In all, Sarah PAC spent a total $1.2 million.
By KENNETH P. VOGEL
Sarah Palin’s political action committee raised $756,000 in the second half of last year – a steep drop off from the first half, when she as flirting with a presidential bid.
Palin’s relatively meager second half haul came despite heavy spending on fundraising and a bus tour that fanned speculation she might seek the GOP presidential nomination
In all, Sarah PAC spent a total $1.2 million, leaving it with about $1 million in the bank, according to a report filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission.
Much of the spending went towards a robust direct mail program that cost about $275,000 and was supplemented by an Internet fundraising operation that cost at least $51,000. The bus tour, which took Palin through early primary states including Iowa and New Hampshire, cost at least $79,000, including hotel stays, driver fees and gas.
Palin announced that she was not going to run in early October and, for a while at least, she receded from the political spotlight. She’s recently come to Newt Gingrich’s defense, and her PAC’s report shows that it still maintains a political operation that could allow her to be a force in the presidential or congressional races.
Sarah PAC spent about $400,000 on the consultants who form the core of her small, but devoted staff. New addition Peter Schweizer, who was hired as a foreign policy advisor to replace John McCain holdover Randy Scheunemann, was paid $60,000 in the second six months of the year. Other core Palin staffers include chief of staff Michael Glassner (who was paid $62,000), speechwriter and Palin Internet defender Rebecca Mansour ($48,000), fundraising consultant Tim Crawford ( $93,000), researcher Andrew Davis ($45,000), and conservative coalitions liaison Pam Pryor ($36,000).
Around the same time, the PAC also contributed $5,000 – its only contribution of the period –to the Iowa Republican Party, which puts on the Ames Straw Poll, which is held at a fair at which Palin appeared. In October, the PAC spent $2,000 on “Constitutions” from Washington’s National Archives.
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