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Palin PAC spent little on candidates in first quarter

Sarah Palin's says she's planning an aggressive fundraising push for her political action committee -- but this quarter they spent more on staff and expenses than actual candidates. SarahPAC raised $400,000 and spent $409,000. National Journal reports on some of the spending:

The filings show Palin's political wing, Sarah PAC, paid a FL-based airplane service company $14K to de-ice a private jet. The PAC spent more than $16K -- twice as much as it donated to individual candidates -- on hotels from New Orleans to New York City to Richland, WA.
And it's good to work on Palin's behalf. Consultants for the PAC made more than $233K through their contracts, the report shows. Ex-spokeswoman Meg Stapleton, who left the PAC last month, had a $10K per month contract. Randy Scheunemann, one of Palin's top advisors during the WH'08 campaign, also makes $10K a month; during the last 3 months, Jason Recher, another aide on the '08 campaign, made $50K.

Palin spent $9,500 on donations to candidates and $31,000 on a direct mail fundraising campaign. "We had a large chunk of upfront costs that we had not realized any benefits from" by the end of the reporting period, the PAC treasurer told Politico.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, meanwhile, raised $1.5 million for his PAC this quarter. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty brought in $556,000.

You can read Palin's entire FEC filing here.

By Rachel Weiner  |  April 14, 2010; 5:20 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Sarah Palin  | Tags: Palin PAC, Sarah Palin  
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Stop complaining. She is stimulating the economy.

Posted by: rrwickett | April 15, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

One really has to wonder why anyone would even consider donating money to such an airhead. Whenever I hear her speak I am reminded of the scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz": It's like she is singing the scarecrow's song - "If I only had a brain".

Has Sara Palin ever said anything constructive?

Has she ever had an original idea?

For all the money she spends on advisers, you would thing that one of them would tell her to "shutup"!

And the media unfairly picks on her??? Thus far all I've seen is the media quoting her and then commenting on her inane statements. I'm not certain she's even competent to serve as dogcatcher in a town where she is the only resident!

Posted by: vagaf31 | April 15, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Teabaggers/Palin butt-lickers = SUCKERS LOL

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 15, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

So basically she ran a DEFICIT!!!!!

Posted by: ATLGuy | April 15, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin:

6 Year Mayor Of a Small Hamlet [Town]

Wasilla Population: 8,000

She Bankrupted that Little Itty Bitty Town to the Tune of [Millions] Of Dollars

Governor of Alaska: 2 1/2 Years

Gave 500 Million Dollars Seed Money [Alaskan Tax Payer Dollars] to a Canadian Gas Pipeline Builder [Trans-Canada] to Build a [28-40 Billion Dollar] Gas Pipeline, knowing that this Gas Pipeline will take [8-10 Years] to Build.

Bad News: The Trans-Canada [Does Not Supply The Gas], Big Oil Owns the Gas Leases.

LIAR:In 2008 Palin was on National TV Telling the "Lower 48" that she was Building a Gas Pipeline to Produce Gas to the Starving Markets of the "Lower 48"

The Trouble with this [LIE] Not One Pipe has been Laid, Other than the Pipeline Todd is Laying into to Sarah Palin Each Night !!

Reality, The Pipeline Does Not [EXIST]

Posted by: omaarsblade | April 14, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Her champagne tastes are going to insure that her campaign finishes out of money, and out of the money, about a week after it begins. Imelda of the Inner Passage has such a flare for expecting her donors to dress her in ermine and sable, its a wonder the RNC ever considered her for anything they would have to pour money into.

At least Prima Donna Rock Stars with bizarre clauses in their contracts have very pragmatic reasons for insisting that the (pick your color) M & M s not appear in their candy dishes.

She is a class one narcissist, and has surrounded herself with self important people who expect to be paid that way.

Watch your political contributions, R's, there is a Pirate amongst ye'!

Posted by: ceflynline | April 14, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Political Wire: Quote of the Day

"I'll take a TV personality over a community organizer any day."

-- Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), quoted by Salon, taking a shot at President Obama while essentially endorsing Sarah Palin.


Vitter Forgot to Mention....

1. Columbia-Harvard Grad with Honors.

2. Constitutional Lawyer.

3. President of Harvard Law Review.

4. 8 Year Illinois State Senator.

5. 3 Year U.S. Senator.

6. President Of The USA.


Oh yeah, in between all of this, He was a Community Organizer, as well.

Vitter, Fox News, AM-Hate Radio, RNC, Birthers, 912ers & Tea Partiers, Don't let these Truths get in the Way of Your Bad..


Posted by: omaarsblade | April 14, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't care what clothes she buys or whatever her rider demands are for her speaking engagements, it's her money, her career, she can do what she wants now that she is no longer a public servant.

But, when are her supporters going to realize that she is just taking them for a ride?

And does she have nothing more to offer but bumper-sticker slogans, vitriol and the attempt to incite violence?

Posted by: JRM2 | April 14, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse


READ THE REPORT. There's no money listed for clothes (and the FEC cleared her of any wrong-doing related to "clothes" during the 2008 campaign).


How much did Romney spend on staff and expenses?

Posted by: JakeD2 | April 14, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Surprise, surprise, surprise. And how much has she spent on clothes in the last few months????

Posted by: Aquarius1 | April 14, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

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