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Palin Dithered to Milk Voters: Stewart

Bristol said she knew in July, but SarahPAC was still looking for bucks

(Newser) - Why did Sarah Palin wait so long to finally announce she's not running for president? Money. John Stewart guffaws at Palin's jaw-dropping claim that she's just a low-key, little 'ol me quietly declaring that she's not going to stump for the top job after all—... More »

Palin's Camp to Rove: You Know Nothing

...about Sarah Palin's 2012 intentions, at least

(Newser) - Karl Rove has said it and said it again in recent days: Sarah Palin will run. Apparently, that wasn't inside information gleaned from his BFF, Sarah Palin. Politico spotted another "Setting the Record Straight" post on the SarahPAC website that doesn't name Rove, but clearly takes a... More »

Palin Bus Tour Hits the Brakes

She and her family head to Alaska

(Newser) - Sarah Palin has abruptly cut short her bus tour and gone home to Alaska before hitting such planned destinations as Iowa and South Carolina. Though the trip had no formally announced schedule, Real Clear Politics reports that top aides had drafted an itinerary that would have seen her tour the... More »

Palin Nabs Obama's ... Font

Gotham typeface helped him win in 2008: experts

(Newser) - Sarah Palin seems to be in firm agreement with President Obama on at least one issue: effective campaign fonts. On her website , the former Alaska governor has taken to using the Gotham font that experts say helped propel Obama to victory in 2008, the Daily Telegraph reports. “I think... More »

Top Palin Aide: I Wish They Were the Cleavers

Rebecca Mansour's direct messages leaked

(Newser) - It pays to know who your social media friends are: Sarah Palin's spokeswoman and perhaps fiercest defender has egg on her face today after a former Palin supporter leaked a series of not-so-subtle Twitter direct messages to the Daily Caller. Rebecca Mansour savaged top Republicans in the private messages—... More »

Sarah Palin's Latest Hire Suggests White House Run

She brings on veteran political adviser as chief of staff

(Newser) - Someone forgot to tell Politico and CNN this is supposed be a month free of Sarah Palin news . They're both reporting that Palin has hired a veteran operative to be her chief of staff, a development Politico reads as "one of the biggest indicators yet" she's serious about a... More »

Christine O'Donnell Starts a PAC

It's unclear what 'ChristinePAC' intends to do

(Newser) - Christine O’Donnell has taken her Sarah Palin mini-me act to its next logical level, filing paperwork to form a political action committee called ChristinePAC. The group will allow America’s favorite non-witch to remain involved in politics, much as SarahPAC does for Palin, the New York Times observes. It’... More »

Palin's 2012 Odds Plummet After Arizona Shooting

Debate doing serious harm to Alaskan's image

(Newser) - After the weekend shooting in Arizona, fewer people are betting on Sarah Palin 2012. The odds of the Alaskan becoming the Republican nominee plunged on betting site InTrade soon after the shooting, the Huffington Post reports. Analysts say that while no direct link has been made between the shooter and... More »

Sarah Palin's New Ad: It's 'Morning in America'

Is it the first in a 2012 campaign?

(Newser) - Sarah Palin is up with a post-election ad, dubbed by Andrew Sullivan as the "first ad of the 2012 campaign." The 70-second spot is a victory lap of sorts, with shots of Palin-endorsed winners such as Nikki Haley and Marco Rubio, along with a Reaganesque reference to it... More »

Todd Blasts Miller for Not Endorsing Palin for President

Leaked emails expose apparent feud with Alaska candidate

(Newser) - Sarah Palin's not running for president—yet—but Palin-backed candidates who don't endorse her for the job will have to answer to Todd and forget about having her support, judging by leaked emails obtained by Mudflats . Alaskan Senate candidate Joe Miller—who received Palin's endorsement earlier this year—told Fox... More »

Palin Policy Adviser Works for Foreign Governments

Orion Strategies a registered agent for Taiwan, Georgia

(Newser) - The company Sarah Palin is paying for foreign policy advice is also being paid to lobby lawmakers on behalf of Taiwan, Georgia, and Montenegro. Palin's political action committee isn't breaking any laws by hiring Orion Strategies, Reuters notes, but the firm's work on behalf of foreign governments raises questions about... More »

Sarah Palin Quietly Building 2012 Machine

SarahPAC steps up fundraising, spends dough on infrastructure

(Newser) - SarahPAC, the esteemed hockey mom’s Political Action Committee, is shaping itself into the kind of sophisticated operation a presidential candidate might use, according to Politico . The PAC just had its best fundraising quarter ever, raking in $866,000. It turned around and spent $742,000 of that investing in... More »

Is That a Palin Campaign Ad?

SarahPAC releases 'Mama Grizzlies' video

(Newser) - Sarah Palin's political action committee has released what looks suspiciously like a campaign ad. Called "Mama Grizzlies," the video splices audio from Palin's speech at a pro-life event touting the power of conservative women with video of female tea partiers. It doesn't address any specific positions other than... More »

Palin PAC Targets 20 Dems

She aims to 'fire' those who voted for health reform

(Newser) - Sarah Palin’s political action committee plans to use its monetary might to remove from office 20 Democrats who voted for the health-reform measure that passed the House on Sunday. “We’re going to reclaim the power of the people from those who disregarded the will of the people,... More »

Sarah Palin's Book a Bestseller—With Her PAC

SarahPAC paid $63,000 for complimentary copies of Going Rogue

(Newser) - Sarah Palin used $63,000 of her political action committee's funds to buy copies of her book Going Rogue last year. SarahPAC used the money to send copies of the book to donors who'd met a contribution target. The committee also ponied up $8,000 for "colorful bookmarks,"... More »

Palin's Haul From Small Donors Echoes Obama: Silver

60% of war chest in chunks under $200

(Newser) - The nearly $1 million raised by Sarah Palin’s political action committee this year is not in itself all that impressive, writes Nate Silver for After all, her figures are dwarfed by Republican players with significantly less star power. But Palin’s fundraising numbers reveal a true strength:... More »

Palin PAC Fund Reaches $1M

Gov's resignation sparks $200K in new donations to spread Sarah's word

(Newser) - Sarah Palin's political action committee has received almost $1 million dollars since she created it at the end of January, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The fund—which Palin plans to use to spread her message and campaign for chosen candidates across the country—has received $200,000 in donations... More »

Mutual Pal Pushed Palin to Court Clintons

To help image problems, help pay down Hillary's debt, Palin ally urged

(Newser) - A Maryland lawyer who is a sometime adviser to Sarah Palin urged her to forge an alliance with Hillary Clinton, reports Politico. John Coale, aka Greta Van Susteren's hubby, suggested that Palin donate funds from her political action committee to help Clinton retire campaign debt. Palin was open to reaching... More »

Palin Accused of Conflict of Interest

Alaska resident says governor's PAC leads to neglect of duties

(Newser) - Yet another ethics complaint was filed against Sarah Palin yesterday, alleging that the governor’s extracurricular excursions on behalf of SarahPAC pose a conflict of interest. The complaint, filed by an Anchorage mother and advocate for children with disabilities, says Palin left the state at a crucial time—the end... More »

GOP Dinner Dumps Palin for Dithering

Gingrich gets gig after Alaska guv fails to commit to fundraiser

(Newser) - Congressional Republicans have replaced Sarah Palin with Newt Gingrich as keynote speaker at their spring fundraising dinner after the Alaska governor's aides flip-flopped over whether she could make it, sources tell Politico. Organizers issued a press release trumpeting her appearance after her political action committee confirmed that she would attend,... More »

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