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Sarah PAC lavishes money on Palin, not on candidates

By SUSAN WALKER
April 12, 2012

Sarah Palin: Living large off contributors to her PAC (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Sarah Palin‘s so-called political action committee — created under the pretense of raising money to help political candidates — raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the first three months of 2012 but didn’t give a cent to any candidate for office.

Instead, the PAC spent more than it raised on Palin’s travel and personal expenses, an army of consultants and expenses to raise more money.

Sarah PAC also spent 19 grand for a video to try refute the movie “Game Change,” which ran on Home Box Office (HBO) and portrayed Palin in a less-than-favorable light during her tenure as John McCain‘s running mate in the 2008 Presidential campaign.

Capitol Hill Blue examined Sarah PAC’s financial disclosure reports filed with the Federal Election Commission and found the political committee pays out a lot of money to keep its namesake in the spotlight with a comfortable lifestyle but none on candidates it pledged to help.

The so-called “leadership PAC” finished March with almost a million dollars in the bank.  According to the PAC’s website, the PAC exists to build “America’s future by sporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation.”

But while the PAC raised $388,000 in the first quarter of 2012 — and spent $418,000 — none of the money went to a any candidate.

Sarah PAC did spent 255 grand on fundraising, $4,500 to reserve space at Channelside Bay Mall in Tampa — near the Republican National Convention site in August and $19,000 to Passcode Creative of Franklin, TN, to produce a two-and-a-half minute video to refute HBO’s Game Change.

Another $6,0000 went for hotel bills — including $1,000 for a weekend at Disney World in Florida and more than $100,000 for Palin’s travel and personal expenses.

Palin’s staff are living large off the PAC.  Chief of staff Michael Glassner and “issue consultant’ Peter Schweizer received $27,500 each for three months work, which plays out to 110 grand a year each.

Rebecca Mansour, whose primary job is to post pro-Palin propaganda on the Internet, received 22 grand for three months and PAC treasurer Tim Crawford appears to be the PAC’s top paid staff member, receiving $41,500 for three months, which adds up to $166,000 a year.

Crawford claims Sarah PAC will start contributing to candidates soon.

Copyright 2012 Capitol Hill Blue

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7 Responses to Sarah PAC lavishes money on Palin, not on candidates

  1. Sandy Price

    April 12, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Is there not the scent of fraud found in this story?

    • Darklady

      April 12, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      “Scent of fraud?”

      I’d say the stench fills the room and the only folks who can’t smell it are Palin’s supporters. Those of us who’ve been paying attention have been trying to warn folks for years, but those Naughty Monkey pumps are a powerful force to be reckoned with.

  2. Jon

    April 12, 2012 at 10:31 am

    They’re just too big to fail.

    J.

  3. Jane Says

    April 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after the coup and cover up. Even most of the comments online are financed with your tax dollars. Big brother is trying to create the perception of public opinion while burying the truth. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

    Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

    Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in world history before it disappears forever much like me.

  4. Jim B.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I know there is a minority who passionately adore this woman and then there are the rest.

    When she was running with McCain, so many of her followers repeated over and over again: “We love her, because she’s just like us.”

    And, when I heard that, I thought of one of my favorites….

    H.L. Mencken — famous hard-nosed newspaperman and American philosopher who said that one of the big flaws in democracy is that many people only like and trust others who they perceive are similar to themselves, and eventually they’ll vote into office those people and those politicians will be the ones who are mostly mediocre and unfit. His language to describe this was harsh: “Democracy, too, is a religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.”

    Now, those are his words, of course, not mine….I still believe in mankind’s (no gender assignment there)nobility to rise above this especially when tough and harrowing times demand it. Many people still want someone smarter, more skilled, and more adept at solving the nation’s and world’s problems than they are.

  5. Morris Taylor

    April 13, 2012 at 1:27 am

    It seems that all of these Republican politicians are in it to make a buck including lucrative gigs on Fox News.

  6. Lillibet Hunt

    April 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    And this is an unexpected surprise, why?