July 12th, 2010
08:48 AM ET
11 years ago

Palin's PAC reports best fundraising quarter to date

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Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin's political action committee raised more than $865,000 over the last three months, according to a newly filed report with the Federal Election Commission – the former Alaska governor's biggest quarterly take since SarahPAC was launched in early 2009.

But the PAC's fundraising so far this year has been roughly on pace with its 2009 efforts. Palin raised more than $1.2 million since the beginning of this year, about $200,000 less than she raised in the second half of 2009.

She finished the quarter with roughly $1 million in the bank.

Palin's big haul between April and June – and the $742,000 spent by the PAC in the same period – reflects her stepped up political activity in recent months. As November's midterm election near, Palin's team spent more than $17,000 on charter jet travel to campaign for candidates and deliver speeches nationwide.

The committee's largest expenditure of the second quarter was the PAC's first direct mail fundraising effort, which cost more than $150,000 but has netted more than $600,000 so far, according to committee treasurer Tim Crawford. Palin has mostly relied on internet fundraising since launching the Virginia-based PAC in January 2009.

The PAC continued to pay a small clutch of consultants, including several who worked closely with Palin during her vice presidential campaign, for domestic and foreign policy advice, political consulting, logistics and speechwriting.

Befitting the PAC's mission to help conservative-minded candidates this fall, Palin doled out almost $90,000 to Republican candidates, including a handful in the key presidential nominating states of Iowa and South Carolina. Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, for instance, received $5,000 from Palin.

Palin gave $5,000 to Joe Miller, a Tea Party-backed challenger to Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski - but she also contributed to Virginia House candidate Robert Hurt, who drew several Tea Party opponents in his Republican primary earlier this year.

Though Palin's endorsement of South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley is credited with helping Haley secure the GOP nomination, SarahPAC did not contribute to Haley's campaign, according to the FEC filings. Meanwhile, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a potential 2012 rival of Palin's, steered $42,000 to the Haley campaign.

Romney's Free and Strong America, which submits its financial numbers monthly, has not filed its June report but raised more than $1 million during the months of April and May taken together.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has not posted his second quarter numbers, but a spokesman said his Freedom First PAC will report raising $700,000 in the last three months.

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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. K in Miami

    I pray for the day the American people don't have to hear anything about this dispicable person we've come to know as Sarah Palin.

    It's a shame that some Americans follow people that specialize in tearing people apart, being a extremely Divisive and un-intelligent person.....John McCain will forever be on the wrong side of history as it relates to this rabble rousing troublemaker, she's basically a female Rush Limbaugh, dispicable and disgusting......!

    July 12, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Laurie

    Sarah and money, the eternal love affair. I wonder who in the world is donating to this nonsense. It is absolutely frightening that people are truly believing in the lie and still more chilling that they are actually donating to the cause, whatever the cause is?????

    July 12, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Steve

    I don't understand how we can be in such a bad place economically in this country, yet both sides spend millions of dollars to win elections? It seems the upper echelon of our society isn't hurting near as bad as the rest of us. Must be nice to run in America's power circles.

    July 12, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. Arthur

    God help us.

    July 12, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    The numbers aren't really staggering, but the people who would even consider donating a penny to her shows a staggering amount of ignorance among our masses. Why are Americans so damn stupid? Sickening how anyone with a functioning brain-cell can find any value in what this sub-human has to screech.

    July 12, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. Allen

    Who is Sarah Palin?

    July 12, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. FM

    She has made a very sounding fortune for her own compared to that raised to the PAC which helps other people. I do wonder to those who support her. Can't they realise that she is more smarter than they are!

    July 12, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. larry

    It must be nice to be rich and stupid and not have to pay much in tax so you can throw your money down the Palin toilet.

    July 12, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. Gale

    I believe the reason soooo many democrats hate Sarah is because she is dangerous to them. She brings in a lot of money, she is not nearly as dumb as they claim, and she has a huge following. Go Sarah!

    July 12, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. cjr

    she's running a scam! any idiot who sends her $ needs to reexamine their life!

    July 12, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. Keith in Austin

    America is speaking with their pocket books! This news will rustle some liberal Democrat feathers for sure!

    July 12, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Geoz

    This tells you that the economy is doing fine. This is the mother of all disposable income measures.

    July 12, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Rod from Indy

    Just proves the adage that there are a ton of idiots out there.

    July 12, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. Obama lover

    Freak shows are money makers.

    July 12, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. Jilli

    She can raise money, but her unfavorables and lack of intellect will restrict her to being just an ignorant mouthpiece for the dupes that thinks her shallow gruel word soup actually qualifies as policy direction and understanding. She's nothing but a beauty queen, and she should be taken with the level of seriousness we'd assign to miss america on issues of serious discussion. None whatsoever.

    July 12, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Another Palin story by CNN designed to inflame the dope smoking liberal base in to unparalelled stupid responses. It gives them something to do now that Oprah is in reruns rather than going out and try to get a job and pay taxes. What would be really interesting is if CNN ran the story about the DOJ not prosecuting the Black Panthers for voter intimidation or perhaps answer the question of why the DOJ is not suing "sanctuary cities" using the same argument as they are in the Arizona lawsuit. Reminds me of the Nixon DOJ. Scandal ridden and the Attorney General ended up indicted, but we have known that the Obozo admin is corrupt, inept and union controlled since the start. Nixon didn't show the corruption until his second term.

    July 12, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Larry D FL

    What do they say about fools and their money?

    July 12, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    It's fine that Sara Palin is gathering funds for other peoples nominations but as far as her running for office in 2012 and the republican party to back her would put a sour taste in the peoples mouth and push most voters to an independent stance .

    July 12, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. TnGal

    Who even want to contrubute to this airhead!!! Another delusional
    airheads!! She is so unintelligent, stupid, seriously how can
    anyone with even half a brain can think this woman is smart/face of GOP.... well actually she is perfect of GOP that just shows what kinda idiots they are...ALL OF THEM!! and WOW how generous donations to her peeps?!? over half million in and 5K out to show support, ONLY thing she supports is her own behind, so typical Republican!

    July 12, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. JHA in Texas

    How about a few random FACT CHECKS by CNN crack independent staff on actual dollar spent and verify they did not trinkle back into newly set-up companys owned by Palin or one of her assoicates?

    Also name of political consultant / speechwriter and dollar amount they were paid to "write" CHEAT SHEET notes on her hand???

    July 12, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  21. Lynn

    Show me the money Palin. It's scarier that so many people will pay to see a woman with so little going for her except she knows how to strut her "stuff".

    July 12, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. Ryan

    So, all this means is the same idiots who donated all their money to Jim Baker and the Snuggie are throwing more away on this idiot.

    July 12, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. Randall in Torrance, CA - Raising money for the severely disabled brain dead ex-governors

    You can donate a trillion dollars to Palin's coffers but you can't educate her without a stack of 3 X 5 cards. She is the poster child of the most unqualified persons for in the history of mankind.

    July 12, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. Dr. John

    It's gotten to where I'm so baffled over the lemmings that follow this idiot that I finally had to comment. It really is incredible that with all the good things people could be doing with that money, they are willing to give it to this rather brainless ranting hysteric who speaks in tongue.

    July 12, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. Rob

    Just goes to show how many stupid people there are in this country. Fools.

    July 12, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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