Sarah PAC fundraising craters!

In all, Sarah PAC spent a total $1.2 million.


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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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alaskan
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 09:16:52

    She spent $2,000 on “Constitutions” from Washington’s National Archives.


  2. climber357
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 09:44:27

    I am all for Sarah robbing the palinbots blind.

    And I am all for Sarah´s consultants robbing Sarah blind.


  3. dragonpuff
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 10:05:35

    Palin faded from sight because the Anchorage PD had not destroyed Shailey
    Tripp’s computer and phone yet. Sarah was wetting herself about pimp daddy

    The only money Palin gave out was $5000 to the Iowa Straw Poll people?
    So basically her bots paid for Sarah’s buddies to be employed and give her
    bad advice and for her to pay her parents big money to mail out crap?



    • Alaskan
      Jan 31, 2012 @ 13:52:29

      APD didn’t destroy Shailey Tripp’s computer and cell phone. She had a believable story there, up to that point.


  4. mommom
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 11:19:57

    How is it legal for a pac to only give 5k out of 750k raised?At some point doesnt it become illegal?


  5. Sarah HalfTime
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 12:05:08

    So how long has it been since a Alaskan has donated to her tin cup?

    Several years…

    We all know she is Alaska’s Worst Governor Ever.


  6. Maria Aragon
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 12:58:14

    Basically, it looks like some form of money train for her people, doesn’t it?


  7. John Thomas
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 13:40:49

    Wow, and here we thought she threw RAM under the bus quite some time ago.
    Nope, still bloviating… at least as much as you can bloviate with your lips stuck to somone’s ass. I bet that sounds something like a Bronx cheer.


  8. LisaB2595
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 15:04:09

    I guess some folks didn’t appreciate paying for Sarah’s “family vacations.”

    Sadly, there are still those who are more than happy to pay for whatever Sarah wants.


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