February 2nd, 2010
11:49 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin hired former Gore speechwriter for big speech

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/30/art.palin.928.jpg caption="Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivered a humorous speech at the Gridiron Dinner last December."]Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin's political action committee doled out tens of thousands of dollars last year to Republican consulting firms and donations to GOP candidates, according to the PAC's end-of-year filing with the Federal Election Commission.

But Sarah PAC also paid one Democrat $14,000 for what the FEC report terms "Consulting, Communication, Speech."

That Democrat was Eric Schnure, a former speechwriter for Al Gore, who was hired by Palin to craft her humorous speech to the Gridiron Dinner in Washington last December.

Schnure, a speechwriting veteran who recently signed on with the communications consulting firm Dewey Square Group, calls himself a "proud Democrat." But Schnure said he had no problem helping a Republican – even one as polarizing as Palin – with a speech designed to make people laugh.

"I think humor is one of the last bastions of bipartisanship," Schnure told CNN. "She elicits strong opinions on both sides of the aisle, but I think most people in Washington are savvy about these things. And they understand these humor events have a special place."

Still, Schnure said he has received a fair amount of ribbing from fellow Democrats – including his wife – for lending a hand to Palin.

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  1. D.U.T.C.H.

    So what? Isn't that enough Palin for one day CNN?

    February 2, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. therealamerica

    Palin is a traitor...she fails the purity test...send her away!

    February 2, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Like my name says, the speeches are generic too.
    Same templates with different keyword plugged in.

    February 2, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Republicans is smart in the head area

    "Schnure later went on to say the most difficult part of writing her speech was spelling out all the big words phonetically – or "fo-NET-ickly".

    February 2, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. therealamerica

    What? She doesn't write her own speeches. Say it ain't so! Please don't tell me she actually reads it from a teleprompter, too. Oh no, my little right wing world is crashing down around me!

    February 2, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    I wouldn't throw her a lifejacket if she was drowning.
    Humor? The woman is the biggest joke since 2008. Quitter, we don't laugh with you. We laugh at you because you think you have it made but you are a stupid trailer trash hillbilly and are too dumb to know it.
    "Strong opinions"? Unless you are as dumb as she is most people I know, including a LOT of republicans, can't stand the sight of her or that shrill voice.
    CNN – is this the third story of this quitter? You almost made it one week without us finding out that she farts like everyone else.

    February 2, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Poor little Sarah,she hangs on her faux cross so well.she has become the mother of all garden tools.

    February 2, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Jon, Toronto

    Palin can hire the best speech-writers on the planet but it won't make any difference: she will never be able to put two understandable sentences together!

    February 2, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Obama mama

    CNN is covering Sarah Palin's speech writer instead of how Obama's budget is going to sink the country? Weak.

    February 2, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Sarah

    I don't care what you say, grew up with the word "Retarded" it simply means, someone that lacks intelligence if you like you can call it Mentally Challenged.....what ever Sarah Palin is both.......who cares what she thinks, until she says she is running in 2012 she needs to keep her thoughts to herself.....funny how the only place she can go to voice her opinion is FACEBOOK or FOX, she still can't face or talk to the main stream media........so so RETARDED.......

    February 2, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Margaret

    The Gridiron Dinner that this speech was written for has a tradition of "self-deprecatory humor. A sample:

    'the former Alaska Governor recounted being on a flight and reading a magazine with President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao on the cover. Another passenger said “Hu’s the Communist.” Palin said, “I thought he was asking a question."'

    February 2, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Kate

    Who cares who she hires for a speech writer? CNN, please let this woman fade away. She knows nothing, does nothing, left the governorship before her term end, and she only does things for MONEY!!!!

    February 2, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |

    Most of what she says is laughable, why would she need a comedy writer?

    February 2, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Jayden,FL

    Mr Schnure nice way to get put outta the bedroom lol

    February 2, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. avi shlomo

    politician these daya re jus dumb actors or retards iof that pisses Palin... if they can't write a speach why they should lead a country!!

    February 2, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Gil Oberdas

    She needs more than a speech writer to make sense out of the back woods comments and mind set she has. How can a governor that doesn't serve a full term and quits know what is best for Americaor Americans.?

    February 2, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Mr. Moderate

    Love it! Many on the right were in awe of what a great job she did at the Gridiron dinner and it turns out the speech was written by a Democrat! LOL

    February 2, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Laurie

    Did Palin eat lunch, workout, go to the bathroom? What other breaking news about Sarah Palin do we have to endure today. Please knock it off. I don't care who writes her speeches. This fascination that CNN has with this bimbo is bordering on obsession today. Playing right into that idiot's game. Congrats.

    February 2, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Chuck Anaheim,Ca

    What's wrong sarah? Don't coloring books have enough contet to write a speach with?

    February 2, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Debbie

    I'd say I'm shocked but I'm not. Palin is a loser with zero leadership and obviously lacks basic intelligence. Heck, $14,000K for a speech...I'd take it. Wouldn't matter to me if she could deliver it well or not, the money would still be in my pocket.

    February 2, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Bill

    Im sure Sarah will excite the Tea-Baggers regardless of what she says.....

    February 2, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Allison29

    FACT: If you want things done correctly, you'd better have a Democrat on your side.

    February 2, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. p

    I for one am facinated by the former republican VP nominee, which is also, according to long standing tradition, is the defacto leader of her Party. Thanks CNN, please do tell, what did Palion have for lunch today.

    February 2, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Squigman

    The only people who suck more than Palin, are the ones who believe in her.

    February 2, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. Sooze

    She abandoned the people of Alaska, due to ethics violations. Enough said. Stay home and take care of your family.
    She dosen't need a speach writer she needs a Brain. This guy isn't the wizard of oz. a good speach isn't going to fix an idiot. Just watch the Katie Couric interview. She can't read or doesn't so know how. How is she going to read a speach someone wrote for her.
    What are her goals anyway? the old white Republican men like her gee I wonder why? To bad the presidenatail contest didn't include a beauty contest. that's the only chance she would have.

    February 2, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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