Palin's PAC First Step to 2012
By Chris Cillizza
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has started a federal political action committee -- called Sarahpac -- that will allow her to raise money for and donate cash to candidates for office over the coming years, a move that should be seen as a precursor to a run for president in 2012.
The PAC has a website and a post office box in Arlington, Va., but has not yet formally filed its incorporation papers with the Federal Election Commission. According to an official with Sarahpac, papers were filed last night around 5 p.m. with the FEC and the PAC should be official by later today.
Sarahpac is "dedicated to building America's future, supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation," according to a statement on the PAC's website.
The PAC's mission statement also highlights the importance of energy independence to the future of the Republican Party and the country at-large, a signal that Palin's likely 2012 bid will have energy policy at its foundation. (Putting energy at the center of Palin 2012 is a smart move, wethinks, given that energy was one of the few issues where Palin seemed entirely at ease during her vice presidential candidacy last year.)
Posted at 4:08 PM ET on Jan 27, 2009
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