July 12th, 2010
08:48 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin's PAC reports best fundraising quarter to date

Sarah Palin's political action committee raised more than $865,000 over the last three months.
Sarah Palin's political action committee raised more than $865,000 over the last three months.

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.


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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. TangledThorns

    Awesome news. With the conservative counter culture growing Sarah Palin is on track to winning the White House in 2012!

    July 12, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. gino

    What an entertainer!

    July 12, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Joe

    As H.. L. Mencken said, "No one ever got poor by underestimating the taste of Americans."

    July 12, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Peggyt

    It's amazing how many people support a woman & party who's so clueless. The only thing the Republican / Tea Party has done is be the party of no. And, do all they can to try & regain power so they can finish ruining what is left of this great country. The country needs to move forward more than what we've done with the Republican / Tea Party kicking & screaming NO every step of the way. I guess, they want to see the soup lines, even more homeless & the end to Social Security – by the way which is what millions live on these days. Maybe the very rich will support you – yea right. If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brookline to sell you.

    July 12, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Mesa Mick

    Just like PT Barnum once said there’s a sucker born every minute.

    But what he was keeping a secret was you can find most all of them in a church somewhere.

    July 12, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Dean

    CNN – your reports on Sarah Palin sure raises heck with the blood pressure of liberals.

    July 12, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Johnny Five

    Ron Paul really is an amazing man. If my family were alive today, they'd love him. I really think he is the best thing America has going for it.

    July 12, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. WordsMatter

    Wow, she is so stupid and a liar and hateful and just really stupid and just so stupid and a liar and really lying and stupid and full of hate and stupid. Did I mention she is stupid and a liar and she is hateful?

    July 12, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. mike

    PAC for what I don't see Palin or any republican doing anything all
    I see them do is complain what about the oil spill how come Palin,
    Rush,Beck or any of these idiots out there helping in the clean up
    they sit in there plush homes laughing at the public down at the
    gulf and talking there crap so they can make money off them and
    then put a road block in trying to make sure that this won't happen
    again by saying we need to drill when there is just about no oversight
    on the oil giants its all about the money and until the american voter
    changes this problem no one will be going down the gulf people
    are tired of being poisoned by food,drugs,goods,and oil and now it
    is backfiring on the companies that have push for this

    July 12, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. JFS

    This lady is such a joke. If she were so great why is she not in Hatiti or along the Gulf or the inner city or talking to the unemployed while they are waiting in line ?? Where are her solutions ?? Where is her better plan ??? I am SO ASHAMED that this the best that my former party can come up with. A hostile/negative ,slightly educated, former Govenor, beauty queen, hiding behind the merits of true MOMS, and laughing all the way to the bank. This is why our Country is in the mess it is in now. We Americans have failed to recognize the quality of the folks that we put in political positions....most are simply NOT QUALIFIED. Obama at least has a fabulous education and holds secondary college degrees. It took this young women only seven years to get a liberal arts drgree from an average school. It was not as if she had to support children as a single parent either. She is SLOW folks.

    July 12, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Lockhart

    She has not had any problem raising or making money personally thanks to all the loons who constantly trash her. As a conservative, I personally don't find her politcally appealing but find it humorous all the vehemence directed at her is making her wealthly. Definitely not widely loved but she is quite the entepenuer.

    July 12, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. jim

    a fool with money is still a fool. she is un-electable.

    July 12, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Adam in Colorado

    Donating to politicians is such a HUGE waste of money. Especially to one who will never hold office again.

    July 12, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. PK California

    Yup! So do Casinos. Lots of people throw away their money, foolishly!

    July 12, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Jerry

    I wish she was our president instead of you know who.

    July 12, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. John

    She won't win if she all the money in the republican party,and they be dump if they let her. All she care about is about how much money she make,and how many lies she tell.

    July 12, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. James Cunningham

    Great! You go girl! Give CNN and the lamestream media whatfor!

    July 12, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Marie MD

    Will we ever stop hearing or reading about this retard?
    STOP PUTTING HER UNDER POLITICAL ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The woman is a low class entertainer, aat best, with no savvy or intelligence. She will NEVER be anything more than she already is because she is uneducated and intellectually challenged.
    Gawd! Even the press knew when to stop covering spears, hilton and anna nicole smith.
    GIVE IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ENOUGH Of THIS BIMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 12, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. bostic30

    If people put that money back into the ecomony instead of in this blowhard's PAC the country would be better off.

    July 12, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Shucks

    Palin could have a billion dollars in her coffers, and unless every single democrat, or millions of independents died, she still has no chance of ever winning a general election. Zip, Zero, Nada.

    July 12, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. Joshua Ludd

    Now if it were only more than a slush fund for Sarah Palin and were actually being used for what it is supposed to be used. I get the feeling we will see even more ethics and law violations in her near future.

    July 12, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. gerald strother

    Palin is not suited for the Presidency and does not have the intellect to aspire to run this country. She's after the almighty dollar. I will not watch her show as this past week shows that she lifted interviews from other shows, she can't even be honest with her audience that the interviews were tapes from other Palin wouldn't be the dumbest woman in Wash. DC.She's after the almighty dollar. I say, Sara, stay out there. You make the President look that much more presidential.she's not the brightest bulb on the tree and she QUIT her state job (but the Alaskans area actually probably better off since she did). Oh, did I remeber to say Palin=BIMBO! Never met a camera she didn't love.

    July 12, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Psychologist

    It is established that she is obviously pathetic, but even worse are the people who pay to hear, pay for, and come see a quitter.

    July 12, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. jimbob

    She is so cute how could I ever vote for another.

    July 12, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Liz the First

    It's a sad commentary indeed that there are this many people who buy this woman's garbage enough to give her money to continue spewing it. she is a negative influence on this country and its politics, and that was the kindest way i could think of to say that.

    July 12, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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