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. ReaganRules

    There used to be a time when liberals would at least make an effort at defending thier positions before resorting to name calling, now they just skip the effort and go straight to personel attacks. I happen to like Palin's political ideas and would have no problem debating them, but I probably wouldn't be interested in having a beer with her. Obama I would have a beer with and maybe play some ball with but I disagree with almost all of his ideas for the country.

    February 2, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    I'm sure if this is true that it won't go over very well with the Tea Party crowd. But as of right now they have so much division in their ranks that might not even notice.

    February 2, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. Bush's Favorite Things: Blanky, Bikey & Nappy

    Rather than lend Sarah a hand, he could have been a real gentleman and lent her a brain instead. Somebody, please step up!

    February 2, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Hard Core Dem

    A wise man once said...

    "You can't fix stupid"!!

    enuff said. :)

    February 2, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. John

    Sarah Knows that Democrats is better than Republicans in Speechwriting.

    February 2, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. This Is Getting Old

    Imagine that – a politician having someone write their speech. While I agree that the irony of this is quite comical, this "story" is otherwise irrelevant.

    I don't get why people get so angry at HER when a pointless story such as this one is reported. Blame the media wanting to track her every move so they can be there to report her every indiscretion and cast every possible negative light on the woman. I also think it's hypocritical to wish for her to go away, and in the very next breath chastize her for resigning as governor. She no longer has an active role in politics – which is what so many of you wanted – can't we start directing our anger and concern towards something more relevant that actually has an impact on us and our country?

    February 2, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. Shelly

    There are NO humorous or happy people in the Republican realm.....just a group of bitter, revengeful and lost souls. They can't even think because their ONLY answer to help the American people is " NO" !

    February 2, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Ruth

    Isn't Palin the one who bitterly condemned Obama for reading a teleprompter? What a hipocrit she is.

    February 2, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. Cobra Montana

    All you whining diemocrats love to trash Sarah Palin when the thing you sent to Washington is busy ruining the country but you are to drugged to know what is happening!!1

    February 2, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. Mike S. New Orleans

    Didn't she piece together a journalism degree after six or eight years?
    But she can't write a speech?

    She's a category 5 idiot.

    February 2, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. Steve_in_BR

    The real story here should be the biased media. The link to the article "Palin paid Dem, Records Show" is totally misleading but oh so typical. It makes it sound like she paid someone off for some sort of political favor or back room deal and not that she paid someone to write a speech for here.

    February 2, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. Al in Chesapeake

    Keep at it Liberals. You sure are afraid of Sarah Palin. Just goes to show how much you really know about things. Maybe you should wise up and see where your buddy Obama is leading this country. Down the tubes.

    February 2, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. knownonsense

    If Palin couldn't stand up to Katie Couric, how would she stand up to the real heavy hitters and issues on the world stage? I support the right and am tired and angry about the direction this nation is headed but if Sarah Palin is going to run for president, I believe she would do a great deal more harm than good.

    February 2, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. rob

    "But Schnure said he had no problem helping a Republican – even one as polarizing as Palin – with a speech designed to make people laugh."

    Its the folks on the left who think she is polarizing, and the more CNN and other liberal news outlits follow her every move and criticize her the more she brings Republicans and Independants together to oppose the liberals in Congress and the White House.

    The pendulum is swinging back in a huge way and pretty soon you Liberals and the idiots who post hatefull vile stuff here are going to feel very lonely.

    Nov. can't come fast enough.

    February 2, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. chesapeakephil

    "she who will not be named" goes both ways? is that a gop thing or personal?

    February 2, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. vette gal

    Gee, must be nice to have $14,000 to throw around to have someone write a speech for her at an event she probably made thousands of dollars giving it.

    I just love the fact that all the right wingers who think she's just a hockey mom don't understand she really isn't. What hockey mom do you know that can spend that kind of money to have a speech written?

    February 2, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. GoawayPalin

    CNN What is the obsession with this twit’s every move? She flies to X place, she talks to X, she criticizes x and so on on.. I know she gets 300 + comments. CNN reports her every move and we were sick of it 6 months ago. I don’t see CNN writing about other people’s facebook comments. Political ticker is for political stories not about Palin this and Palin that. Oh Palin’s daughter is suing for child support!!! Has the world leader in news become TMZ…..

    February 2, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. Adalbert

    Why are we keep talking about this gold digger?

    February 2, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Palin needs more help than hiring a speech writer, how about hiring a brain surgeon or is it too late.

    February 2, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    BTW- Palen needs a speechwriter likes Obama needs a teleprompter- and whats on the teleprompter- a speech. Obama is a teleprompter in a suit.

    February 2, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  21. AlertSooner

    She had that help. She still blew it! LOL

    February 2, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. A keen observer

    I guess she couldn't find a Republican speech writer with a sense of humor so she had to turn to a Democrat. Republicans and Teabaggers, eat your hearts out!

    February 2, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  23. Jeremiah

    Why does this matter?

    February 2, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  24. DeeBee

    How can you call her dumb? She paid 14M for a speech from the dems and then charged the teabaggers 100M!

    February 2, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. Tammy

    Even that won't help her. Will be fun to see where she pauses, how she pronounces and phrases stuff. Oh, what entertainment!

    February 2, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
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