continues to mix merchandising with politics, selling signed copies of her new book, via the Internet, in exchange for $100 donations to her political action committee.
Her latest Sarah PAC filing
with the Federal Election Commission shows the committee paid publisher Harper Collins $68,717 for books and shipping. "America By Heart" came out Nov. 23 and retails for $25.99, though 500 lucky folks paid $15.88 for signed copies at Sam's Club in Little Rock, Ark.,
on Tuesday. Other than fans who wait in line at Palin book signings, most everyone else who wants a signed copy will have to go online, here,
and pay a $100 donation to her PAC.
Beyond the books, Sarah PAC distributed plenty of bucks to Republican candidates and GOP-related committees -- a total of $244,000 between Oct. 14 and Nov. 22. Many of those donations went to the candidates she endorsed
in the final month before the election.
The committee took in $468,866 between Oct. 14 and Nov. 22, while spending $581,826 during the period. The committee, which formed in January 2009, raised more than $5.4 million during the 2010 election cycle and had almost $1.3 million in the bank.
The former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee appears poised to run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. And she may be getting most of the publicity, but at least one opponent quietly outspent her. Mitt Romney's Free and Strong America PAC raised $8.4 million through Oct. 13 (post-election filings aren't due until Thursday.). As the New York Times reported, Romney also has state committees
raising money for candidates -- and his political apparatus.
Here's a quick look at Sarah PAC's latest report:
The book deal:
Of the 830 individual contributions to Palin's committee, nearly 400 came on or after Election Day. And 283 of the contributions were for $100, the charge for a signed copy
of Palin's new book. The PAC report ends the day before the book came out, so expect more book buying and selling via Sarah PAC. And this isn't the first time she's used her PAC to promote a book and the book to promote her PAC. She distributed copies of her first book, "Going Rogue,"
via the committee, too.
The 2012 presidential race:
Palin kicked in $5,000 to the New Hampshire GOP and $5,000 to congressional candidate Frank Guinta, who defeated a two-term Democrat. She also gave $5,000 each to the GOP in South Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin, Delaware and Alaska. To date, the PAC dropped more than $30,000 in South Carolina, more than $22,000 in Iowa and $20,000 in New Hampshire.
The big Alaska bet:
The PAC donated $5,000 to Joe Miller's recount after incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in campaign
spelled defeat for the Palin-backed Republican nominee, who bested Murkowski in a primary. Miller may still be fighting the recount results, but this race creates the most visible loss for Palin, coming in her home state.
Sarah PAC's expenses include payments to adviser Andrew Davis, PAC treasurer Timothy Crawford and the law firm of Thomas Van Flein, all mentioned as part of Palin's inner circle in a New York Times Magazine article
earlier this month. Not on the list is communications adviser Rebecca Mansour, though she could be paid via several of the consulting firms employed by Palin's PAC.