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Sarah Palin's Signed Books -- at $100 a Pop -- Help Fund Her PAC

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Sarah Palin 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.

The staff: 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.

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jsim6974

Palin's managers and agents are geniuses. They were able to take a lump of coal and turn her into a money making machine.

December 04 2010 at 9:40 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Sheila

This Palin woman is the most overated human being of the year. $arah Palin is only interested in Sarah and money. The major problem is she doesn;t have a clue what it takes to be honest and a true patriot. This woman is not the will of the people and hell should burn over if she becomes president with all her PAC morons voting for this idiot.

December 03 2010 at 12:11 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
vigoddess

When will we ever learn that the media hype influences the public in a direction that may take them to their own downfall, and supporting Sarah Palin is no different than supporting Bush, who threw this country down the tubes with two wars alone that caused this nation a deficit, and is weakening our defense system by depleting it further in a war that is the same as Vietnam? It is a private war between corruption and power and nothing else. The poor people in these countries are dragged into something that they didn't ask or need on top of their own struggle to live a life. We make the same mistake over and over again rather than see that a person who had a history of being an alcoholic with Bush, and now we are supporting someone who has absolutely no knowledge of where Korea is, and this ignorance is leading us as lambs into a terrible future; and there is no difference between Bush or Palin, for they are controlled by powerful people who made them into public figures. What does it take to get that we are falling back into the past with the lions in the arena and leaving a heritage of ignorance to our children's future? What future?

December 02 2010 at 8:09 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
gamay9

I think the world of Sarah Palin and her husband, family; but, I think she should run on a Romney or Huckabee ticket as VP, no matter how much money she has in the coffer. As VP, she would be a nice distraction and take some of the attention off the president so he could run the country. I don't mean this to be sexist; I just think VP should come first; she's young and can run for president later (i.e. when I'm dead).

December 02 2010 at 7:31 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
Toni

This is one of the tatics that the Christian Right (Jerry Falwell & Pat Robertson) came up with. Write a book, get your non-profit organization to buy a load of them, which raises your sales and makes the book a "best seller," then give it away with a donation to your non-profit organization.....it's a win win for Palin! It's a scam....a legal scam.

December 02 2010 at 7:22 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
djeaninew1066

Well, it is true that there is a sucker born every minute. The woman is a pathological liar and very 2-faced. Her slamming of American Idol was uncalled for, especially when her very untalented and non-celebrity daughter humiliated herself on a simlar show and literally stunk up the dance floor. This moron is the last thing America needs. She is vindictive and outrageously combative. Her first book was full of lies and this has her in attack mode. She and her brood need to stay in Alaska. I know I am sick of her face and her big mouth. It is the festival of the inbred between the Palins and the Johnstons. Pond scum!

December 02 2010 at 6:28 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Francine

The more that I read about her, the more that I see that she is just "a regular ole hockey mom", a REAL American, and just like me. But my book is only $75.00 per autographed copy, so I believe that I am more American then she is, plus I can see Cuba from my house in Key West, so that makes me an expert on Fidel Castro.

December 02 2010 at 6:22 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Nancy

To the person who said Sarah Palins book wasnt selling.. I bought a copy ;) Sarah Palin makes a ton of money selling her books! Michelle Obama's hard cover book is at our cheap Big Lot store for $3..Thats sorry, isnt worth three bucks anyhow. I wouldnt want it for free LMAO... By the way it doesnt look like anyone wants it either. Looking to see Obamas books at Big Lots soon LMAO!!

December 02 2010 at 6:18 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Sheila

What is your problem? Have you taken after reading Palin's ghost written book for profit gotten anything out of her background? Five colleges to get a journalist degree? Please! This woman is shallow and a loser. It's no surprise that you would want someone just like you, to plotz into the Whitehouse like Hillbillys ......forget it. won't happen and stop making Palin richer.

December 03 2010 at 12:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
zakonz

Thank you John McCaine, for finding such a nut, who can sell snow to Eskimo's. She can go back to Alaska and finish her term as governor. When is the last time a governor who quit became president? Go back and make stew and not out of Moose, they should be President. I love it when she mentions she can beat President Obama. Dancing with the stars and her daughter gets $340K, I don't think so. Romney is a real business man, Palin is a BS artist. To bad so many followers worship her, they need to get a life, or watch desperate housewives, they would get better honesty.

December 02 2010 at 4:29 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
jbahllywd2

I was at Costco a few days ago and again yesterday, and Sarah's book is not selling. LOL!

December 02 2010 at 4:11 PM Report abuse +20 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to jbahllywd2's comment
gblank1603

Pretty sure they put more out when they are sold

December 02 2010 at 8:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gail Dukes

Jbahilly... They are selling at most of the book stores where I live. If Costco was out, you can order one at Amazon. They will send it right to your front door!

December 02 2010 at 9:36 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

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