SarahPAC raises $733,000 in first six months of 2009; Update: Rush wonders about third-party run

posted at 3:30 pm on July 13, 2009 by Allahpundit

Actually, that’s only a five-month total since the PAC wasn’t up and running until the end of January. By comparison, Romney’s PAC raised $1.4 million through the end of May, but then fundraising is pretty much Mitt’s full-time gig these days and he already has a polished team around him left over from the primaries. Let’s see what happens in the second half when he and Palin go toe-to-toe.

The most intriguing detail from Politico’s report:

The majority of the money raised by SarahPAC so far has come in the form of “unitemized contributions,” meaning donations of less than $200 each. PACS are not required to name those small donors in their filings with the FEC. The remaining money came through more than 700 different $200-plus contributions made by donors from all around the United States.

According to its FEC records, SarahPAC’s biggest expenditure during the reporting period was the more than $103,000 it spent on EDonation.com, a Virginia-based firm that specializes in online fundraising.

Not surprisingly, it sounds like she’s going to follow The One’s lead and turn her support among the base into a cash machine via small donations. In fact, one of the co-founders of Team Sarah has an op-ed in the Examiner today urging her to do exactly that. The only problem: Obama didn’t raise most of his money that way. In fact, percentage-wise, he raised less from contributions under $200 than Bush and Kerry did in 2004. What made him a fundraising juggernaut capable of taking down the Clinton machine was the small money he raised combined with his ability to peel off big donors and big party names from Billary. If Palin runs a true outsider campaign in 2012 and tries to win on the strength of the base alone, she risks being overwhelmed by Romney vacuuming up the big money from party chieftains. Which is to say, even an outsider needs “insiders.” Help her, Fred Malek, you’re her only hope!

Exit question: I’m told Glenn Beck was yelling about a third-party on the radio this morning, a subject that’s been on my mind lately. So choose, bearing in mind that a split conservative vote greatly benefits The One. See, e.g., Clinton’s two victories.


Update: He knows third parties are sure losers but the thought of a “true conservative” faction clearly has him intrigued.

When I watched her speech, when she announced that she was leaving the governorship of Alaska, I didn’t hear the word Republican mentioned once. If I’m Sarah Palin and I’m conservative — Republican Party’s been just as mean-spirited to her as the Democrats have. A lot of them have, a lot of Republican media, a lot of the so-called conservative media have been. I don’t know if she’s going to campaign for conservative Democrats but if she believes that conservatism is the way to go. The one thing that does slightly worry me about this is this whole third party business. Yeah, it’s remote but it’s still a possibility out there and there are a lot of people pushing a third party and that’s — Third parties, they lose, they just lose. Third parties never end up with a congressional or Senate candidates. It’s just not the way to go. We’ll save that for later if that actually begins to transpire, we see it beginning to transpire.


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The poll at the beginning of the thread left out the choice of Palin as the GOP candidate. If she is she gets my vote. If its Romney he gets my vote. Third parties always split the ticket and the other guy wins. Think Franken.

duff65 on July 14, 2009 at 1:15 PM

But I have since developed reservations about her depth of knowledge, her lack of intellectual capacity and…most of all..her ability to win in a general election.

As I previously stated, were she the Republican nominee, I would vote for her. But I don’t think she can win…and we cannot afford to lose next time around.

guntotinglibertarian on July 13, 2009 at 7:03 PM

So he swallows the MSM talking points leveled at the weak minded…

atheling on July 14, 2009 at 1:46 PM

I hope I’m wrong, but I’ve just been shocked to see the level of hatred a lot of women have for her. Way uglier than anything I ever saw for Reagan. Maybe even uglier than Bush Derangement Syndrome, because at least Bush got credit for keeping us safe for 8 years.

If she can turn that around, she’s a bona-fide political genius. We shall see.

guntotinglibertarian on July 13, 2009 at 9:21 PM

WTF? Are you drunk or something? You just said the attacks were no worse than what Bush suffered, and that it was a “taffy pulling party”.

