Sarah Palin Ditches RNC Fundraiser Ex-governor wants name taken off 'invited' speakers list By Emily Rauhala, Newser User Posted Apr 1, 2010 4:39 AM CDT 30 comments Comments Palin will speak at the South Republican leadership conference, but not at the RNC fundraiser. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (Newser) – Don't believe the hype—Sarah Palin won't be attending an upcoming RNC fundraiser in New Orleans, even though the invite lists her as an "invited" speaker. Invited or not, the former gov won't be showing, and her team has twice asked the RNC to take her name off the list. The four-day gathering is timed to coincide with the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, where Palin will, in fact, be speaking. This is not the first time Palin's name has been bandied about to generate buzz for the GOP, Politico notes. She previously asked to be removed from a Conservative Political Action Conference invite that listed her as speaker, despite the trifling detail that she had not agreed to attend.