Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin's political action committee raised more than $865,000 over the last three months, according to a newly filed report with the Federal Election Commission – the former Alaska governor's biggest quarterly take since SarahPAC was launched in early 2009.
But the PAC's fundraising so far this year has been roughly on pace with its 2009 efforts. Palin raised more than $1.2 million since the beginning of this year, about $200,000 less than she raised in the second half of 2009.
She finished the quarter with roughly $1 million in the bank.
Palin's big haul between April and June – and the $742,000 spent by the PAC in the same period – reflects her stepped up political activity in recent months. As November's midterm election near, Palin's team spent more than $17,000 on charter jet travel to campaign for candidates and deliver speeches nationwide.
The committee's largest expenditure of the second quarter was the PAC's first direct mail fundraising effort, which cost more than $150,000 but has netted more than $600,000 so far, according to committee treasurer Tim Crawford. Palin has mostly relied on internet fundraising since launching the Virginia-based PAC in January 2009.
The PAC continued to pay a small clutch of consultants, including several who worked closely with Palin during her vice presidential campaign, for domestic and foreign policy advice, political consulting, logistics and speechwriting.
Befitting the PAC's mission to help conservative-minded candidates this fall, Palin doled out almost $90,000 to Republican candidates, including a handful in the key presidential nominating states of Iowa and South Carolina. Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, for instance, received $5,000 from Palin.
Palin gave $5,000 to Joe Miller, a Tea Party-backed challenger to Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski - but she also contributed to Virginia House candidate Robert Hurt, who drew several Tea Party opponents in his Republican primary earlier this year.
Though Palin's endorsement of South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley is credited with helping Haley secure the GOP nomination, SarahPAC did not contribute to Haley's campaign, according to the FEC filings. Meanwhile, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a potential 2012 rival of Palin's, steered $42,000 to the Haley campaign.
Romney's Free and Strong America, which submits its financial numbers monthly, has not filed its June report but raised more than $1 million during the months of April and May taken together.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has not posted his second quarter numbers, but a spokesman said his Freedom First PAC will report raising $700,000 in the last three months.
Fools and their money are soon parted.
That speaks volume of Americans!
This fund raising speaks not to the strength of Palin as a candidate but rather her ideas and the ideas of the tea party....namely we cannot continue borrowing against our children's future to pay for current costs. We need to cut spending. We need to stop giving away free stuff. Our entitlement programs and entitlement mentality is out of control. Everyone needs to work. Everyone needs to pay some taxes. Rich people need to pay more taxes. Poor people cannot expect free stuff (housing, food or healthcare) unless they work and earn it. This is the philosophy that has propelled Sarah to success and the one that we need to continue.
there is little doubt that Sarah Palin is a powerful, influential force.
People actually pay good money to hear this twit talk?
More absolute proof about the old adage, "A fool and his money are soon parted."
Sarah Palin owned by big oil and the big banks
Hope most of it goes to the government....
Wow... how can people donate so much to a public figure who is so stupid? Have people even put thought to some of the outrageous things she has said?
Hey dopey, can I have your spare changey?
GO SARAH GO. You'll not only drive the LEFT nuts – you'll drive them out of office.
nothing immoral about separating fools from their money!!
the speculation continues. until the time comes, we won't know if she actually plans to try for a run at the WH in 2012. as long as liberals coninue to attack, riducule, and respond to her, she will continue to gain support and most likely funds. liberals should learn the power of non-engagement.
You go, Sarah!
She's still an idiot......
This proves that you don't have to be smart to be rich. Look at all the airheads giving cash to Palin. Amazing. Too bad it's a waste. (Not really)
And to think, just four short years ago, she was an unknown rogue mayor of a small town in Alaska.
She better invest it well. I doubt she'll ever actually hold office again after her massive failure in Alaska. I'd love to see her wreck the GOP in 2012. but I doubt she'll be allowed to go that far.
My hubby and I went to a great local pub the other night. While we were there, the DJ was playing really good music and people were moving around and enjoying it. The music stops abruptly. It's (unfortunately) time for karoake. An older woman gets up and sings, very poorly, an old country music song. One song leads to another about 10 minutues later. I'm whooping it up and rooting the woman on, even though she is beyond terrible and her music choices are almost worse. The waitress looks at me and says, "PLEASE don't encourage her"! That's all I'm going to say.
LOL, I can see November from my house!
P. T. Barnum said it best: "There's a sucker born every minute" and only Americans would support a clear substanceless fraud!
The flip side is, they also elected one too, so these people are not too bright in the first place.
CNN needs to try and be objective about Palin. When she says something stupid you do print it but when she says something that you think looks good for her you print it. Palin is not a leader and will not meet with the press. She works for Fox ....maybe CNN can pay her more money than fox and then ask her real questions instead of kissing up to her.
Guess the old saying is true: "A fool and his money are soon parted." And Sarah's got more complete fools in her fanbase than any other candidate.
I like it, though. It shows how ridiculous today's Republican party is, that they get excited about such a ridiculous candidate. I'm an independent, but I'm not sure I'll ever vote for a Republican again, just because I wouldn't want to be included in the demographic. It's embarrassing company.
Sometimes the price of tea can be higher than you would expect.
I love how some of you frothing right-wingers always complain of Obama's "Chicago-style" politics.
What I will never understand is your love for Palins "Idiot-style" politics.
like the oil spill keeps spreading. not good. dumbing down of political system.