Iowans Recoil at Prospect of Paying for Palin

Conservative group is trying to raise $100K to lure her
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2009 4:57 PM CDT
Sarah Palin waves to supporters after giving her resignation speech.   (AP Photo/Al Grillo, file)

(Newser) – An Iowa conservative group’s plan to lure Sarah Palin with a $100,000 speaking fee has annoyed fellow right-wingers. This is Iowa, after all, and most political contenders are happy to come for free. One GOP consultant in the state sees the move by the Iowa Family Policy Center as yet another example of Palin breaking the mold. "She's a phenomenon," he tells Politico.

Others are less wowed. “If somebody tells me they want me to pay an appearance fee, it tells me they’re not very serious about running for president,” says the president of Iowans for Tax Relief. Politicians “show up here because they want to be relevant in Iowa,” adds the leader of the Iowa Christian Alliance. The kicker: Because of Palin’s book-tour schedule, even $100K is unlikely to secure her appearance next month.