January 27th, 2009
05:12 PM ET
9 years ago

Palin launches political action committee

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/11/12/palin.future/art.palin.gi.jpg caption="SarahPac will allow Palin to travel nationwide to campaign for Republicans."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sarah Palin has launched a new political action committee called SarahPac, signaling that the Alaska Governor intends to remain a player in national politics even after her failed bid to become the country’s first female vice president.

"SarahPac will support local and national candidates who share Gov. Palin's ideas and goals for our country," says the PAC’s Web site, which promises that Palin will be "a strong voice for energy independence and reform."

A spokesperson for SarahPac confirmed that Palin is behind the group and said it was registered with the Federal Election Commission on Monday evening. The Web site went live on Tuesday morning and is already soliciting donations.

"The PAC is a smart thing to do because she’s getting so many speaking requests still, so if she gets a request from, say, Bob McDonnell in Virginia, she could do that travel out of her PAC money,” explained the spokesperson, noting that Palin has been in high demand from Republicans around the country since the campaign ended. In December, the governor traveled to Georgia to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Saxby Chambliss in that state's runoff election.

Palin posted a note on her Facebook page Tuesday afternoon promoting her new committee.

"Hi Friends, I wanted you all to be among the first to know that I've launched my new political action committee, SarahPAC, today," the post says, telling supporters to "stay tuned for updates."

The domain name "SarahPac.com" was registered on January 2 to Campaign Solutions, a Web consulting firm in northern Virginia with longstanding ties to John McCain, which processed online donations for the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee in 2008. The URL is set to expire in 2012, according to online records.

Rebecca Donatelli, the chairman of Campaign Solutions, confirmed her company is working for the group.

Calls to a Palin adviser in Alaska were not immediately returned.

UPDATE: According to a copy the FEC filing, SarahPac's statement of organization was filed by Virginia political consultant Timothy Crawford, who is listed on the paperwork as the group's treasurer. Reached by phone, Crawford told CNN he plans to sit down in the coming weeks with Palin to discuss her plans for the committee.


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soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. carlo

    Keep it coming Sarah! I'll contribute. Anything to put you in the 2012 race. Makes it easier for Obama to be re-elected.

    January 27, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. bsmith171

    why is this news?

    January 27, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Danny

    I almost pity this woman in her determination to become the most visible irrelevancy since Dan Quayle. Bless her li'l heart!

    January 27, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Tafari

    The loser looks great standing in her GOP sponsored outfit.

    January 27, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. TyWebb

    Oh, goody!

    January 27, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. cnnnewser

    Sarah Pac....LOLOLOLOL
    The pundits will have a field day with this.
    She'll do anything to keep her name in the news. She and Governor Blajovich from Illinois should band together and form their own talk show. LOL

    January 27, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Matt

    And on the 8th day, God said "Let there be funny..."

    January 27, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. RealityKing

    Jeb/Sarah 2012! A vote to end the Obama depression!!

    January 27, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Don

    please go away.!!!!!!

    January 27, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Greed is not good

    Good...let the GOP self-destruct with her at the helm

    January 27, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. Matt

    And if they can't kill the GOP by be obstructionist, ther's always 2012...

    January 27, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Edward

    Oh man, I hope that she wins the GOP nomination in 2012, lol.

    January 27, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Ed from PA

    I may not believe in God... but the only thing that seems appropriate in response is "May God have mercy on us all."

    I hope she runs in 2012 after a (hopefully) successful first term of Obama, so that hopefully we can be rid of her for good. I can't believe how many people voted for her to be the Vice President of our country... her stupidity even extends beyond that of the infamous W.

    January 27, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. snugglebunny

    Zzzzzzzzzzz

    January 27, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Jackie in Dallas

    OH PLEASE CNN, please stop reporting this on the Ticker...it rightly should go under Entertainment!

    SarahPAC??? The woman seriously needs to get over herself. WE DON'T CARE!

    January 27, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Dylan from MN

    I didn't think she actually had "ideas", I thought her sole purpose was to spread hate and ignorance.

    January 27, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Cameron

    Someone please kill me, wasnt the election over like 2 months ago?

    January 27, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. cnnnewser

    I despise her smug face.
    How did she ever get elected to office.... nevermind.

    January 27, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. obama-mama

    Palin/Blago 2012........

    January 27, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Dennis

    Just read another cnn.com article about how some view the year 2012 as being "apocolyptic" (citing supposed Mayan predictions). If Sarah Palin is center stage for the Republicans in 2012, it will indeed be apocolyptic for them.

    January 27, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Robin

    Liberal "tolerant" hate to start...

    January 27, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. Blunckhouse

    Who is this person again?

    January 27, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. David S.

    You go Sarah, lets get ready for 2012!

    January 27, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Breck

    Oh good grief, I have a horrible feeling this pathetic, birdbrained woman will be in my state soon.

    January 27, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. Meh

    SarahPAC? Really? Of course this narcissist would have *her* name as the name of the committee. Quel surprise!

    PLEASE go away. You are not relevant.

    January 27, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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