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Palin's PAC brings in $1.4 million in 2nd half of 2009

Associated Press
Sarah Palin's political action committee raised about $1.4 million in the second half of 2009, most of it following her resignation as Alaska's governor, according to a report filed with the Federal Elections Commission.

The filing also reveals that SarahPAC gave $35,500 between July 1 and Dec. 31 to a number of Republican incumbents in Congress and to Doug Hoffman, the New York conservative who prompted a national uprising against a Republican candidate for a congressional seat.

(Rand Paul, the son of 2008 presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), said Monday that Palin's PAC had donated $2,000 to his Kentucky Senate campaign in recent days. Paul is running against Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson for the GOP nomination to succeed retiring Sen. Jim Bunning.)

A committee fundraiser featuring signed copies of Palin's memoir, "Going Rogue," "was wildly successful" in the fourth quarter of 2009, said her spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton. SarahPAC offered signed copies to people who donated $100 or more.

The FEC year-end filing also shows that $65,000 was paid to the Anchorage law firm of Clapp, Peterson, Van Flein and Tiemessen, which includes attorney Thomas Van Flein, who represented Palin in multiple ethics complaints when she was governor.

Van Flein said Monday he was prohibited by ethics rules to discuss what services he provided SarahPAC unless he was first cleared by his client.

Crawford said none of the PAC payments to Van Flein's law firm were to cover Palin's legal fees from the complaints, but for legal and political work right before and after Palin's resignation.

SarahPAC ended the year with more than $900,000 cash on hand, the committee reported to the FEC.

By Post Editor  |  February 1, 2010; 11:39 PM ET
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