Sarah Palin’s PAC Brings in Nearly $900K, May Point to 2012 Presidential Bid
by Steven Ertelt
July 12, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The political action committee former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin set up to allow her to support candidates for other offices brought in nearly $900,000 in the last quarter in donations. The number is generating a buzz in political circles as it shows Palin may be serious about a presidential bid in 2012.
New documents filed Sunday with the Federal Election Commission reveal Palin’s PAC brought in $865,815 in the second quarter and it shelled out $87,500 to Republican candidates in the same period.
SarahPAC ended the quarter with more than $1 million in the bank, putting Palin the position of providing financial support for the many political candidates she has endorsed over the last few months.
Palin has already shown her ability to draw crowds, get media attention and pump up the pro-life base of the Republican Party, and an ability to raise large sums of money enhances her profile as a potential challenger to pro-abortion President Barack Obama in 2012.
Writing at National Review, Daniel Foster noted the new FEC reports showing the donations.
"Of course, that doesn’t mean she’s considering such a run, but it does mean she could make such a run for herself or for somebody else a good deal easier," he said.
The donations also add to the speculation as Palin doled out $5,000 to South Carolina congressional hopeful Tim Scott and she sent $5,000 to Iowa gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad and pro-life Sen. Chuck Grassley for his re-election bid.
California pro-life Senate candidate Carly Fiorina received a donation of $2,500 from the PAC as did pro-life Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle.
Joe Miller in Alaska and Clint Didier in Washington received $5,000 as did Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and congressional hopefuls John Koster in Washington and Star Parker in California.
Palin has appeared at several pro-life events in the last 12 months talking about pro-life issues and sharing her story of giving birth to a Down syndrome baby named Trig.
She rallied hundreds of pro-life women and supportive men at a 2010 election fundraising event sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony List in May.
Palin touted "pro-women" conservatives who are, as she described, politically engaged "mamma grizzlies" against abortion and for traditional values.
She credited the SBA List with helping launch, "an emerging conservative feminist identity" and that it is "returning the women’s movement back to it’s original roots."
"There’s a whole stampede of pink elephants," she said about the large number of pro-life women candidates seeking statewide and Congressional offices this year.
"If you thought pitbulls were tough, you don’t want to mess with mamma grizzlies," she said. "This year will be remembered as the year when common sense conservative women get things done for our country."
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