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. VPDesign

    You gotta be kidding me..."she’s getting so many speaking requests still"?? What for stand up comedy routines?? Please, Louise! I am a female registered republican (moderate) and was so appalled by her lack of education and ability to communicate in complete sentences that I voted Obama.

    January 27, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. JRS

    Please go away you ignorant never was and never will be.

    January 27, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. mark

    Sarah Palin stands for everything which lost the GOP the election ....

    January 27, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. No Hillary = No Obama

    What is it about politics? Once these people get a taste of the limelight they can't seem to turn off the lights. They are all the same.

    January 27, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. DJ in TX

    So, one of the negatives against Obama was that he spent his Senate time campaigning. So, if the governor is out all the time speaking, when is she actually "working". If she's already starting to campaign for either a 2010 congressional run or 2012 presidential run, when is she going to govern her state?

    I still say she needs a lot more foreign policy knowledge.

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

    Why won't she go away?!?!?! She is like a washed up actor.

    January 27, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. 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 keeps putting her feet in ,she is the reason i turned from an independent to a demo.

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

    she's crazy!!!!!!!!

    January 27, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. jomo

    Kinda like putting bad milk back into the 'fridge to see if it will be better tomorrow. Geez Sara, you had your 15 minutes, let it go.

    January 27, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Anonymous canadian

    I can't believe that this woman, completely disconnected from the rest of the world is serious about running for the presidency in 2012. I just can't believe it!! In fact, she doesn't know much about Canada and we are neighbours. Can you believe it?

    January 27, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. carolflowery

    well, it is a free country isnt it, cant she launch a site....or is just too much for you the bare

    January 27, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Dixie

    This woman's life shoud be Busy enough just dealing with Alaska and her notorious family,,,, however she appears to think she is wise enough to lead our country someday! America, what do you think? I say, no way, no thanks and absolutely No Palin!!

    January 27, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. bob in LA

    the sooner she flames, the sooner she'll crash- keep pushing Palin

    January 27, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Zach K

    My feelings are mixed. Its always inevitable that the losing vice presidential canidate from the past general election, will be running for president.

    But hey, let her run, it will be a landslide for Obama if she wins the nomination. 🙂

    January 27, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Doug - Dallas

    She is like a bad dream, keeps coming back. I guess she doesn't realize what a "joke" she was during the campaign and how the majority of Americans just wish she would go away for good.

    January 27, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Ian

    Seriously, she just needs to go away.

    January 27, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    She must be a distant cousin of Blago – neither will just go away even though all but the most insane Americans wish they would.

    January 27, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. EBC

    Good GOD almighty, this just goes to prove that Sarah Palin is either in denial or just tone deaf on all levels. The fact that the POLLS clearly indicated that Americans which included Republicans DO NOT deem her competent as a Vice President, President or even as Governor!!!!

    How many whoopings do you need for the REALITY to sink in?

    I'm not sure whose advising Caribou Barbie, but she better get every penny back because these folks are just getting rich off of her while selling her "up river without a paddle"!!!!


    January 27, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. christo

    go away sarah go away go away
    stay home in alaska

    January 27, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. jeffd

    This is a frigging horror movie. Like Halloween XXX, with Sarah replacing Jason. Can't we get rid of this ill-informed bimbo?

    January 27, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Reggie

    Reminds me of a really bad, old horror movie:

    "The Creature That Refused To Die........"

    January 27, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. Brian S.

    Good God not again. Hey Sarah, a word of advice: if you're the primary reason your ticket LOST the presidential bid, maybe you are perhaps, I don't know, unqualified to be president?

    January 27, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Erika

    Sarah, do the country a favor and just GO AWAY.

    January 27, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Jon S.

    Anything to keep herself in the news.

    This woman's egomania has no bounds.

    January 27, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Asghar

    Republicans are doomed unless somebody with brain comes along. They are reduced to a bunch of ignorant bigots war lovers with no real energy no brain no theory no diplomacy no vision. All is left is loud mouths and populism.

    January 27, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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