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.
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