August 28th, 2009
02:40 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin's PAC forced to correct FEC filing

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Palin's PAC is correcting a number of FEC errors."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sarah Palin's political action committee violated federal election laws with two donations earlier this year and filed a mid-year report with a number of errors in it, according to the Federal Election Commission.

In a five-page letter to SarahPAC treasurer Tim Crawford, the FEC highlights a number of issues with the filed report, including donating more than is allowed to the reelection campaigns of Sens. John McCain and Lisa Murkowski, as well as not providing proper descriptions on how some of the PAC's money was spent.

Contacted by CNN, Crawford said the committee was currently revising the report to fix the errors and said these types of mistakes are not uncommon with FEC filings.

"A million of these [correction letters] go out every month," Crawford said. "They send out a lot of them.

A spokesman for the FEC said its standard practice for all reports to be reviewed, but would not estimate how many PAC's usually have to file corrections.

Specifically, the FEC notes SarahPAC gave $5,000 to McCain and Murkowski's primary campaigns - $2,600 more than is allowed for a PAC of SarahPAC's designation to give to a primary effort. SarahPAC also designated the donation for the senators' 2009 primary when in fact the primaries are in 2010.

To fix the error, Crawford said the PAC will allocate $2,400 to the senators' primary campaigns and $2,400 to the general election effort as is allowed under election laws. The PAC has also obtained a $200 refund from both campaigns to make up the difference.

"We essentially gave $200 too much," Crawford said. "We have since redesignated with both committees."

Crawford attributed some of the mistakes to being a new PAC and also noted FEC software that was supposed to flag mistakes when reports are initially submitted showed no errors with their filing.

"We filed what we thought was perfectly right," Crawford said. "If there is a violation, the FEC won't accept the report, but ours was accepted with no warnings or violations."

SarahPAC has until September 24 to file an amended report.

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soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Palin The Liar

    Wow I see the right-wing Taliban is out in full force using their political terrorism to try and intimidate people. Don't these extremists realize they have NO power whatsoever?! There's NOTHING they can do to stop Obama from fixing Bush's horrible mess. Hahahahaha!

    August 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. 60's survivor

    don't really care about this...but keep this woman in the back ground...not ready for prime time

    August 28, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Talk about watering the tree of liberty.

    August 28, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Stu-Florida

    Well it's been about a year since her last new wardrobe. She probably needed a new one... on the fools that donated to the "SarahPAC".

    August 28, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. vic nashville , Tn

    Pailn we love you so much

    You are a good example why we should not trust republicans

    Pailn 2012

    August 28, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Peggy

    An honest mistake...........Sarah Palin, we love you and what you stand for here in Oklahoma. We just wish a lot more of our Republicans in office would get a backbone and speak out more boldly against the tyranny that is being perpetrated by the extremists in the Whitehouse and the shadow government that Obama has allowed to take over the "job" he is supposed to be doing.

    August 28, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. bella

    Speaking of "Corruption"!! I can only imagine this woman getting into "Washington Politics", and ending up as a Senator, or God, forbid, a Vice President, or President of our great nation! And I don't think these "errors" that are made are anything but "deception". She truly is a CON!!!! WE DO NOT NEED HER IN WASHINGTON!!!

    August 28, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. NJFinest2009

    why is this news?

    August 28, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Jim

    How could FOX report this as they are too busy spreading false info about Obama and any other Dem they can including Kennedy. FOX is owned by a guy that owns lots of tabloids in the UK and US. Enough said fill in the blanks for yourself.

    August 28, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. JP

    CNN is not stupid. They put Palin on their site on a daily basis because they know that is what attracts the liberals and their hate on this forum. Its like the old saying "sex sells" but for CNN, its "Palin sells" Its like all the liberals who call in to the Sean Hannity radio show. They just can't resist. Call it the liberal twilight zone.

    August 28, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Susan

    You can't understand simple campaign donation rules and have the guts to comment on the healthcare bill.

    Now, I am 100% sure that Palin DID NOT read the healthcare bill but heard its summary from her friend, Glenn Beck.

    I am glad to be out of Republican party.

    August 28, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. FJ Morris

    I didn't vote for the m/p ticket and don't care to hear any more of the minor things that happen to, for or about sp. Come on CNN. There's real news to be covered in the world.

    August 28, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. nobama

    Not one single Obamot here has stated on single problem with Palin. You just call her names and vomit Obamit bile.

    August 28, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Virginia Mom

    CNN seems to have a bizarre fascination with this woman. Don't understand how this is news.

    August 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. big deal

    smart of you guys to put palin stories on here, coz the kennedy stuff is tanking your ratings... dummies...

    does not reality tell you anything..

    August 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. KMAN

    It just goes to show that pretty much everything this woman does or has done on her behalf by staffers results in mistakes and shows a low degree of success ... hmmm, just what does that tell all her ardent , ignorant and hate-filled supporters??

    August 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Minnesotan

    Palin keeps getting nailed for fraud, lying, cheating, stealing and other nefarious activities. Love it!

    August 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Jane H

    I am sick of tired of CNN posting PALIN on ticker and then people jumping on it to bash her. I dont think Palin has any future on a major party ticket but CNN is equally exploiting the situation and raising people's emotions to a red alert level. I guess it provides marketable news for CNN's ratings. People should just ignore and stop this cycle.

    August 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. New Age Democrat

    So much extreme left hate... It's sad and pathetic.

    August 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. DT

    Why are they still covering this woman?

    August 28, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. TCM

    ha! Once again, CNN doing anything possible to steer attention away from the Obama administration's incompetence....

    August 28, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. grammi

    She can't keep her house clean, her PAC committee clean. So who in the world would ever vote her into an office again. Wake up Alaska and America. Palin go away....

    August 28, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Proud Member..Party of No

    Oh, she made a $200.00 mistake.....ok, whatever. Hey how about a story on the $2,000,000,000,000.00 mistake that Obama, aka The Worst President Ever just made on his deficit estimate?

    August 28, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. Mike

    She is irrelevant!! She will NEVER win!!!!

    August 28, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. Diane P

    what is CNN's fascination with Sarah Palin, there's another story everyday, who really cares about her & what she's doing. please leave these stories for FOX, reasonable people aren't inclined to keep up with her comings & goings!

    August 28, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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