Here are a few snippets of reaction to Palin’s FEC filings.
The International Business Times has this to say…
As Sarah Palin makes her return to the campaign trail to champion Republican candidate Donald Trump, her political action committee has nearly exhausted its reserves, with funds at their lowest level since it was launched, a Center for Public Integrity report published Thursday revealed.
Although SarahPAC had $380,000 left as of Dec. 31, 2015, Palin’s PAC’s spending has outpaced what it has been able to raise due to the former Alaska governor’s predilection for luxury travel and top-dollar consultants. In 2015, SarahPAC brought in $950,000, but spent $1.4 million, according to Al Jazeera.
Courtesy of Aljazerra:
Sarah Palin may be back in the campaign season headlines after her endorsement of Donald Trump, but the former Alaska governor’s once robust political action committee is flaming out: Palin’s appetite for luxury travel and pricey consultants has depleted its cash reserves to historically low levels, a Center for Public Integrity review of new federal records indicates.
Many PACs would love to have the $380,000 that remained in SarahPAC’s coffers as of Dec. 31. last year, but that’s the smallest cash amount the group has had on hand since mid-2009, just after Palin formed SarahPAC following her failed vice presidential bid. As recently as mid-2014, SarahPAC sat on $1 million.
The reason for the shrinking war chest is that SarahPAC is simply burning through more money than it’s bringing in…
The PAC’s expenditures from July 1 through Dec. 31 include:
- $248,750 on various consultants, including those providing fundraising, research and “logistics” services.
- $160,141 on fundraising, direct mail and related website management, including HSP Direct, a Virginia-based firm that describes itself as an “agency”
- $84,789 on postage.
- About $48,336 on travel, lodging and related services. When Palin traveled to Washington, D.C., in September to appear at a rally alongside Trump and Cruz, her PAC covered a $4,700 bill at the Hotel George. SarahPAC also spent thousands of dollars on vehicle rentals from companies such as BAC Transport of Alaska, which features a fleet of high-end SUVs and limousines.
- $30,000 on two clerical staffers.
$18,000 on speechwriting. Aries Petra Consulting LLC, a small firm formed in Virginia and operating from Los Angeles, provided the services. Some political observers might argue Palin hasn’t gotten her money’s worth. Among the gems from Palin’s Trump endorsement speech: “Well, and then, funny, ha ha, not funny, but now, what they’re doing is wailing, ‘Well, Trump and his Trumpeters, they’re not conservative enough.’” And, on U.S. policy in the Middle East: “You quit footing the bill for these nations who are oil-rich, we’re paying for some of their squirmishes that have been going on for centuries. Where they’re fighting each other and yelling ‘Allahu akbar,’ calling jihad on each other’s heads forever and ever.”
In a blaze of rhyming, rambling glory, Sarah Palin this month glommed onto Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Trump beamed. Comedyshowsrejoiced. And Palin, who’s belly-up online channel, kaput Fox News contract and son’s domestic violence arrest rank among recent indignities, thrust herself backintolame-streammediaheadlines.
But the former Alaska governor’s own political action committee, once prodigious, is flaming out: Palin’s appetite for luxury travel and pricey consultants has depleted its cash reserves to historically low levels, a Center for Public Integrity review of new federal records indicate…
Meanwhile, conservative politicians’ campaigns didn’t receive a dime of SarahPAC’s heavy spending during the second half of 2015. Only a handful of lawmakers directly received cash during the first half of 2015.
This might surprise Palin supporters, who she solicits to “chip in $25 today to help us stack Congress with true conservatives” while asserting that SarahPAC is “working hard to support and elect conservative leaders.” (Prior to endorsing Trump, Palin pointed to Sen. Ted Cruz’s praise for SarahPAC as proof.)
While mostly out of the spotlight over the last year, Palin sprung back into American politics when she endorsed Donald Trump for president just two weeks ago. Just hours after announcing her support, news broke out of Wasilla, Alaska that her 26-year-old son Track Palin was arrested and charged with domestic violence against a female. Now with Palin back in the headlines, a new story as been leaked detailing the financial issues of SarahPAC.
With less than $400,000 remaining at the end of 2015, Palin’s PAC is struggling to stay afloat. SarahPac raised $950,000 last year, but ended up spending $1.4 million, a net loss of nearly a half a million dollars.
With her endorsement of Trump, she has lost a lot of fans, so I’m sure the coffers are really going to dry up.
An aside: My husband heads out to partake in a sporting activity every Saturday morning. Today, on his return, he told me one of his fellow sportsmen, who spent years working in NYC, had one great claim to fame. He was holding a charity event in NY and Trump and some of his cronies tried to gain entrance without paying. They were thrown out!