To Rake in Funds, Just Drop Her Name

Palin helps raise money on both sides of partisan issues
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Apr 16, 2009 9:03 AM CDT
While Palin has stepped away from the limelight, many people have started using her name to generate funds for issues like abortion and the environment.   (AP Photo/Al Grillo)
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(Newser) – Political fundraisers on both sides of polarizing issues have a secret weapon: Sarah Palin. Mere mention of the Alaska governor helps bring in the big bucks, Politico reports. “I can’t tell how many invitations I’ve seen with ‘Gov. Palin’ in 25-point font and ‘invited’ in 1-point font," said a rep for SarahPAC, the only organization with an official connection.

Groups opposing and supporting abortion rights have found Palin a particularly useful marketing tool. Planned Parenthood generated more than $1 million when it asked supporters to donate in Palin's name. "She's becoming the new Rush Limbaugh," says a conservative blogger. "People say, 'When is Sarah Palin going to go away?' But neither sides wants her to go away."