March 24th, 2009
03:17 PM ET
11 years ago

Democrats and GOP seek to cash in on Palin

Both parties are trying to use Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to fundraise.

Both parties are trying to use Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to fundraise.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Congressional Democrats and Republicans disagree on just about everything - except for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's fundraising potential.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee asked supporters Tuesday to make a donation to help stop the former vice presidential candidate and her fellow Republicans from blocking President Obama's policy goals.

"The Republicans have called on none other than Sarah Palin to headline their big fat-cat fundraising dinner," James Carville, a Democratic strategist, wrote in a Tuesday e-mail. "You know they're going to use every last dime they raise to try to slam the brakes on President Obama's change agenda."

Carville, a CNN contributor, is referring to the announcement by congressional Republicans that Palin would be headlining a major fundraising dinner in June. But it is not clear if Palin will attend the fundraiser, let alone headline it. A Palin spokesman said the governor did not know about the event, and it appears there was some confusion between her staff in Alaska and political aides in Washington.

While Palin has yet to make a decision on the dinner, an organizer of the fundraiser said that they are still "moving forward as planned."

What's clear is that Republican and Democratic political strategists believe that Palin can be an effective tool to raise money.

Filed under: DCCC • James Carville • Sarah Palin
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Shirley in California

    What's clear is that Republican and Democratic political strategists believe that Palin can be an effective tool to raise money.

    What's also clear is that Palin can be an effective FOOL to raise money also.

    March 24, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. chris

    And why wouldn't Palin be a perfect fundraiser for the democrats. She scares the bejeezes out of every free thinking, tolerant, and appathetic citizen in the U.S. Most Americans find it scary that she rejects funding for special needs children from the stimulus that Obama sent her. And independents and moderate republicans are still recovering from her SNL worthy gaffes.

    March 24, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Big surprise, she didn't know about something and there was confusion among her staffers. By the way, great picture CNN....

    March 24, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. carl

    good luck cashing in on that...all show, and in 2 years the gop will be caput, and splinter into 2 parties

    March 24, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Bayousara

    It is so sad that the health of our economy, the very existence of our country, is being jeopardized by



    Hard to believe, but some folks just don't care about America.

    March 24, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Sue

    An "effective tool?" If I were her, I'd stay home. It's clear they don't see her as a viable candidate for national office, just as a pretty face to raise funds to trash the country under Obama. Had she any brains, she would see it for what it is, and remain in Alaska, which reportedly has some major problems right now.

    March 24, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Jerry

    She is effective because she is right, and not afraid of the PC police.

    March 24, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. patNY

    If she was the 2012 GOP candidate, I would sell every last possession and donate all that money and any other money I earned to the democratic candidate, presumably Obama, to ensure her defeat! If elected, she'll use her power as POTUS to bring about the End of Days scenario her and her pentacostal and evangelical nut jobs want to ensure.

    March 24, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. Cindy

    I find it a little disturbing... that Sarah Palin is the best the Republicans got. Granted, she's a multi-tasker, too. She can juggle a learning disabled baby, a grand child, a governorship, a sports jock husband, and adoration from radio shock jocks... That's a lot on her plate. But it seems more like a trainwreck formula, not someone I'd like my children to emulate or admire.

    March 24, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. mypitts2

    Sarah Palin's definitely good for business. A gift to both parties.

    March 24, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Bill in California

    OH, OHH, somebody let out the GREEN EYED MONSTER again. Just mention Sarah Palin's name and wannabe women and Dimorats start spewing venom.

    March 24, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Rich

    I guess the Democrats see a threat in Palin. She has Democrats worried. Palin Derangement Syndrome.

    March 24, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Is it 2013 yet?

    Carville the snake oil LIAR and salesman that he is, wishes he has accomplished half of what Palin has in her life.

    A little scared there you slithering little phony?

    Obama NEVER ran a COMPANY, a CITY, a STATE or his own house for that matter and it is being proven everyday with every uh, uh, uh we hear.

    Any of you Obamabots paying attention to the CBO a bi-partisan group that is SCREAMING that Obama is going to bankrupt the Country for GENERATIONS?

    My bad, no disagreement is allowed with Heir Obama, but you were warned and I am for the first time in my adult life proud to be part of the 48 percent that "told you so".

    March 24, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. flybyshoeing

    New ethics charges were filed against Gov. Palin today in Alaska. That brings the total to 11. Dems afraid of Palin, I think not. Dems use Palin to their advantage, definetly.

    March 24, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. malclave

    Democrats are petrified of Palin, that's why they keep insulting her.

    Ethics charges? Who cares? For Palin to have "ethics charges" when Democrats like Dodd, Rangel, Frank, Murtha skate on by is ludicrous. Liberals have no concept of "ethics" and should stop pretending they do.

    March 24, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. ib

    People had better be more worried about Obama and Pelosi than Palin. Obama and company are taking this country to disaster with all these stupid spending and big goverment will end up telling us every move we can make.

    March 24, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Frank

    Another day, another article about Sarah Palin.

    Every day there is something about her in the Ticker.

    CNN, why do you insist on having something about her nearly every day?

    I do not understand why CNN feels the need to report about her so much, if at all.

    March 24, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. P. Y.

    Is this woman ever going to get it ? She is being used, used, used. That is all that her party ever did with her. If she cannot understand that, and is not tired of reading negative remarks about herself and her family, then I say , " go for broke Sarah ". She will never be accepted by the majority of people of the US. Hell, right now she can only hope that the people of Alaska continue to accept her.

    March 24, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Oh Boy!!!???

    I'm sure she could help raise money for Propane and Propane related accessories.

    Right, Hank?

    March 24, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. Donna

    I always wonder when someone says that Democrats (or anyone else) is "scared" or "jealous" of Palin. I am only "scared" of her in the sense that I view her as utterly incompetent, not very bright, overwhlemingly arrogant, and wholly lacking in intellectual curiosity. So I would be "scared" of anyone with those qualities being in a governing position. But "scared" in the sense that I think she's a viable candidate? Not in the least.

    As for "jealous," don't make me laugh. This is nobody to envy.

    March 24, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Wade

    Rush adores her.

    March 24, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Glennis

    It's all a ruse to draw attention away from their incompetent selves and their true agendas. Shine the spotlight on the opposition and hide your own sins in the dark.

    March 24, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Piper

    The Democrats keep cashing and cashing and cashing and cashing and cashing! THANKS SARAH!

    March 24, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. Nathan,

    As long as Palin is one of the faces of the GOP the Democrats are in good shape. Its scary how dumb her followers must be are if they think she is smarter then they are. By the way, I heard she was not going to take all the stimulas money. Someone should just tell her its for a bridge and she'll be right at the ATM making a billion dollar withdrawal.

    March 24, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. MARK

    When is this chick going to get it? Rush is using you honey.

    March 24, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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