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Sarah Palin Uses PAC to Buy Her Own Book (as did Hillary Clinton with Living History)
ABC News ^ | Monday, February 1, 2010 | Matthew Mosk of MD4Bush Infamy

Posted on 02/01/2010 2:22:09 PM PST by kristinn

Sarah Palin has been using her political action committee to buy up thousands of copies of her book, "Going Rogue," in order to mail copies of the memoir to her donors, newly filed campaign records show.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate had her political organization spend more than $63,000 on what her reports describe as "books for fundraising donor fulfillment." The payments went to Harper Collins, her publisher, and in some instances to HSP Direct, a Virginia-based direct mail fundraising firm that serves a number of well-known conservative politicians and pundits.

Sarah PAC spent another $8,000 on colorful bookmarks designed by a Nashville-based event branding firm. And her committee paid her publisher $20,000 for what appears to have been the cost of sending her personal photographer and another aide along on her book tour. Those expenses are listed by the PAC as travel repayment to Harper Collins.

All of the purchases took place in November and December of 2009, the records show.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: booksales; goingrogue; hillary; livinghistory; md4bush; sarahpalin
Newsmax reported in early 2004 about Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party giving away copies of Living History to donors. There was no controversy raised by the media back then like they are trying to do with Palin:

The Democratic National Committee is "giving away" copies of Sen. Hillary Clinton's book "Living History" to any contributor who ponies up $29.95 per month till Election Day - a move that raises questions about whether the party has made bulk purchases of Clinton's book.

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"As a Member of Presidential Partners," DNC chief Terry McAuliffe promises in the Web site's message, "you will receive: A copy of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book, Living History. The first 500 books will be personally signed by Senator Clinton!"

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The DNC's Hillary book offer coincides with the senator's own attempt to boost book sales through her political action committee, HILLPAC.

On HILLPAC's Web site, "FriendsofHillary.com," potential donors are offered "your own personalized copy of this historic book" in exchange for "making a contribution to Friends of Hillary."

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HILLPAC says the senator does not collect royalties on any books sold through FriendsofHillary.

The media (ABC News, National Journal, Politics Daily, Seattle Post Intelligencer, NY Daily News, MSNBC, Media Bistro, and Salon) are going potty over Sarah Palin using her book as an incentive for donations to her PAC. A search of news sites shows that as of this writing none of the outlets attacking Palin are reporting she is only following in the footsteps of Hillary Clinton.

1 posted on 02/01/2010 2:22:10 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn
They, SarahPAC, offered free, autographed copies of her book for a donation of $100, I believe.
Where was she supposed to get the books if not from the publisher?
2 posted on 02/01/2010 2:26:33 PM PST by jla
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To: kristinn

Not to mention that it is her PAC, not the RNC, which is buying the books. I guess the implication is that she is meant to be that she is buying her own book so that she can be on the bestsellers list.


3 posted on 02/01/2010 2:27:57 PM PST by webheart (I am a Sarah fan.)
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To: jla

Amazon or Ebay


4 posted on 02/01/2010 2:28:39 PM PST by appeal2 (Government is not the solution, it is the problem and eventually the enemy.)
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To: kristinn

So instead of getting the book for 10 bucks, 6,300 doners donors got it for $100? Seems like a savay move by Palin, where is the beef in this complaint??


5 posted on 02/01/2010 2:29:02 PM PST by MNJohnnie ("The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples' money" Lady Thatcher)
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To: kristinn

$8,000 on colorful bookmarks?

made with Polar bears and Moose shots I hope

My wife would buy them.. like she needs anymore.

Moose along folks.. nothin’ to see here.


6 posted on 02/01/2010 2:30:06 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: webheart

I guess the media hit squad forgot to do the math. It’s about 6300 books, not nearly enough to effect her place on the sales chart


7 posted on 02/01/2010 2:30:09 PM PST by MNJohnnie ("The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples' money" Lady Thatcher)
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To: kristinn

Sour grapes from loser Corporate Media hacks. They only wish they were smart enough to write a best seller! IMHO


8 posted on 02/01/2010 2:30:13 PM PST by J Edgar
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To: kristinn

Good ol’ MD4Bush? lolol


9 posted on 02/01/2010 2:31:21 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: kristinn

Sarah Buys Her Own Book to Give to Supporters.

Now if she took free copies from the publisher and failed to report the value as income, that might be of some concern.

