Palin PAC donates to Romney's campaign
November 3rd, 2012
12:55 PM ET
1 year ago

Palin PAC donates to Romney's campaign

(CNN) – Sarah Palin's political action committee donated $5,000 to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign on the last day of October, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.

The amount, while not huge compared to the large donations both candidates have received from individual donors and other committees, is on par with what Palin's group (Sarah PAC) has donated to other Republican candidates running for House and Senate.

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For instance, Sarah PAC has given two donations at $5,000 apiece to Rep. Allen's West's re-election bid, and donated a similar pair of $5,000 donations to Ted Cruz, running for U.S. Senate in Texas. Both of those candidates have received strong backing from tea party groups.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate said in March she voted for Newt Gingrich in her state's GOP primary. During the hard fought contest between Gingrich, Romney, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, she chided the eventual nominee for not connecting enough with conservative voters.

"We can't afford to have low voter turnout in the general election, and that is all the more reason for Romney to really start connecting more with conservatives," she told CNN at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.

In a statement released when Romney chose Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, Palin expressed support for the Republican ticket, but didn't expressly use the word "endorse" to describe her feelings toward her party's new standard bearers.

"Congratulations to Mitt Romney on his choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate," Palin wrote in a statement, which mentioned Romney's name only four times and Ryan's name only three out of over 1,100 words. The statement was posted on her Facebook page.

The donation from Palin's political action committee to Romney's campaign was reported by, among others, The Washington Post.

CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Sarah Palin
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. The Situation

    The Kiss of Death. Palin giving and endorsing Romney! Kiss your chances of winning on Tuesday OVER!

    November 3, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Debra Jackson

    Well that is another nail in their coffin – Republicans must distance themselves from the Tea Party if they want to win.

    November 3, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Does she even believe the things she says? She's cute. But not cuter than the electorate that uses reason when making political decisions.

    November 3, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. John

    Right here should be enough for you Not to vote for Mitt Romney ,Saran Palin want him to win. Maybe Mitt can see Russia from his house to.

    November 3, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Rick Patel

    Concerned citizens who wish to contribute to conservative candidates would do well to direct their donations to SarahPac. Gov. Palin is honest, involved, politically astute, & strategically sensible.

    November 3, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. luke,az

    Gov. Romney is NOT presidential material. He is at best a mediocre manager who will say anything to anybody at anytime. Claiming that Jeep/Chyrsler would send jobs to China is a new low in lying for Gov. Romney. The people of Ohio will punish him for misleading them. Palin can only hurt the Republican party by being visible. President Obama will amass over 300 electoral votes by Nov. 7th.

    November 3, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Yeah, in exchange Romney has promised to give her a job as "Secretary of State". LOL

    November 3, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. rs

    Sarah who? Oh, yeah, the "I can see Russia from my house" gal, the loser from the LAST Presidential election. A real ringing endorsement that is.

    November 3, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Sarah Palin's political action committee donated $5,000 to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign on the last day of October.
    For instance, Sarah PAC has given two donations at $5,000 apiece to Rep. Allen's West's re-election .

    Hey big Spender , how much did her PAC Pocket ?

    November 3, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Mike in Texas

    Wasted money. No more ads are going to change the mind of voters.

    November 3, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Ggborn

    $5000? At the last moments? What's with that? Sarah Palin's PAC is a scam. She spend less than 2% of the finds she pulls in from innocent ( and gullible) Americans on supporting political campaigns. Thankfully she's almost disappeared.

    November 3, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Skeptic2012

    Sarah is getting a little smarter! Since doesn't want to waste money. She KNOWS Mitt's gonna lose......badly!

    November 3, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. va4865

    Too late Wasila hill Billy. Take your money and buy some class ..

    November 3, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    All the money in the world will not get Rmoney elected!

    November 3, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. The fact is

    She donated $5000 to Romney's campaign and is reported on the news. It doesn't seem fair.

    November 3, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Expat American

    Welcome back Sarah "Peggy Hill" Palin. You have not been missed.

    November 3, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Martha in CF

    Oh please send this looney back to Alaska for good!!!!!!

    November 3, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. nina

    imagine if she were your VP? the only thing scarier would be paul ryan cuz everyone could see she's incompetent,,,ryan knows what he would do and that's frightening.....same for romney, bush was imcompetent too but mitt...well, he also knows what he's saying is not what he's gonna do....that too is really scarey....so those voting for romney/ryan....be careful what you wish for
    the world around is watching this race and if the repubs get this election (i won't say win) we will not by sympathetic and we will say "told ya so"

    November 3, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. spud

    Most of the money she puts in her own pocket. What a great endorsemnt from the queen of the bimbos. Romney attracts all the loonies. wonder how much that creep trump donated??? Forward 2012 stop the loonies

    November 3, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. wolfpackbob

    It is still The Economy, Mr. President. Your Economy, Mr. President. You built that.

    November 4, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  21. MaryM

    No one cares Palin. your 15 minutes were up years ago. And to think you repubs wanted this dimwit a heart beat away from the Presidency.

    November 4, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  22. NFLD thought

    Where did she get the cash for a PAC? She is barely considered a journalist so I am guessing she is just above minimm wage there and her Govrnment salary couldn't amount to much as she quit a year or so into it.
    With that said, her endorsement will only prove to help their opponents.

    November 4, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  23. Milton

    I'd give 5K if Sarah Palin would promise to go off the grid in Alaska and stop showing up in the media.

    November 4, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. ga.democrat

    Plain contributing to Romney is just another good reason to vote for Obama.

    November 4, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Buck Jackson

    Looking at her FEC Filing for Q3 she has giving only $69k to candidates while brining in close to $2 million in contributions. Who has she given the most to? Herself. She spent more than $100k in the third quarter on travel, food, lodging, and fuel.

    November 4, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
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