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. tishoogle

    Go away Palin!!!!!

    January 27, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. AbetterUSA

    She is laying the ground work for 2012 with this one!!! What I don't understand is exactly what is the republican's message? What are their beliefs and how/why are they the best way for America? It seems that republican principles are not inclusive to the make-up of the good ole U.S. of A. I am not being sarcastic with this list, but he is my list of what I percieve to be republican principles: lower taxes, tax breaks for corporations, politically religious =)) minorities don't matter because they have no clout, a big bag of symantic tricks, play the game to win no matter who or what is hurt during the game. The republicans I've listened to always have the best stock of labels to use to describe a situation: liberal media, goddless left, anti-American, marxist, socialist, empty suit, etc.... If you are recruiting please give me something more to work with please.

    January 27, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. California

    That's awsome. I share a lot of your views Sarah. It's going to be great to hear from you. Traditional conservative values need to stay in play.

    January 27, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. frank chase

    NO! NO! Palin please don't come back. Your are out of touch with America and certainly minority communities.

    January 27, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. New York

    Go away Sarah!

    January 27, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. jaclynne

    You have got to be kidding – when will this woman STOP!

    January 27, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. chuck


    January 27, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |

    oh my goodness! does she go away, and I think this just puts the lid on everything, YES SHE IS RUNNING IN 2012. I guess we have to see her again. And DONT YOU CURIOUS PEOPLE GO AND LONG ON TO THAT STUPID WEBSITE!

    January 27, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Please

    Please, please, please run again Sarah Palin. That will ensure the Democrats stay in power for a very long time.

    Hopefully in the interim she is studying up on things like North American geography. She looked so stupid during the campaign by not being able to answer very, very basic questions about NAFTA.

    Oh, and Africa is NOT a country!!!

    January 27, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Lesley

    Oh sure, travel using PAC money. I wonder how many people will actually contribute. I must say that she is certainly persistent.

    January 27, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Jim D, IL

    Great! More entertainment from the idiot Governor. SNL will be in business for years to come!

    January 27, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Unshrub

    Gov. Palin's ideas about politics is to bad mouth the Democrats and blame the press for all of her mistakes. Come to think about it, she may be a mainstream republican.

    January 27, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. nellpost

    I feel certain there will be many hateful people involved with her efforts. "palling around with terrorists type accusers" , etc. Nasty folks out there!

    January 27, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. Chris

    Will she just fade away like the rest of them? No one cares what this podunk lady has to say..she is too stupid!

    January 27, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Just Honest

    Not to be rude. I understand what she is trying to do. But to be honest, I don't consider her to be in what i would call a smarter caliber of individual. It is only based upon the things i hear here say. While we all should aspire for greatness, i do think that our minds are made for specific task. Some people have Mcdonald's minds while others have Harvard teaching minds. If Governor Palin ever were to win the president(anything is possible in America) I am buying my family tickets to Bora Bora and see if we can get jobs out there. Plainly put, if I feel like I most likely could answer questions better than the potential president, I don't think that I could vote for them or trust that they see best interest for the country! Oh well that is just me.

    January 27, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. sherry for Obama

    Shes like a rash that wont go away.

    Sarah you dont have the smarts to be President

    Just stay up there in Alaska......you dont fit in down here.

    January 27, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. tabitha from chicago

    Is she for real?

    January 27, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Eric in St. Paul, MN

    Way to go Sarah – keep a high profile and be the face of the GOP for years to come. That will ensure it continues to become marginalized and will be solidified as the minority part for decades to come!

    January 27, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. ashlee

    Doesn't this woman have work to do in Alaska?
    Please stay out of the news and the lower 48!

    January 27, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. Cheryl from MN

    I hope women don't forget that if this Palin runs in 2012, it will mean a GIANT step backwards for women. And everyone must remember how she caused great divide among Americans, stirred up alot of hatred and racism!

    January 27, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Bryan

    If the Republicans are looking to Sarah Palin then their party truly is lost. Sure she "energized" the base but beyond that there are still not the best choice. You have to get past the glitz and glamour and pretty face because that doesn't translate into good political prowess. And all that "but she as a governor so she's qualified" talk is just bunk. The last president was a former governor too and look how that worked out. Republicans should pick someone educated in law and with a higher political IQ if they want their party taken seriously by the majority of Americans.

    January 27, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. maria

    good luck in getting a lot of positive feedback! she will soooo not be our next president come 2012.
    i think palin needs to dedicate herself in getting a better, well-rounded education!

    January 27, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. Sadie

    So...does that mean all her speaking fees go into SarahPac as well? Sounds like a loop-hole to me.

    Really - wishing she would just crawl back to her day job. Speaking of which - if she traveling a speaking - who is running Alaska?

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

    Oh great... as if we don't have enough problems. She wants to start a political group that shares her brilliant insights... we ARE doomed.

    January 27, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Jim, Burlington NC

    Please Sarah keep in front of the camera and keep talking giberish!!

    You are swinging more and more votes to the Demorats every day.

    I can't believe she's still in the news – does she not see what a joke she is?

    Who are these morons that are hiring her for speaking engagements?

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