Must be a slow news day over at the ABC.


10 posted on 02/01/2010 2:33:13 PM PST by newheart (A RINO is anyone who claims to be Republican but doesn't agree with ME on everything. </sarc>)
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To: kristinn

As much respect as Ive lost for her since she endorsed Juan, I dont see a problem here.


11 posted on 02/01/2010 2:34:12 PM PST by DogBarkTree
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To: MNJohnnie

I’ve my copy, via Borders and the wife.

It’ll be my overnight read on the way to the consult in CA.
(I’ll be bonding with my truck...)

I voted for her the last time around, expect to do so again, and, from the boss’s reaction, expect nothing in the book to change my mind.


12 posted on 02/01/2010 2:35:53 PM PST by benewton (Life sucks, then you die)
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To: appeal2

OK.


13 posted on 02/01/2010 2:41:27 PM PST by jla
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To: kristinn

Ed Morrissey’s take on this at Hot Air.

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/02/01/shocker-palin-buys-books-to-incentivize-donors

In his words this story = ‘big nothingburger’


14 posted on 02/01/2010 2:53:34 PM PST by sarah fan UK
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To: kristinn; Al B.; euram; SoCalPol
This story is related to one I posted last night:

Congratulations to Rebecca Mansour and Joey Russo! (PDS Alert!)

Sarah's political enemies are now combing through SarahPAC's disclosure forms to try and find new material with which to attack her (and now her staff).

Get ready for more non-stories like this in the coming days.

15 posted on 02/01/2010 3:04:43 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: kristinn
This is the key passage in the story...

The rules are somewhat complex, but because Palin is neither a candidate for office, nor a sitting member of congress, her PAC is free to purchase the book under current law, according to Jan Baran, a campaign legal expert.

16 posted on 02/01/2010 3:06:49 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: kristinn

Also interesting to note, if you review SarahPAC’s filing, she paid a bundle for the booksigning tour. She paid for the bus, airfare when she had to fly, far more than I would have thought. Matter of fact, I figured that the publisher was paying for the whole booksigning tour.

SarahPAC was offering a signed copy of GR to everyone who donated $100 to her PAC, as was the Republican Governors Conference.


17 posted on 02/01/2010 3:08:05 PM PST by euram
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

When I looked at SarahPAC’s FEC filing, I was really surprised on how much she paid for the booksigning tour. I always figured that the publisher paid for all that. The whole book buying deal is a non-story from beginning to end. Books bought in bulk from the publisher don’t effect the bestsellers list in the least since they are drawn up by sales reported from stores. Besides, Palin was offering a signed copy of GR to everyone who donated $100 to SarahPAC, it was a fundraising expense. The Republican Governors Assoc was making the same offer.


18 posted on 02/01/2010 3:12:18 PM PST by euram
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Get ready for more non-stories like this in the coming days.

Pathetic effort by the MSM. Surely they can do better. :)

19 posted on 02/01/2010 3:15:11 PM PST by Al B. (Sarah Palin: "Buck up, or stay in the truck.")
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To: kristinn

And I’m glad she did because I got one of those books - SIGNED!!!


20 posted on 02/01/2010 3:22:24 PM PST by Laserman
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To: kristinn

This arrangement may be technically legal, but it gives an appearance of impropriety. Hillary Clinton may have done the same thing. But Palin should not be perceived to have the ethics of the Clintons.


21 posted on 02/01/2010 3:27:45 PM PST by pinochet
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner; Al B.

Under the category of: There is No There, There.
How disappointing for the Palin bashers.


22 posted on 02/01/2010 3:31:23 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: kristinn
Her "personal" photographer is an established freelance professional, who previously was a White House photographer.
23 posted on 02/01/2010 3:33:20 PM PST by rabidralph ("Precedenting" is a lot tougher than community organizing.)
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To: kristinn

This is standard practice by numerous fund-raising organizations and charities, as well as politicians. If you donate this much, you get a free book or video.

Only a kneejerk Leninist media type could possibly think there was anything wrong with it. No, she is not buying them for herself and piling them up in a storage barn somewhere. Her fund raising campaign is using it as a donation sweetener. Standard practice.


24 posted on 02/01/2010 3:36:40 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: jla
Photobucket
25 posted on 02/01/2010 3:36:58 PM PST by Canedawg (Our government has become a travesty.)
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To: pinochet
This arrangement may be technically legal, but it gives an appearance of impropriety. Hillary Clinton may have done the same thing. But Palin should not be perceived to have the ethics of the Clintons...

