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Palin's PAC rakes in $1.6M by end of June
The Hill ^ | 07/14/2011 | Michael O'Brien

Posted on 07/14/2011 1:59:56 PM PDT by unseen1

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) political action committee, Sarah PAC, raised almost $1.6 million the first six months of this year, it will report in Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings.

Sarah PAC has just over $1.4 million in in the bank at the end of June after having spent about $1.6 million — about as much as it raised — between January and June.

The first six months of this year saw a revamped political operation for Palin, who relaunched Sarah PAC's website this spring and embarked on a national bus tour sponsored by the PAC. That tour, along with some of the former vice presidential nominee's moves in primary states, has stoked speculation that she might run for president.

The money raised by Sarah PAC can't be used toward a presidential run, but the haul reflects the extent of Palin's latent support that could be converted into support for a White House bid.

"We at Sarah PAC are very pleased and grateful for the tremendous support that Governor Palin receives from everywhere across our country," said the PAC's treasurer, Tim Crawford. "Sarah PAC more than doubled the amount we raised as compared to the same time period in 2009. We received more that 36,700 contributions from over 24,000 contributors."

Donations averaged under $50 per person.

Among the PAC's expenditures were $65,000 in contributions to candidates and an $18,700 donation to the Young America's Foundation, an organization for young conservatives.

Most of Palin's political contributions came at the end of June, one day before the semi-annual filing deadline.

Thirteen incumbent Republicans or GOP candidates received $5,000 each from Palin's PAC.

Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) both received donations, as did Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), Rep. Francisco Canseco (R-Texas), Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Allen West (R-Fla.), Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Martha Roby (R-Ala.), Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.) and Mike Coffman (R-Colo.).


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: expensivevacation; familyvacation; grassroots; griswold; onenation; palin; primary; sarahpac
The power of the grassroots. Notice the avg donation and the amouont of people who gave.
1 posted on 07/14/2011 1:59:59 PM PDT by unseen1
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To: unseen1

They ain’t seen nothing yet. Wait until she announces — the figures will be astronomical!


2 posted on 07/14/2011 2:09:21 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: onyx; Al B.; Brices Crossroads; Lakeshark; sarah fan UK

PING!


3 posted on 07/14/2011 2:12:00 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: CedarDave

yeap.


4 posted on 07/14/2011 2:12:09 PM PDT by unseen1
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To: CedarDave

I have $1000 with her name on it!


5 posted on 07/14/2011 2:15:09 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: unseen1
What this report tells us is that Gov Palin is beholden to no one. she owns no one political favors. She is not bought and paid for by political special interests. Her PAC is fully funded by WE the People.
6 posted on 07/14/2011 2:15:41 PM PDT by unseen1
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To: unseen1
True grassroots politics. $50. donations from tens of thousands of ordinary Americans, just as it should be.

The left recognizes Palin's power and that it comes, not simply from her rhetoric or good looks but from Palin's connection with the people. What they don't know how to deal with is her honesty and integrity, two attributes foreign to just about all Democrat politicians, from Obama on down. The left assumed that the Alaska governors office e-mails would be a treasure trove of embarrassing revelations that would finally sink Sarah Palin, once and for all. Instead, they served to demonstrate a hard-working governor that was not involved in shady deals or fits of egomania, as the leftmedia so hoped. This is the kind of thing that confounds the left when it comes to Sarah Palin. She is authentic and all the bitter diatribes and nasty ridicule aimed at Palin has basically come to nothing. As a Palin supporter, it's good to know that her campaign chest is nice and full with lots more waiting if and when she announces her candidacy. I can hardly wait!

7 posted on 07/14/2011 2:15:44 PM PDT by Jim Scott ( Sarah Palin for president in 2012!)
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To: Jim Scott

We the People are speaking. that is some serious grassroots. 24,000 ordinary people giving and avg of $50.00 As enabled Gov Palin to stay away from the special interests. This is how we get our government back.


8 posted on 07/14/2011 2:18:38 PM PDT by unseen1
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To: CedarDave

Let me ask a question — if I understand how PACs work, the donations to the PAC can’t be used for the person’s election costs, but rather the PAC’s stated intent.

