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. california grandma

    here's an idea for ol' sarah palin – why don't you put country first, and volunteer to house the terrorists in some remote fringe facility in alaska?
    it would be a win-win situation: the terrorists we need to keep our eyes on will be housed; palin gets a atta-girl for helping our country (and probably some federal money to build a facility), and she could use it as a nail the platform of her next run for office.

    January 27, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Ben

    lord, why?

    January 27, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. jwn in south carolina

    It is OVER Sarah...............go away!

    January 27, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. LS, Austin, TX

    Great Sara is doing this, it will ensure us the continuation of not having the Republicans control the country.

    There are too many people out there that are just too smart to elect a woman like Sarah, who has a very low level of any sort of intelligence. It is so low, it wouldn't even read on any type of 'meter', if there was one.

    January 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. chelle

    I bet Alaskans are just thrilled that she is governing so well. Gee thanks John McCain – she could still be an obscure, ill spoken, ill informed governor of 600,000 people but no, you had to pick her.

    January 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Colette

    Please Sarah leave us alone! Not everyone in America follows the WASP mentality and wants those ideals imposed upon us all. Palin and other super conservatives really wish for America to become a fascist theocracy. Get over it Neocons...Obama won and now has a lot of crap to fix after Bush and criminal Cheney left our country a mess. Seriously who thinks Palin has the intellect to be involved in anything?

    January 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Tommy Ho

    Please, Sarah. Run!!
    We miss you already. SNL is just not the same without you.

    January 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Marie

    If the RepubliSCUMS are thinking they are going to be brought out of the political wilderness by this witch, then it looks as though DC will be a DemoCRAPic stronghold for decades!!!

    January 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Good luck GOP

    If she is the best the GOP can come up with in 2012, they are in BIG trouble!

    January 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. Enough is Enough

    If you keep giving her press time she won't go away.

    It's irrelevant to current issues (and there are many critical items right now) and a waste of everyone's time.

    Let this die out like a fire without any fuel.

    January 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Tomas E

    Maybe they should just name it for what it really is the "dumbPac"

    January 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. Suzie McKay

    Governor Palin would do well to consider that the majority of Americans do not share her ideas and goals for the country, as evidenced by her sound thrashing last November. Stay home, Sarah, and stay out of our lives.

    January 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. Sherry

    Please go crawl back under your rock.

    January 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. sonia

    She is truly out of her mind. With as much nonsense as they made of her presidential campaign, you would think the point would have hit her in the face, but apparently taking care of new grandchild and teaching her daughter how to be a new mom are not worthy enough causes for her at this point it time.

    January 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    she's a moron

    January 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. ANt

    PLEASE GO AWAY!!!!!!

    January 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Creative Woody

    By all means, republicans. Keep Sarah in the front of GOP minds. I'm sure the second time around will be just as entertaining. And successful.

    January 27, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Joie, DC

    If you love your country as much as you say you do...you'd go away for a loooong while. Do us all the favor. I know it's a little hard for her self-important, narrow mind to comprehend, but she's become nothing more than media fodder. Sorry Sarah, we chose intellect over ineptitude. Deal with it.

    January 27, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Debbie

    She needs to get an education 1st- then think about running or doing anything, she needs to take care of her family.

    January 27, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Earl Way

    Who cares?

    January 27, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Scott

    Guess she liked them fancy clothes. Figures why not take more trips to Nieman Marus. I used to think she was kind of cute, she is actually kind of scary looking now that I know how she thinks, if you can call it that.

    January 27, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. nick

    Oh you Republicans are a savvy bunch.. Sarah is really going to carry you all a long way....DOWN....

    January 27, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. Alvin

    If some odd group wants her to speak, do they have to buy her and her family "PUBLIC APPEARANCE CLOTHING AN JEWELRY"?

    January 27, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. Richard I

    Woteva!

    January 27, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Ghost

    I think I just talked her up.

    This is actually good. This way, we can get a number on who many folk feed into this backwards way of thinking. I can only imagine the type of folk who will sign up. Problem is, most of her followers probably can't find the internet, let alone use it. She'd be better of advertising on the back of cases of Budweiser.

    January 27, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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