reformed Republican

    There is one thing about a conservative Iowa farmer – You can't pee on their foot and tell them it's raining outside.

    Good luck with those pitchfork carryin' gun toten' farmers – they are gonna hand you your tush on a platter when you start those hollow, non-sensical bleating about "freedom" and "lipstick" and "real Americans" and "god speaks to me"....

    October 27, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  15. President Palin 2013

    President Sarah Palin. Sounds great !

    October 27, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  16. Ted Tartaglia

    Go Caribou Barbie! The Republican'ts and Conservatives need you. They have lost their way and are counting on you to lead them out of the wilderness.

    October 27, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  17. STILL unemployed in Iowa

    Sarah come run our combine if you want some financial support.

    October 27, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. Bassman

    Its been reported Sarah has been payed 1.25 million for her book, but what was missed in the AP story was that the Palin family had to take out a home loan to fight the false allegations. That is the real story behind the headline.

    October 27, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. m smith

    What a waste of 41,000.00.

    October 27, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. gl, Pittsburgh

    Iowa – Sara Palin is making a run for 2012 who do she think she is foolilng. Her stupid supporters really got her to believe she can win in 2012. Sara Palin still have not got over the fact that she lost in 2008. What will she do when she lose again in 2012?

    October 27, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  21. Sarah will run and win in 2012......

    Obama is ONE and DONE.


    October 27, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    She could be the beginning of a real split in the Repulican party that was started by George W Bush. That could lead to another major party. Wouldn't that be great? I think it could be.

    October 27, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  23. John

    Sarah Palin is good, but the GOP needs someone great who is able to truly rally the grassroots support. Ron Paul is the only republican who has any significant level of support within the grassroots community. Ron Paul has been out of the '08 campaign for almost 18 months now, yet his support network is stronger than ever. GOP needs to be smart for 2012, or it will be another big loss.

    October 27, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  24. Squigman

    Dont worry. As soon as she leaves, the property values should bounce up to normal.

    October 27, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  25. Keith in Austin

    Go Sarah....kick some Liberal butt!

    October 27, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
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