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. Freed_From_W

    Have we not suffered enough?

    January 27, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Tom in CA

    Will some one PLEASE take this moose to the North Slope and leave her there?

    Thank you!

    January 27, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Emily

    This woman would pose as the centerfold for Playboy if it got her
    attention. I have never seen another pe rson, male or female with the need to be in the spotlight this woman has.

    She is dangerous

    January 27, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Why her.....

    GO AWAY!

    January 27, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Amber

    Really? Can I donate to the CNN Political Ticker to keep Sarah Palin articles off of it?

    January 27, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. anne

    heres to all the comments to follow. dont waste your time telling her to go away. she wont. shes like a bad penny. thanks to mcshame she will never go quietly up to the great white north of alaska. thank god we have obama to show us into the light.

    January 27, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Hucklecat

    I guess she never heard about Andy Warhols' "15 minutes of fame." She's gone way over her allotted time...

    January 27, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. susanj

    what a waste of time and money.

    January 27, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. R

    she's all about her

    January 27, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Corey W

    Oh no not again. Please go away moose lady....

    January 27, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. Mary

    Wow. This woman is incredible. Mother to five children, grandmother to one. Loving, supportive wife. Governor of state facing meltdown due to low oil prices. Traveling thousands of thousands of miles supporting poticial friends. One wonders how one person can do any/all of it well. Oh, there's the rub. Never mind.

    January 27, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. No SarahPac

    This woman needs lots of homework to do before any further political actions.

    First, reading national newspapers.
    Second, parenting her teenaged daughter mom.
    Third, banning any corruption related to her folks.
    Fourth, facing media in a professional manner. (Instead of winking)

    Fifth, .... should I go on and forth?

    No Sarahpac. People first.

    January 27, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. eddy

    Peter and Abbi go find a job.If this is the only BS you can cover I suggest you go and join AILIN PALIN and maybe we won't hear from any of you again.Don't you read the articles on palin.Noone wants to know anything about this nitwit.Maybe you are already on her payroll.GO TO ALASKA with her and don't forget to bring your skates.As for CNN where the hell do you find these reporters?What a shame.

    January 27, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. JJR60616

    Sarah, baby...

    Buh Buh now.

    Glad you had a great time, yawn...wow I'm bushed....

    Yep, gotta get up for work tomorrow...

    whispered...well what else do you want me to do, she isn't leaving...

    GO....AWAY.

    January 27, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. SteveO

    I wish this woman would just go away. On the other hand I hope she is the Republican nominee in 2012, Obama will be a shoe in!

    January 27, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Concerned Democrat.

    It seems like the Democrats and Republicans are wasting no time in preparing for 2010 and 2012.

    January 27, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. Sharon Kitchen

    say it ain't so............sarah
    can you see all the states from your back door?
    Are you going to have Joe the plumber be on your site?
    Well......maybe not ,since he didn't like some of the things McCain did,and you are using the same company as a consulting firm that he used..............
    oh well......................how are all the baby (12 day old) wolf pups doing?
    Did you get'm all yet? Don't forget the turkeys and moose.....what a busy time up north.

    January 27, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. Doug

    God save us from Bush part two. Oh wait, he already has. Thank you God.

    January 27, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. Joe Vanderbosch

    HA HA HA!!! Please Sarah, Please Sarah, run and get the Republican Nomination in 2012. That will clinch another 4 years for Obama.

    January 27, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Shawn - GA

    Signed up...! I mean, why not? Can't hurt to see what this is all about.

    January 27, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Tony -- Nevada -- Independent

    Sarah its over. I was a supporter of you and John McCain but your time has come and gone. You may be a good Governor but you don't have what it takes to be a national player. We will need new blood and ideas to beat Obama and the Democrats in 2012.

    January 27, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. bessie

    this women is a joke! and any rep. who follows her ,get ready for defeat. please tell me that the rep.have someone who's smart enough to know that this chick does not have brains enough to run your party ,only looks and a big empty mouth! that she keers putting her feet in ,she is the reason i turned from an independent to a demo.

    January 27, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Jim

    Fine! There will be those, who like her, don't read newspapers or much else and then call those who do "elitist" She is her own worse enemy. There is a thin base of people whose ideas and ideologies are thinner!
    So be it!

    January 27, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Come again!

    Has she gotten any calls from any universities or colleges who want to enroll her for some higher learning, so she may become more knowledgeable and intelligent and at least gain some intellectual curiosity before she decides to run for the highest offices in government?

    January 27, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. Chuck

    I guarantee you that this woman will never be president. It goes against everything America spoke to on November 4th. She and her supporters are just too stupid to realize she was part of the cause for the immense turnout.

    January 27, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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