Clearly you’re mentally ill.

atheling on July 14, 2009 at 2:03 PM

The Republican Party was founded by abolutionists in 1854 and won the presidency in 1860 and was thereafter established as the second major party. Why do we assume a new party could never do the same? I have no problem walking away from a party that has abandoned conservatism. Likewise, I have no problem staying with a party that embraces conservatism. It’s up to the party, not me.

SKYFOX on July 14, 2009 at 2:30 PM

AnninCA on July 14, 2009 at 12:30 PM

So is it opposition to healthcare or support for overturning Roe that will drive you away from Palin? Pretty sure she disagrees with you on both issues.

How do you feel about drilling for oil in ANWR or off the CA coast?

cs89 on July 14, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Ordinarily I’d think a third party run might be the way to go, but I’m still worried about splitting the conservative votes. It’s a guarantee to give Obama a second term.
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I like Romney for his economic background (you don’t become that rich without knowing what you’re doing), and I like Palin for her overall personality in dealing with people in general (americans and foreign leaders alike). So I’d prefer to see a clear Palin/Romney or Romney/Palin ticket from the beginning as the republican ticket, or even a third party ticket. Choose a front man/woman, and breeze through the primaries. Of course it doesn’t work like that, but there’s no law in not making public what your intentions are ahead of time.
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A joint ticket in a single party or a new one would pretty much require Obama to pay the Acorn scammers overtime to overcome his demise before we’re all broke.

stacman on July 14, 2009 at 3:38 PM

The Republican Party was founded by abolutionists in 1854 and won the presidency in 1860 and was thereafter established as the second major party.
SKYFOX on July 14, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Because there is a big difference in politics from 150 years ago…you don’t know that?
There are instant communication now, 150 years ago it was how many people could you sway from the back of a train. Our union was just forming so no party had a 150 year history like now.
Politicians were part time, not full time…there is so few comparisons between now and then….lobbyists?
Some one could fill up a book of differences, and few example of why things are the same.
Do you really think the Republican or democrat party of 150 years ago had the same influence as now?
We have got to correct these public schools, look what type of history is being taught.
Now, show me what has happened in the last 50 years to third parties…in fact begin with how Perot got Clinton elected.

right2bright on July 14, 2009 at 4:12 PM

The anti-healthcare reform makes no sense to me whatsoever. I think it’s completely illogical.

AnninCA on July 14, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Why do you want people to suffer and die…it makes no sense to me.
You are from CA, look at what happened to the MLK hospital, a heavily run government hospital in Inglewood.
Look at whatever government program is run, and see how poorly they are manged, and how out of budget they get.
I don’t understand why nice people want so many to suffer…there is no proof, no evidence that health care will be better under the government…quite the opposite.

right2bright on July 14, 2009 at 4:16 PM

I don’t want a third party, but this is a good threat for Palin to hold over the GOP power brokers. When Hillary got screwed by the Dem leaders in the primaries, they knew deep down she would never, ever leave the party. They could treat her like crap.
The GOP can’t be sure that Palin’s loyalties are as deep, so they better play straight with her if she runs or she tears up the party. Just sit back and let the voters decide, or meddle and risk the consequences.

Shotgun Messiah on July 14, 2009 at 9:03 PM

Run Sarah Run.. I don’t care what ticket it’s on, you have 1 conservative voter and 1 independent voter in Avondale AZ..

mmcnamer1 on July 14, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Run Sarah Run..

2 more conservative votes in Tejas.

Blacksmith8 on July 14, 2009 at 11:07 PM

The GOP can’t be sure that Palin’s loyalties are as deep, so they better play straight with her if she runs or she tears up the party. Just sit back and let the voters decide, or meddle and risk the consequences.

Shotgun Messiah on July 14, 2009 at 9:03 PM

loyalty to herself and not the party — that is the singular reason she will never be someone worthy of being compared to Reagan

Bradky on July 15, 2009 at 5:46 AM

From poll results above just as I suspected the time for a true conservative party is ripe for being born. I maybe wrong but I think that new party will have following elements of beliefs.
1. Back to the Constitution.
2. Small Federal Government Power -back to States.
3. Libertarian Domestic Policy but Pro-Life. End Drug War.
4. Conservative Foreign Policy.

