This Christmas, Sarah Palin’s PAC is giving money to the most important person in the world: Sarah Palin herself.
OpenSecrets describes Palin’s PAC as notoriously “parsimonious,” while Mediaite notes that the PAC is “extremely stingy when it comes to donating money to her fellow Republicans.” The PAC has raised a total of $2.7 million dollars since the 2014 two-year election cycle began, but according to OpenSecrets, it’s only donated $150,000 of that to actual candidates. This means that, for an election PAC, it matches money to candidates with a success rate of 5.5% (still a better track record than Bill Kristol).
And this year was one of the worst. According to the PAC’s quarter filings this year, they had $1.4 million in cash on tap, but only $45,000 found its way into the hands of nine Congressional candidates between July 1st and September 30th, making it the overhead at Feed the Children look generous by comparison. So if only 3% of the money found its way into the warm little paws of Republican congresscritter candidates, what happened to the rest?
Many of the same consultants she has used all along — for speech-writing, fundraising, logistics and research. There’s even someone paid to consult on “coalitions.” Travel, presumably for Palin, is part of the equation; a PAC like this is useful for keeping a high-profile nationally without having to pay those pesky airline and hotel tabs out of personal funds. And the PAC sent $10,885 to HarperCollins — publisher of all three of Palin’s books — for “books for donor fulfillment.” That wasn’t the only book purchase by the committee: A lump sum of $13,000 was listed as being spent for “lodging, SUV rental, books for donors.”
Hey, that was usefully spent money. Palin’s books were well worth the $10,885 they spent on them; I picked them up dirt cheap at a rummage sale and they make great paper weights.
OpenSecrets has also noted that many of the candidates she’s donated to are long shots so long they don’t rate as dark horse candidates or are no longer running. For instance, they cite that $5,000 she donated to Joe Miller, a Teabagger who’s attempt to unseat Democrat Mark Begich ended when Don Sullivan thrashed him in the GOP primary. Palin, however, has not donated to Sullivan, who is in a “dead heat with Begich.”
If you thought that was something, wait until you hear how much the half-term Governor of Alaska has donated to a federal candidate in her entire life: