July 13th, 2009
07:08 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin PAC raises $730K in six months

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/13/art.palin.gi.jpg caption="Sarah Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, has raised close to $730,000 since the beginning of 2009."](CNN) - Just over a week after announcing her intention to resign as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin's political action committee reports raising close to $730,000 in the first six months of the year.

According to a report filed with the Federal Elections Commission Monday, SarahPAC raked in $732,867 from the beginning of the year through June 30. The former GOP vice presidential candidate's PAC further reported more than $450,000 cash on hand with no debts owed.

The FEC report shows the majority of contributions, $420,000, has come from donations of under $200. By law, the PAC does not have to identify those contributors. More than 700 individuals meanwhile gave over $200 to the committee.

But Palin, who has pledged to spend her days out of the governor's office supporting conservative candidates, has yet to dig deep into the coffers for many candidates.

According to the report, the PAC has only made two political contributions this year: $5,000 to John McCain's Senate reelection bid and $5,000 to Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's effort.

Palin's largest expenditure, just over $100,000, was to Virginia fundraising firm Edonation.com.

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soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Where are the designer clothes she promised to donate to charity??

    July 13, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. paul

    Hey..... Ain't life strange isn't it amazing that the same kind of thing happened as Obama sat in a church for how many years listening to the hate and madness being spewed without saying anything..... watch out how you couch your arguments and ask your questions. It might make your sound like a ....... well you know.

    July 13, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. AJ

    Just more proof that ALL Republicans are dumber than a box of rocks!!!

    July 13, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Sandy Eggo

    ....a fool and his money are soon parted.

    July 13, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Richard L

    $730,000 for the quitter who showed no respect for the respect shown her by Barack Obama.

    It's no wonder the Republicans still have John Ensign, David Vitters, and Mark Sanford still in office.

    July 13, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Just say NO to Palin

    Looks like Levi Johnson was correct when he said Palin talked about all the big money she could make when she was no longer Gov.

    July 13, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Robert

    Let's see, The Quitter raised $730,000, gave $100,000 to a consultant and just $10,000 to actual candidates (including a measly $5,000 to the man who made her a household name - unfortunately). That leaves $620,000 for what? More designer clothes for Palin and her family?

    Just politics as usual.

    July 13, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Independent Again

    Soooo where do I donate!!!
    Help us kick them all out of office!!!
    Go Sarah 2012!!!
    U go girl!!!

    July 13, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Mike

    Ahh, Sarah Palin. If the media were at war with you like the Republicans claim, then why was the McCain campaign ALSO at war with you? You reap what you sow Sarah, so enjoy your cash. To earn more you'll have to sell your soul to reality TV.

    July 13, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. dominican mama 4 Obama

    To Expat American:

    Hear! Hear! Well said, and definitely worth repeating!

    July 13, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Mojo

    "Hoping for an intelligent female GOP candidate"

    Senators to Governor's fundraising and cash on hand, that's not exactly an apples to apples comparison. Plus, the Senators are running for (re)-election, whereas Sarah is not.

    July 13, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. NK

    She just lost a vote from her own pending son in-law

    July 13, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. democratallmylife

    The more you guys knock Palin the stronger she becomes. I even like Palin more now than I did and this is in large part due to the negative and unfair attacks by some people who claim they belong to the same party as I. I will take Palin at her word. She has not proven to anyone that she is not honest, so the speculation whirling around her is unfair. We democrats need to be careful. You may push on someone who will push back. Let Sarah Palin do whatever Sarah Palin wants and we should concentrate on supporting our current President and helping our country out of this mess.

    July 13, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    $730K in 6 months is chump change. She better hurry up an write her book if she wants to see the big bucks roll in as Levi suggested.

    July 13, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. destined

    I am very proud to say that I'm one of those 700 who desperately believe that Sarah has the courage, tenacity and decency to run a principled, strong presidential run for 2012 if she so chooses. She is one of the few people who are willing to hold Obama accountable for his past, present and future goals for America. She is in direct opposition to his economic and energy plans i.e. cap and trade, etc. The worst bill for our businesses and taxes. 2004 "The cost of energy will skyrocket" (President Obama unfettered) What was and is he thinking? Talk about bizzare and erratic!!

    July 13, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Steve from NY

    Just like I said before that CNN never posted my comment, the more CNN brings her up the more the liberals are squirming. They don't like her. The more they hate her the more money she makes trough donations. What the liberals should do is to atack the media/CNN for bringing her name up constantly. I'm an independent and I love it. She's laughing all the way to the bank and the liberals can't sleep at night over this. Keep up the good work CNN. .

    July 13, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. doug

    I believe you under estimate the Palin effect. Most average americans above all believe in fairness and justice.When CNN runs front page stories with the 19 year old as a source we should all listen to or even care about what he has to say its very sad for journalism.The constant attacks on this women has given her the support of (average americans ) for they see that a clear injustice is being done.They will correct it at the voting both if this continues..

    July 13, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Veronica

    Can someone stop Palin's new age doomsday message ? !

    July 13, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. KMAN

    Just goes to show that there a lot stupid republicans out there with money too waste!

    July 13, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. a Republican

    How can you present yourself as a viable candidate for any office in the United States of America when your husband is a member of a group that espouses that ALASKA SECEDE from the U. S. I believe you yourself said you read the John Birch newspapers. Can anything be more traitorous to the people of this country ?

    July 13, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Jim

    Peggy Noonan, thoughtful Republican and conservartive, in an outstanding article had it right. Sarah Palin like George Bush is a sower of discord....Thoughtful , one might add intelligent types, like the late William Buckley , can see that Sarah is intellectually thin...she may sell but she is not presidental material never will be!!!

    July 13, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Moderate Democrat

    Uhmmm.....next thing you'll have to do...is get smart people to vote for you. As it stands, you are shy by about 30% of what you would need to get in office.

    If Palin were elected, we would officially have the stupidist leader in all of history. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm all for being first in things, and I'm all for equal opportunity. But it shouldn't apply to stupid people, such as "Five years to get a journalism degree so that she can come off as a joke when communicating" Palin

    July 13, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Jim

    Talk about throwing your money away!

    July 13, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Dean

    I sure hope the IRS takes note of this

    July 13, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Who Cares

    She's so slimy that I'm surprised she can stand upright.

    July 13, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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