Palin PAC raises $752,000 in last half of 2011

JUNEAU — Sarah Palin’s political action committee raised about $752,000 during the second half of 2011, according to financial disclosures filed Tuesday, less than half the nearly $1.7 million that SarahPAC raised during the first half of the year.

Palin, a former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee, announced in October that she would not seek her party’s nomination for the presidency.

She has had words of praise for many of the candidates — Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich — and said before the South Carolina primary that she would vote for Gingrich to keep the race going.

But the disclosures, filed with the Federal Election Commission, do not show any contributions to any of the 2012 GOP presidential contenders.

Palin’s contributions do include $5,000 to the Republican Party of Iowa, a contribution that came on the eve of the Ames Straw Poll in August when Palin visited the state, and a charitable contribution of $300 to Paws and Effect of Des Moines, Iowa.

SarahPAC spent $1.2 million during the second half and ended 2011 with about $1 million on hand.

Among the expenses: $50,450 for DVDs and shipping to donors; at least $2,022 for copies of the U.S. constitution from the National Archives; nearly $60,000 for video work and photography; and $16,900 to a group listed as “Republican Presidential Travel,” for charter air services.

About $2,600 was for Todd Palin, Palin’s husband, dated Aug. 29, for airfare, food, lodging and fuel.

Palin also listed $225 for a tour of Mount Vernon, one of the stops on her “One Nation” bus tour last year, and $932 for clambake catering in New Hampshire, her last stop on the trip’s first leg. Bus repairs, dated Oct. 27, were listed at about $1,100.

For comparison’s sake, SarahPAC raised $1.4 million during the second half of 2009.

Both 2009 and 2011 were the lead-up to big election years.

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