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.