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Palin's PAC First Step to 2012


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took a major step toward a 2012 bid today. Photo by Jim Young of Reuters

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.)

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Posted at 4:08 PM ET on Jan 27, 2009  | Category:  The Fix
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Dorothy1:

You probably said the same about Senator Obama, or Kerry before him?

Posted by: JakeD | January 28, 2009 5:54 AM

uuurrkk! si prega di non piĆ¹!!

Posted by: jgisler | January 27, 2009 10:05 PM

Oh my God, she has stigmata! Look at her right hand!

Posted by: mcleangirl | January 27, 2009 8:59 PM

I appreciate any time Sarah and Todd are out of Alaska sucking up free money from conservatives because that means they aren't screwing up something in Alaska. The State Government ran better without her (& Todd) and she wasn't abusing her powers. Why she's still being paid as Governor is a mystery.

Posted by: Dorothy1 | January 27, 2009 8:21 PM

The only way the Republicans could find a worse candidate than Palin is if they managed to dig up Lyndon Larouche. I wish her great success in her bid to be the next Republican nominee.

Posted by: JoeBewildered | January 27, 2009 6:39 PM

Well, the Democrats and the religious right are strongly in accord on one point, at least: Ms Palin would be an excellent choice as the GOP candidate in 2012. You Betcha! (Wink)

Posted by: nodebris | January 27, 2009 6:19 PM

Palin may believe in an American God and energy independence for the US -the hell wiht everyone else in the world? The two are, however, not necessary, if at all, interconnected.

I still hear her "drill, baby" & her how to forget her twisted logic that she somehow "sees" Russia from Alaska. By the time she embraces accuracy the continental drift may indeed have brought the two closer - so far they have been separating about 1" per year.

Posted by: hchiba | January 27, 2009 6:19 PM

Would I?

You Betcha! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | January 27, 2009 5:26 PM

Thanks for the web site.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2009 5:13 PM

Boy, DO I EVER AGREE with jlp2.

Posted by: MILW | January 27, 2009 5:07 PM

Please, please, write no more about her. If the press would stop its infatuation with this woman, the affliction would cease.

Posted by: jlp2 | January 27, 2009 4:51 PM

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