We have gone so far to the left that we are in gross violation of the constitution.
Gutless judges have lost touch with reality and the constitution has been trashed. The founding fathers were not absent (minded) they were brilliant.
Free the Market- Limit the Fed to ensuring long term interest rates and not attempting to control short term economic trends. Supply side. Cut Government and Taxes. Simple one tax rate. 10% or less by eliminating- USDA, DOC, HHS, HUD, DOL, DOI, DOT, DEA, ATF….more. We need Home Land Security as a reality of times, but civil rights need protecting. Laws passed and Executive orders by Bush have left Obama with scary tools to suspend the constitution. We need some Domestic regulation but 90% can go out window as other state laws already take care of it. Most Federal regulation causes more harm than good.
Individual rights are being violated and regulated. Pro-life. A woman has right to say no, right to say do not enter, use protection, use birth control, but once she has given rights to engage in activities that will most likely result in pregnancy then the developing child has rights to life. In any case abortion is a states rights issue not federal government. I’m sorry but to be true to core values if a state gives rights for same sex marriage, then that should be respected as law. Divorce and domestic partnership have already done more harm to institution of marriage and family. Its not Federal Governments business, it is states rights issue.
The federal government cannot fix every problem or issue that people have in their daily life’s. But Federal government can very simply with out lengthy legislation regulate a few things to help interstate issues. Health insurance should be private but portable between states and jobs. Some kind of unemployment health coverage not government program and regulated by states. States should help those who are truly unable to help them self.
SS and Medicare privatized for future recipients.
The Drug war is lost. The reason there is a drug war is for stopping people from destroying them self and crime that goes with it. The Government is at war with its own people. Drug problem is health care issue not criminal. If someone wants to take drugs thats their problem. If its protecting health then start regulating every life style including cholesterol, fat, salt… I don’t think so. The war on drugs has resulted in the rise of crime syndicates. Just like prohibition caused crime, and the birth of the Mafia. Marijuana is far less harmful than alcohol. Kids see this hypocrisy and think they must be true of other drugs and that, is what leads to harder drugs. If its legal it will loss its coolness. The subject of health will be focus of conversation and that will lead lowing drug use. At least with prohibition they had guts to pass a constitutional amendment. This drug war is illegal. If drugs are decriminalized then we can deal with it on state level as health care issue. States could still criminalize drugs if they want. Its not the Federal Governments responsibility to limit individuals rights. Those countries that have stopped the Drug war have seen decrease in drug use and crime related issues. The collateral damage has been way too high.
Federal Government should have a foreign policy that is in America best interest. We can not be isolationist. We should never never ever allow our constitution to be superseded by treaties. We need a strong military that protects our interest and supports our allies who also are watching our backs in mutual support. We need a strong advanced technology Military.
In Short Freedom for Self, Others and Economy.
A new Real Revolution is at foot, one that seeks not to Destroy American but to Restore America. We need to start in 2010 not 2012. A third party would be wake up call if it took seats in 2010. Polls show we can take Democrats who are conservative economics and foreign policy but libertarian domestic. We may not be able to do all above right away but the education needs to start and first we need to correct what Obama has done.

Ed Laskie on July 15, 2009 at 9:38 AM

I think she should run for president on the Reform Party ticket. She wouldn’t get my vote though; I will vote for the Republican nominee.

NathanG on July 15, 2009 at 9:38 AM

The Republican Party was founded by abolutionists in 1854

we can thank Nixon for loss of Blacks with his southern strategy to win over prejudice southern Democrats. RINOs and pandering Republicans have done damage to GOP. Democraps have been able to paint us as raciest and anti-environmental. We need to get out front on issues of race (colorblind),environment, and true science.

Ed Laskie on July 15, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Bradky on July 15, 2009 at 5:46 AM

Reagan wasn’t blindly loyal to the party, but to American principles. Used to be a Democrat, remember his famous statement that “the party left me?” That’s where some people are with the GOP.