Won’t the PAC pull from Gov. Palin’s election (assuming she runs) funds?

I don’t think she gets the prefunded presidential money until she is a confirmed candidate...


9 posted on 07/14/2011 2:19:09 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: unseen1
national bus tour sponsored by the PAC

A family excursion, to be accurate. She had no (ethical) business siphoning dollars from the Politcal Action Comm. to pay for what she described as a non-political, non-campaign trip.

Note to Drones: I've donated 10X the avg to the PAC so spare me from your imbecilic comments.

$18,700 donation to the Young America's Foundation

Now this is wlecome news. No better org than YAF.

10 posted on 07/14/2011 2:24:23 PM PDT by jla
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To: freedumb2003
Her Pac can't be used for her POTUS run. It can be used to fund other candidates races, travel, staff and things like a bus tour that isn't a campaign bus...
11 posted on 07/14/2011 2:25:11 PM PDT by unseen1
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To: CedarDave

1.6 mil for someone who even hasn’t announced yet...


12 posted on 07/14/2011 2:29:51 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: JaguarXKE
I have $1000 with her name on it!

last year, I set aside $5600 with the idea of donating to a Palin presidential campaign. All she has to do is announce or endorse and the first $2300 will be on the way.

13 posted on 07/14/2011 2:30:44 PM PDT by no-s (B.L.O.A.T. and every day...because some day soon they won't be making any more...for you.)
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To: jla
The bus tour was related to what the PAc is about.... About SarahPAC Formed in January 2009, SarahPAC is a federally registered political action committee (PAC) dedicated to building America's future by supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation. SarahPAC believes America's best days are ahead. Our country, founded on conservative principles and the fight for freedom,/b>, must confront the challenges of the 21st century with integrity, innovation, and determination. SarahPAC believes energy independence is a cornerstone of the economic security and progress that every American family wants and deserves. We believe in American Exceptionalism, and that US foreign policy should, first and foremost, be based on the pursuit of our national interest, not the interests of others. SarahPAC believes the Republican Party is at the threshold of an historic renaissance that will build a better future for all. Health care, education, and reform of government are among our key goals. the Bus tour highlighted many bedrock principles that sarahpac was founded on. continue on with your rant...
14 posted on 07/14/2011 2:31:24 PM PDT by unseen1
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To: jla
A family excursion, to be accurate. She had no (ethical) business siphoning dollars from the Politcal Action Comm. to pay for what she described as a non-political, non-campaign trip.

Voter education initiate...

15 posted on 07/14/2011 2:31:39 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: unseen1

Indeed. We the PEAple do not need either the permission or the blessings of the GOP.


16 posted on 07/14/2011 2:57:41 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (There is no native criminal class except Congress. Mark Twain)
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To: jla

I don’t have the code in front of me, but I’ve set up pac-like groups for others and I seem to remember something in there that allows educational purposes as well. Since that is how she framed her tour, and because everyone got quite an education from it, I’d say its well within both the letter and the spirit of the law.


17 posted on 07/14/2011 3:23:22 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: unseen1
SarahPAC has given to many candidates and offices holders. Many of which are in key states. Sarah came to Perry's side, Haley's side and Ayotte side when all else sat by.
18 posted on 07/14/2011 3:40:37 PM PDT by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: unseen1
This is actually pretty sad.

Most congressional candidates raise far more than this.

This should be the end to any talk of running for President.
19 posted on 07/15/2011 8:17:55 AM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: Minus_The_Bear

Sarah is not a presidential candidate so why compare her fund raising to candidates?


20 posted on 07/15/2011 8:23:43 AM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic (Support our military or leave. I will help you pack BO!)
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To: unseen1

Interesting... thanks for the info!


21 posted on 07/15/2011 11:56:01 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

LOL....Mitt raised $1.8 for his PAC before he announced, timmy raised 120,000 Bachmann only $500,000.

Palin’s numbers are just about where mitt’s were before he announced and 4 times hifger than Bachmann’s

your PDS is showing. and none of them had 24,000 people giving.....


22 posted on 07/15/2011 2:21:19 PM PDT by unseen1
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