Sarah Palin likes to talk up the importance of reversing “Obama’s destructive policies” and her PAC asks for donations to “Help Send Real Conservatives to Fix Them.” But it turns out that the vast majority of funds donated go to Palin, not to any candidates.
As OpenSecrets.org noted, Palin’s PAC is a vehicle for her to look relevant and keep speculation going that she may run in 2016. It seems to do little more:
Out of $1.4 million the PAC had available in the third quarter — $978,000 sitting in the bank at the beginning of the July 1-Sept. 30 period, plus another more than $433,000 raised during that time — SarahPAC managed to donate just $45,000 to fellow Republicans running in the midterms. That’s a little more than 3 percent.
For the two-year 2014 cycle, the former Alaska governor’s PAC, a vehicle that helps her stay in the game amid talk that she may run in the 2016 presidential contest, has raised $2.5 million on top of more than $1.1 million that was in the bank at the start of the cycle. It has spent $2.7 million, with about $150,000 — or 5.5 percent — going to candidates.
That’s right about on par with the PAC’s parsimoniousness in 2012
So what did Palin spend money on? Consultants and travel, mostly, according to OpenSecrets. In other words, herself. And if you think that Palin spends any of her own dough on the causes she espouses, think again. OpenSecrets found she has personally donated a measly total of $628 to federal candidates, and nothing in the last decade.
Color us not surprised.
I really wish she would run, but I don’t think she will. She knows she has zero chance of winning the White House and can only survive in the political scene doing exactly what she’s doing today, as a Fox News pundit who is guaranteed to never be challenged.
Her debating skills are very weak to put it politely and if she does run she’ll most likely avoid all debates in the primaries which will provide hours of entertainment for the nation and a gold mine of material for comedians who must be praying and salivating that she does run.
Not too many people have the capability to make Rick Perry seem intelligent in comparison, so I would think those who are running for the Republican nomination would want to encourage her to run also.
It’s too bad Palin decided for politics instead of being a “better Christian.” If she’d gone into the ministry, she could be raking in the big bucks from the “faithful” without having to report a penny to anyone. (At least, not until some member/s of her flock felt they’d been fleeced a little too much.)