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. George

    I suppose she. was tying. like the mighty Alaskan wolf that roams free before being shop from the. air to place periods. sentences. buy my book . in places that are proper......wink .....and write complete ones

    February 2, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. Tammy

    It's not Gore's fault that someone who worked for him now lets himself be hired by someone else. That's business, making a living. I'm interested in WHO will provide the talking points that he will make into a speech.

    February 2, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. Hussien

    Obama cannot utter a word without his teleprompter, have to spend top tax dollar to his speech writers. Who are you calling dumb?
    I know each one who call Sarah names are democratic operatives who get paid to write garbage… why do you feel the need the spread your hatred, why tremble ?
    Not to mention some here have drank too much coolaid to think you can get health care paid and collect a government check … as long as a single tea partier is around in this Country… keep dreaming !

    February 2, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. ProudLib

    Even conservatives - at least the intellectually honest ones - are seeing the end of the political Palin and the beginnings of the entertainment Palin, cashing in as a commentator/demagogue while her 15 minutes lasts. She's about as sharp as a bowling ball, but is still smart enough to know she doesn't have a prayer of landing any kind of support beyond the white male rednecks that make up the core of the Teabaggers. So why not grab her piece of the Beck/Coulter/Limbaugh/Ingraham pie - easier than having to answer all those big hard questions about the newspapers she reads and her favorite founding father and pays better too!

    February 2, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  5. Carmelle

    Dems are the smart and educated ones in this country...so when you need something well-done you call a democrat.....even Sarah had to.

    Good for you Sarah...[sarcasm]

    February 2, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. Runofthemill

    Who is the librarian and why is she in the news?

    February 2, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. m smith

    probably the only speak that you could understand that is if she read it correctly. Must be nice to have 14,000.00 dollars to spend on a speach. Why didn't she donate it to the tea party ???

    February 2, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  8. Vic of New York

    So what was this Air-Head's comments about President Obama, that he doesn't write his own speeches?

    Right now – today – their is a massive Right Wing conspiracy playing out in which people like Frank Luntz, Bill Alyes and others are atempting to subvert our nation in order to set up a Totalitarian Rightist / Christian government! Just take a look at the Supreme Court decision – led by Bushe's Right Wing "Justices" to over turn 100 years of law to allow corporations the same rights as citizens!

    It's time for Americans who love their country and our constitution to rise against the tyrany and treason right wing conservatives are attempting.

    These Republicans are Racists, Greedy, Intolerant, and subversive. and it's time to rise up against them. Like the serpent in the Garden of Eden, Fox News enjoys temping the unwary with the "Apple of Wisdom". In fact Fox is leading these people to hell. It's time to take these people to the shed loyal Americans!

    February 2, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. foozwald

    She didn't need to hire anyone. Everything Sarah Palin says to be humorous.

    February 2, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. Big John

    It doesn't matter who wrote her speech, she's still dumber than a box of rocks and she's still Sarah the quitter. No amount of speeches will ever change that.

    February 2, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  11. joel palmer

    Mrs Palin is funny in a bizarre way without a ghostwriter. She could have saved $14K, and still had them rolling in the aisles, by reading the gop platform (or the purity pledge).

    February 2, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. joel palmer

    Please let this nitwit be the gop standard bearer in 2012 oh please

    February 2, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. Reese

    This article is more proof that they are all just actors on stage,(Dems and Rep). Our government bipartisian(sp) battle is just a cover. They all work together behind closed doors. We are just too blind to see it. There is something bigger than what we think is going on. The feud is a cover to keep us divided. Think about it, Religion, Politics, Race are the biggest things that divide us. Two out of the three can be easily manipulated to control the masses(us). So if you want a diversion, say or do something with Religion or Politics and bam, mission accomplished.

    February 2, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. notruth

    I'm not a big Palin fan but I really love how much she gets under the progressives skin. Hate isn't even a strong enough word. And all directed at a decent woman who has led a relatively clean life. I'm sure many of these haters voted for John Edwards too.

    February 2, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  15. Thomas

    You have to understand , she can't write , much less think !
    All about the CASH $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    February 2, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  16. Peter s

    Really do lady Sarah have communications degree or lying degree?

    February 2, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    I guess that proves that Republicans don't have a sense of humor that they had to hire a Democrat to write her Gridiron speech! 🙂

    February 2, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  18. Surry

    Another hard-hitting bit of news from CNN.

    February 2, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. diamond

    Money down the drain because she wasn't a good speaker before she came on to this political stage and after 12 months she still isn't a good speaker. When you get "Joe Biden" mixed up with "Joe O'Biden" there isn't much that can be done, she is just like a broken record that someone thinks they can fix with scotch tape.

    February 2, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    As a side note, I'm curious how CNN indexes this particular photo of Palin.

    They have a couple stock shots of her; CNN seems to chose this one when they want to make her look "thoughtful" ... she just seems to be staring blankly into the distance to me ...

    February 2, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  21. Rich

    By the way, ever heard Obama speak when the teleprompter fails? LOL!

    February 2, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  22. gary davis harbor oregon

    Palin needs more than a speech writer . she needs a brain the only thing she can do is crap in her pants it comes natural . someone please give her a sucker and put her back under the ice block she crawled out from under .. along with Cheney rove and the rest of the whitie racist purist republicans .. there group is actually very small they just have some control of the media because it sells comercials . for the networks . hence there becomes the problem ..it starts with the networks CEO'S we should turn of the media ,until they get back to reporting real news and not trash like PALIN TRASH carpet bagging butt wipe 🙂

    February 2, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. lily

    She can read but can you!

    February 2, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. Greg

    Why does CNN.Com consider this news...so what!?

    February 2, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. JD

    Yeah? So?

    I've long since lost count of how many Democrats use Republican speechwriters.

    February 2, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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