Sarah Palin hits Washington on Friday to headline a sold out fundraiser for an anti-abortion group, the Susan B. Anthony List at the Ronald Reagan Building, down the street from the White House.
Meanwhile, Palin is readying her second book, due out in November, titled, "America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag."
Palin is such a draw that the annual Susan B. Anthony event was revamped from a tea to a larger "Celebration of Life Breakfast," with some 550 attending, the most the room can hold. Tickets range from $150 to $25,000, which includes a VIP reception. A spokesman for the group told me Palin is not charging for her appearance.
"We are thrilled that Governor Palin will be joining the Susan B. Anthony List for our May fundraiser," said General Chairman Jane Abraham in a statement. "As a mother, wife, and successful leader -- she embodies what it means to be a pro-life feminist today. From moms at the PTA to women leaders in the boardroom, Sarah Palin continues to serve as a role model for what it means to be a true American woman leader, and we are honored to have her stand with us."
GIANNOULIAS MAKING PALIN AN ISSUE IN ILLINOIS SENATE CONTEST
Palin was to be the star at a Wednesday night fundraiser in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont for the Illinois Republican Party. Tickets ran from $500 to $25,000 for the VIP treatment. GOP Senate nominee Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R-Ill.) planned to skip the fundraiser, saying he needs to be Washington. Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias is trying to capitalize on Kirk's absence.
During the primary, when Kirk was challenged from the right, he sought Palin's backing. But in a general election contest, Palin's embrace is not kind of help Kirk wants, as he looks for Democratic and crossover voters in an effort to to prevail in the heavily Democratic state. Kirk is running a bit ahead of Giannoulias in polls.
"Mark Kirk may be keeping his physical or geographic distance from Sarah Palin, but if you look at what he says and where stands when it comes to opposing and obstructing President Obama's agenda, they might as well be walking arm-in-arm," said Giannoulias spokesman Matt McGrath in a statement. Earlier on Wednesday, the Giannoulias campaign posted a web video using tape of Kirk praising Palin in 2008 after Sen. John McCain picked her to be his vice presidential running mate.
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