Palin gives over $500k to candidates, causes

Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2010

JUNEAU - Sarah Palin gave at least $507,000 to candidates and political causes in 2010 as she earned a reputation as kingmaker and raised her profile ahead of a possible presidential run.

The biggest chunk of that money, about $306,500, was doled out in the month leading to the Nov. 2 general election by her political action committee, SarahPAC, filings with the Federal Election Commission show.

Her latest filing Tuesday showed contributions of nearly $465,000 between Oct. 14 and Nov. 22. During that period, Palin gave $244,000 to conservative candidates, state Republican parties and ballot fights.

Palin gave $5,000 each to Renee Ellmers' successful recount effort in a North Carolina U.S. House race and Joe Miller's legal fight in Alaska's still-disputed U.S. Senate race.

For the year, she raised more than $3 million. She ended the latest reporting period with nearly $1.3 million on hand.

PAC treasurer Tim Crawford said he was pleased with the fundraising. He said the PAC also purchased 5,000 copies of Palin's new book, "America By Heart," and is giving signed copies to donors who give $100 or more. He said a similar effort, with Palin's first book, "Going Rogue," was a huge fundraiser.

November was a big month for Palin. More than 50 of the 81 candidates she endorsed won their races, according to the endorsement list kept at organize4palin.com. Also, her travelogue series, "Sarah Palin's Alaska" premiered, she started a tour to promote her new book, and her daughter, Bristol, made the finals on "Dancing With The Stars."

All this comes as speculation continues to build whether Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee, will run for president in 2012. She has said she's considering the idea.



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