What is the appearance? Do you understand the difference between Sarah Palin and, say...Jim Wright?

26 posted on 02/01/2010 4:09:15 PM PST by gogeo ("Every one has a right to be an idiot. He abuses the privilege!" Groucho Marx)
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To: pinochet
This arrangement may be technically legal, but it gives an appearance of impropriety.

It does ? It seems prefectly reasonable to me. I mean, what is the publisher to do with extra books? Why can't she buy them herself, and give them away ? Her PAC bought them, she ought to be able to give them away if she wants to. It's not like the subject isn't something SarahPAC donees wouldn't want to read.

27 posted on 02/01/2010 5:23:11 PM PST by Red Boots
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To: rabidralph

She’s good!


28 posted on 02/01/2010 6:03:10 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: SolidWood; euram; SoCalPol; Clyde5445; WVKayaker; ak267; Soul Seeker; Hojczyk; Republic; ...

(((PING)))


29 posted on 02/01/2010 6:04:27 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Yes, she is! Impressive work-ethic to stand there and take pictures of everyone who met the governor.


30 posted on 02/01/2010 6:16:18 PM PST by rabidralph ("Precedenting" is a lot tougher than community organizing.)
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To: kristinn

This is pretty normal practice. The PAC doesn’t own the rights to the book, in order to distribute, they have to buy them like everyone else (albeit I’m sure at a good discount). Out of the million plus sold, I doubt a few thousand would do anything to the numbers.


31 posted on 02/01/2010 7:07:12 PM PST by mnehring
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To: pinochet

What appearance of impropriety? It would be inappropriate if she procured them from the publisher (the real owner) without pay. Paying for the book is the most ethical approach. Only someone with severe PMS (Palin Madness Syndrome) would think it inappropriate.


32 posted on 02/01/2010 7:11:45 PM PST by mnehring
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To: pinochet

an appearance of impropriety

For a republican this is unacceptable,
for a democrat this calls for denials
and counter accusations.


33 posted on 02/01/2010 7:18:13 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: DogBarkTree

That`s awfully charitable of you...roll eyes


34 posted on 02/01/2010 8:08:10 PM PST by Friendofgeorge ( SARAH PALIN or BUST.)
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To: Friendofgeorge

It must suck to have your idol fall from grace. I know it did for me.


35 posted on 02/02/2010 4:28:59 AM PST by DogBarkTree
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To: DogBarkTree

Sarah has not fallen from Grace...Get a life!!!


36 posted on 02/02/2010 6:06:51 AM PST by Friendofgeorge ( SARAH PALIN or BUST.)
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To: DogBarkTree
Just curious what you are going to do on Nov 4th 2012 when the choices are Obama or Palin? I guess you could go third party. Let me know how it works out for you :)
37 posted on 02/02/2010 6:12:09 AM PST by Friendofgeorge ( SARAH PALIN or BUST.)
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To: Friendofgeorge

If the lady runs of course I’ll vote for her. I guess we all have to compromise from time to time and Sarah is far from immune to that if she wants to make a go for the WH.


38 posted on 02/02/2010 9:44:59 AM PST by DogBarkTree
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To: DogBarkTree

Glad to hear it :)


39 posted on 02/02/2010 7:55:31 PM PST by Friendofgeorge ( SARAH PALIN or BUST.)
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To: kristinn

I don’t recall seeing this mentioned anywhere with regards to the Palin story. Is it any different?

http://mittromneycentral.com/2009/12/13/romney-book-event-expects-10000-attendees/

“The Hinckley Institute of Politics (University of Utah) is hosting a book signing and lecture to discuss Mitt Romney’s new book No Apology: The Case for America’s Greatness, which is set to be released on March 2, 2010.

The event will take place at the Salt Palace on March 13 (the day after Romney’s birthday). The event [hopes to have] 10,000 attendees, all of whom will receive a signed copy of the new book. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday (Dec.17) at 10:00 AM, evidently through a new website to be launched at that time: MittRomneyUtah.com. Pricing is not yet known. We will update when we know more.”

Buy a ticket to the event, get a book.


40 posted on 02/05/2010 3:29:15 PM PST by curth (Sarah Palin: Fighting for the Soul Of America)
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