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. Rick in WA

    Watch scared dems pile on now with hateful comments.

    January 27, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Happy Camper

    No more McCain (under cover democrat) business. We need real Conservative Republican like Ron Paul to lead the way

    January 27, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Matt

    One word: delusional.

    January 27, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Uncle S.A.M.

    This is nothing but a politcal stunt. Forming a political action committee doesn't negate the fact that she doesn't know anything and is dumb as a sack of rocks. If anything, it's more of a learn as you go committee.

    January 27, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Steven

    Oh god help us!

    January 27, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. KenM

    The only PAC this piece of rightwing trailer-trash should start is the FudgePAC. Because that is exactly what will happen to all those neo-dimwits that will waste their money on making donations to it. I'm LMAO at all you rightwingers who will waste your money on this. I celebrate your loss!!!!

    January 27, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Caligirl

    Oops! Thanks alot John McCain, now she's never going to go away.

    January 27, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Brandon (Wilmington, NC)

    I want to cry...Please just go away! I'm tired of all these old white dudes talking about how hot you are and how all they want to do is sleep with ya, that's how you're getting their votes...It's sad, really sad. Just go home, PLEASE?!

    January 27, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. James

    When will this crazy lady go away once and for all! Does she not realize that her hillbilly voice annoys more people!

    Sarah, time for you to be a Mom and Grandmother and stay up there in the cold...cold needs to stay with cold!

    January 27, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Dr. Matt

    SarahPac, where stupidity and ignorance is embraced and encouraged.

    January 27, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Let

    Unbelievable. Can we please get rid of this woman. She took down the Republican party with her nomination. Please go away.

    January 27, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Allen

    This is what REAL change looks like! The more the media and the left-wing wackos express their disdain and hatred of this woman, the more I'm convinced she should be our next president. GO SARAH!!!

    January 27, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Alan

    Yes! Go Sarah! I love her!!! She'll help keep the Republicans out of serious contention for control for DECADES. I'm SO glad she's so determined to push herself on America and the Republicans are so eager to put her forward. It's great for Democrat rule.

    January 27, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Gene

    Guess being Governor of Alaska isn't too demanding of a job.

    January 27, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. BB

    The female version of Limbaugh – Ha ha ha ha ha

    Good jokes are always welcome.

    January 27, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Juge

    OY as they say in French – and GO AWAY AND STAY AWAY in English!

    January 27, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. witch

    That is scary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 27, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Matt, Minneapolis, MN

    I'm sorry, I voted for McCain, and even I don't know what "She" stands for.

    January 27, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. mmd

    who cares

    January 27, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. irene

    Ugh – She's like a bad penny that just keeps coming back. I hope the GOP nominates her, then we will have 4 more years of non-GOP rule because there just aren't enough stupid people to vote for the likes of this loser.

    Hey Sarah – Why don't you tend to your family? From the looks of things, you screwed them up pretty badly with all that talk about Jesus and demons. How do you expect to run a country if you can't even raise your own kids properly?

    January 27, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. REG in AZ


    January 27, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Donna

    Good for you Sarah.

    January 27, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Jason

    The Dumb organizing the dumber for thesake of telling everyone how dumb thay are... but in our country you are entitled to make a butt of yourself as much as you want...even to the point of buying airtime so everyone can see how you are incapable of answering a hard question like "What do you read?"

    January 27, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. john olowa

    pls palin go away ur 15minz of fame is over.go back to alaska and read books,know supreme court judgement,know the bush's policy u can do alot better by reading and improving ur self instead of trying to stay on the lime light

    January 27, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Susie

    Love her. Hope she comes back.

    January 27, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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