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. TPF

    When thousands of people give money to pacs, we don't need to know that Palin gave money. She is irrelevant to everything. No one cares about her anymore! Her short time in the spotlight has dimmed.

    November 4, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. rmtaks

    John McCain did more harm unleashing this pestilence while losing the election than anything Obama has done in the last 4 years.

    November 4, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Ed FL

    Wonder where she got the money, she hasn't had a job in years. Alaska finances took a beating when she ran out on her elected office.

    November 4, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Wanderer

    Why only $5000.00? Probably because:
    1. She was disappointed about that Romney didn’t pick her as the VP candidate.
    2. She feels Romney will not win.
    3. She neither likes Obama nor Romney but because she already made mistake that she is a GOP then she must donate something to Romney.
    If any or all the above is true then, if Palin is a good woman, she still has a chance to forfeit her party and, with her money, starts doing something good for people of America. By now, she should already knew that the GOP is always against women equality.

    November 4, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. BettyT

    Sarah Palin gives Mitt's campaign $5,000 to see her name in the news again.

    November 4, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Robert in LA

    At this late stage in the game, what are 85K going to do? Give the money to the Red Cross for hurricane victims.

    November 4, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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