February 2nd, 2010
11:49 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin hired former Gore speechwriter for big speech

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivered a humorous speech at the Gridiron Dinner last December.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivered a humorous speech at the Gridiron Dinner last December.

Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin's political action committee doled out tens of thousands of dollars last year to Republican consulting firms and donations to GOP candidates, according to the PAC's end-of-year filing with the Federal Election Commission.

But Sarah PAC also paid one Democrat $14,000 for what the FEC report terms "Consulting, Communication, Speech."

That Democrat was Eric Schnure, a former speechwriter for Al Gore, who was hired by Palin to craft her humorous speech to the Gridiron Dinner in Washington last December.

Schnure, a speechwriting veteran who recently signed on with the communications consulting firm Dewey Square Group, calls himself a "proud Democrat." But Schnure said he had no problem helping a Republican – even one as polarizing as Palin – with a speech designed to make people laugh.

"I think humor is one of the last bastions of bipartisanship," Schnure told CNN. "She elicits strong opinions on both sides of the aisle, but I think most people in Washington are savvy about these things. And they understand these humor events have a special place."

Still, Schnure said he has received a fair amount of ribbing from fellow Democrats – including his wife – for lending a hand to Palin.


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  1. Stacie

    Palin is as fake as the person who stole Obama mama's name today.

    February 2, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Mickey

    Gee, we all saw how that worked for Gore...

    Besides, now that she's hired someone on the same planet as a Democrat, the GOP will cast her away like the old shoe that she is.

    February 2, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. Carlos former Republican....

    No speech writer can mask Sararh's incompetence, and total lack of understanding of complicated issues. Yeah (as Obama said) you can put lipstick on a pig...but at the end all you have is pig with lipstick.
    Maybe after her 15 min. of fame Ms Palin will return to her 'double' in Wasilla and run for mayor again.........

    February 2, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Ralph

    Well, this is nearly poetic in it's irony.

    February 2, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. BR

    No matter who she hires as speech writer, it's coming out of her mouth which spills all over. We just need Katie Couric to take care of this one!

    February 2, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. roger

    Didn't do much good, she is still an idiot!

    February 2, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Ron

    Palin and group spends a lot of money making her out of something she's not. Palin does not have the intellectual capabilities even an understanding of political issues – this is way she is so divisive.

    We know who wrote her "resignation speech" LoL...

    But those FB posting she definitely not the author or brains behind it also................

    February 2, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. MidniteTweek

    You just have to love all the hate speech from liberals. Nothing like an article on Sarah Palin for libs to show their true colors. You show 'em, people. Keep hammering away on those computers. I can hear the keys clicking from here. Anywhere else you'd have to pay good money for this kind of entertainment.....

    February 2, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Tram

    Someone writes a speech.
    It's on a piece of paper.
    That means Palin would have to "read" what's written on the paper.

    She can read?

    February 2, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. jerseylou

    WOW,talk about a deer in the head lights look .She looks space out, now i know why the hillbillies and old geezers can't keep their hands out of their pants she looks like easy pickings.

    February 2, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Mike, Albany

    Palin desparately needs a speech writer. I can only imagine how a speech she might write would sound: "Because when you, like I can, see Russia from your house, we need physical responsibility and to give women's rights to the unborn children - after all, they will grow up to interpret a better world, or so this is what I read in ALL the newspapers and magazines!" Please send this loser back to Alaska.

    February 2, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    Why pay $14000 for jokes. All she had to do was stand there, because she is the biggest joke of all.

    February 2, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Emma

    She is a joke even without a funny speech written for her to deliver. For such a rich woman, she is being kind of cheap for not paying more to someone who thinks at a higher level than she.

    February 2, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. Sarah, Sarah, Sarah..

    Why does she need Al Gore's speech writer? What about those tea-baggin' fools. Oh that's right, they can't read or write.

    Well, I guess she wants Al Gore's speech writer because that person may know something about the environment. That's so Sarah can seem half-way intelligent.

    I think the gig is up on Sarah, the country and the rest of the world realizes she is a cheap empty suit. She will pay anything to keep her star rising, so she can rake in the money from the deathers and birthers and drop them, like the dead weight they represent.

    February 2, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Did the nation's favorite retard also hire someone to read the speech to her? Someone to teach her how to speak proper and inteliigible English? Someone to teach her how to stop acting like she's at a pick-up joint and control that winking thang she's got going on?

    My goodness, I could go on forever.........

    February 2, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. Amy - AK

    CNN – You do know that SarahPac pays Rebecca Mansour as an alledged "consultant" to ghostwrite her Fakebook posts; hence, the FAKE outrages. Please stop reporting on the Alaskan Air Head.

    February 2, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. Dave

    I love how she can't even write a non-political, "humorous" speech on her own behalf. I'd understand if the speech were otherwise, since without a doubt the woman has no training nor aptitude for writing a persuasive political piece, but she's gotta go and outsource her humor too. What a bobblehead. Here's hoping she wins the 2012 Republican primary.

    February 2, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  18. Really?

    Ya think Obama writes his own speeches? NOT! He has a team of speechwriters and teleprompter operators. Think he's paying for this out of his own pocket? NOT! You and I - the taxpayers - are paying for it.

    February 2, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  19. Nick , California

    Money changes everyone.. whether it be a politician, a writer or the guy working at McDonalds! Look at China.. we rag on the Democrats accusing them of being communist when all of our products that we buy in the US come from China. We are willing to put aside our morals for profit!! The Computer screen that you are looking at came from a communist country, but I don't hear you crying about that!

    February 2, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. coreywalker

    who really cares.

    February 2, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. coreywalker

    why he's at it.show her were russia is.

    February 2, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. dready1rasta

    Dumb as a box of rocks and 1/2 as interesting.

    February 2, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. Fitz in Texas

    Oh come now CNN, do some real reporting. Just a suggestion here, but how about reporting on how President Obama and the Democrats are destroying our country not only for all of us, but for our children and their children. I know the truth hurts to report, but try it sometime. It just might make you feel better.

    February 2, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. Doraine Gordon

    I wonder if the people who are paying that much money will enjoy hearing a speech that was written by a Democrat. Oh, I'm sure we will hear all about the great speech Palin reads at this dinner. I doubt if the GOP media tells people it was written by a Democrat. I don't know why any Democrat would write a speech for Palin. It has to be for the money. I guess some people will do anything for money. He must be aufully hard up for money to cross over to the Dark Side. Shame on him!!!

    February 2, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. Sapwolf

    She hired a speechwriter to assist with a speech.

    What's the issue? That is what politicians do. Duh!

    Her Hong Kong speech was excellent as were her Evansville and Milwaukee speeches.

    This woman has no fear and will probably win the GOP nomination.

    Obama better pull to the middle quick because indies are bailing big time.

    February 2, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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