April 14th, 2010
02:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin plans 'aggressive' fundraising push

Sarah Palin's political action committee spent more money than it raised in the first three months of 2010.
Sarah Palin's political action committee spent more money than it raised in the first three months of 2010.

Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin's political action committee spent more money than it raised in the first three months of 2010, but the group is planning a "far more aggressive" fundraising effort as the midterm races ramp up.

SarahPAC collected $400,000 in the first quarter of the year, said the PAC's Treasurer Tim Crawford, but spent $409,000 in that same period. The rapid spending rate was owed in part to a substantial national mail program launched on March 25, Crawford said. The results of the program, the PAC's first solicitation by mail, were not yet realized by the time the quarter ended.

The PAC also doled out $9,500 to candidates since January. The former Alaska governor entered April with $919,000 in the bank.

Crawford estimated that Palin added 3,000 donors during the quarter and that SarahPAC now has "close to 20,000 donors," with most of them contributing online.

Palin's fundraising pace appears to have slowed somewhat since last year. In the last six months of 2009, for example, Palin raised $1.4 million, a take boosted by her profile during the contentious health care fight and a nationwide book tour.

Crawford said the PAC plans to be "far more aggressive" in its fundraising efforts as the midterm elections heat up. He noted that the PAC has held just one fundraising event so far in 2010, a small fundraiser in Tennessee. There will be more fundraisers, he said, along with the mail program.

"We weren't as aggressive in the first quarter and now we are," he told CNN. "We are not just going to rely on online [donations]."

The former Alaska governor was outraised in the quarter by two of her potential rivals for the 2012 presidential nomination, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty raised $566,000 in the first quarter, while Romney took in $1.45 million.


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  1. Beverly - NYC

    I wouldn't trust Sarah Palin to plan a picnic. Her PAC is spending other people's donations without the fiscal responsibilty she's always touting. Give directly to the candidates of your choice, not Sarah Palin's. Let her use some of the 12 mil she's hauled in to support her causes.

    April 14, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. MB Seattle

    Red meat Sarah what are your policies? What direction would you take this country in? Tell us what you would do?

    No details, no substance, no future in elected politics.

    You ran from your leadership role in Alaska. Why do you think your fit to lead now?

    Your party is not behind you. You have no future in elected politics.

    April 14, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Barbara

    People should give to their local charities or the Red Cross. They know thier money will go to a good cause; won't be wasted!

    April 14, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    How typical for a republicant, take in 400,000 but spend 409,000. No wonder our country is in the crapper after the 8 years of bush and his regime.

    April 14, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. News-worthy?

    Palin the GOP Cash Cow ...... sorry coundn't resist . So Sara Go!! You're gunna see to it that Obama will be our prez for a second term! Thanks!! We have Bush to thank for the first term. :-)

    April 14, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. If We Can Defeat Him On Healthcare, It Will Be His Waterloo

    Sarah must have a Lear 60.
    She is earning the title of "Queen of the Grifters."

    April 14, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Jay

    hehe...she can't even run her own committee without a deficit.

    April 14, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. jerseylou

    Some thing smells fishy,palin's probably stealing from her self again.I wonder if Nasa can make enough space shuttles to take the purity group on a one trip to the moon and leave them there? Also they need to supply them with some nukes and hopefully palin will be in charge of the red button.

    April 14, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. RedMaple

    And she and her teapartiers are supposed to the be fiscally responsible ones?

    April 14, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Allen Hussein

    "SarahPAC collected $400,000 in the first quarter of the year, said the PAC's Treasurer Tim Crawford, but spent $409,000 in that same period."

    "The PAC also doled out $9,500 to candidates since January"

    Of all the money spent, only $9,500 went to help candidates?!? Hey wingnuts, please send all of your hard earned money to Sister Sarah. Once she gets done buying her wardrobe and flying first class, she might even kick down a nickel or two to your favorite tea party candidate!

    April 14, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Deb

    She is a joke but hey I got to give her credit for tricking folks out of their money.

    April 14, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. specter951

    She wont be the 2012 candidate. A fool and his money are soon parted

    April 14, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Jim in Houston

    It's hard to raise money when you are raking in 100k per speech on the side. I'm no supporter of Palin but I wonder why anyone would contribute to her when she seems more concerned with growing her personal wealth.

    April 14, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Kathleen

    WHY wouldn't these "donors" donate to the poor! Are they crazy?

    April 14, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. harryT

    This woman is a curse upon the American people. She stirs up any trouble she can, lays blame for things, and ends up doing the same things she preaching against. You people out there that say "she's one of us" are total idiots! I don't want my next "one of us" neighbor to run the worlds most powerful country, I want the worlds smartest, and most talented one! Think for a second people, this woman avoids the most basic political questions in all interviews because she doesn't know the answers! She is a stain on the honor of this country.

    April 14, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. David J.

    Well, she's a Republican. They always spend money they don't have and then blame the Left when we kick them out. Not surprising at all.

    April 14, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Jack in Des Moines

    In the CNN poll discussed elsewhere in the political ticker, you may notice that over 40 questions were asked, but only a handfull of those questions and responses are shown. Further more, none of the scenarios read to respondants are shown. They do not reveal what all variables went into choosing the respondants – such as age, income level, education level, race and so forth. I have worked for one of the data companies that provide the list of people for these polls. When they call you, they know exactly who they are calling, and have a good idea of what the results are going to be. Also, when you factor in the scenarios they read to respondants, they have a tendancy, intentionally so, to put respondants in a given frame of mind leaning them in one direction over another. The results of this poll can not be trusted based on the information CNN has provided.

    April 14, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Stacie

    CNN, I know how much you love this woman, but please limit yourself to just one picture per day. I am tempted to stop coming to this site because the shock of seeing her horrible image every day is causing post traumatic stress disorder. There should be a warning, or an opt out button, before her picture pops up.

    April 14, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Honker Bob

    Spending more than you take in. Sounds like Palin operates similar to the government entities she so loves to criticize! My goodness, what an idiot. How can any American be duped by this fraud?

    April 14, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. FUGWB

    Hasn't Sarah had her 15 minutes of fame. She should just go back to AK and shoot some wolves from airplanes, not pay taxes on her remote mansion in the woods and create more lies about Death Panels.

    April 14, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Harry

    I hear at least $200,000 went towards luxo hotels and private jets for the brainless diva.

    April 14, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. pharoah

    People give money to Sarah Palin? For what? To explain to them that:

    "the recently negotiated treaty with Russia – "It's kinda like getting out in the playground, a bunch of kids ready to fight, and one of the kids saying 'go ahead, punch me in the face, I am not going to retaliate..."

    ?????

    April 14, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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