Oh and her loyalty isn’t to “herself,” but to her state, nation and family over any party. At least, that’s my take.

cs89 on July 15, 2009 at 9:59 AM

AnninCA on July 14, 2009 at 12:30 PM
So is it opposition to healthcare or support for overturning Roe that will drive you away from Palin? Pretty sure she disagrees with you on both issues.
How do you feel about drilling for oil in ANWR or off the CA coast?
cs89 on July 14, 2009 at 3:24 PM

AnninCA abortion is very poor choice for Birth Control, which is 90% reason for it. You just cannot kill your mistake. Roe made it a right to abortion, what about the rights of Baby? Abortion is a States rights issue. If a state wants to let you kill your baby then that would be the law. Health Care only needs small Federal regulation for portability and unemployment insurance for health care. States need to take lead on those who cannot care for them self.

Ed Laskie on July 15, 2009 at 10:09 AM

loyalty to herself and not the party — that is the singular reason she will never be someone worthy of being compared to Reagan
Bradky on July 15, 2009 at 5:46 AM

Wrong she is loyal to principles not any party. I have been loyal republican and they gave us a pandering McCain for candidate. Reagan was loyal to his core beliefs not the party. Reagan was able to change the party to his way of thinking. Up to that point the GOP had strayed far from its begging core, just as it is doing now. Pandering and following left to get votes is sure way of killing party forever. I will vote for true conservatives from now on. No more RINO compromise for me. Palin is yet to be judged if she is great or not. Stop lifting people up so high before they preform. Democrats diffidently think she is as big a threat as Reagan to their agenda. They are scared of her. I remember attacks on Reagan. Lies told by Dems about Reagan and discovered to be lies is what brought many over to GOP. Let them implode and eat their vomit lies and die as a party. They need TOTUS we only need what we truly believe. It will be easy as long as we don’t get caught up following them them to get votes. We need to educate and lead. If not then God Help US!!!

Ed Laskie on July 15, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Maybe it is time for a third party. Considering the Rodney King attitude of many Republicans like Graham who just want to “get along”, the probability of significant Republican wins is small at best. Too many politicians have lost their zeal for Service and simply want to continue gorging themselves at the public trough. It’s time to bust up their little Beltway fraternity/sorority, kick their lazy butts out and give the country back to the people.

rplat on July 15, 2009 at 11:01 AM

I’ve lived in Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts. It’s superior to the Patrick Massachusetts and would be far superior to the Obama USA, but that is setting a really low bar.

Romney would be an excellent secretary of anything but there is no way I would take him over Palin for the top job, I couldn’t make that vote, he is all talk. Think of a faithful John Edwards with more business skills. He might be able to rise to a specific occasion but I think he is more in love with himself than anything other than his wife and kids.

petertheslow on July 15, 2009 at 11:29 AM

loyalty to herself and not the party — that is the singular reason she will never be someone worthy of being compared to Reagan
Bradky on July 15, 2009 at 5:46 AM

Wrong she is loyal to principles not any party. I have been loyal republican and they gave us a pandering McCain for candidate. Reagan was loyal to his core beliefs not the party. Reagan was able to change the party to his way of thinking
Ed Laskie on July 15, 2009 at 10:28 AM

I agree with Ed. Reagan was hated by the Rockefeller wing which was promoted as the ‘good guys’ by the press. Reagan energized so many to get active in the party. Reagan lovers swarmed at the entry level of the party, to force the hand of the elites. What was called a Reagan victory would be called a Reagan coup by the Rockyfeller RINOs who do not want that mistake to happen twice, despite their homage to Reagan now he is long dead.

That is why they are trying to kill Palin now and keep Palinistas out of the convention. Palin and Romney both make the elites nauseous, because they are not in the club and do not always obey. There are others with that bent, but these two are both smart, and both have charisma. While Romney is put down as a dull dog, he does very well in town meetings where he has to wing it because he exudes respect for the ‘commoner’ (something McCain had trouble pretending)

There could still be a third party, but only after our economy truly crashes. That wave is coming but has not arrived. Right now, the economy does not hit people hard enough to make them shove the GOP into the ashes, so a Reagan style bottom up battle is needed.

The elites are ready and thanks to McCain and campaign finance reform the elites get the main voice around election time. No wonder they awarded him the nomination

entagor on July 15, 2009 at 11:30 AM

On one hand I can see the viability of a Third Party for Conservatives. There is a lot of talk about a Tea Party “party” going around. I am not convinced. Conservatives, in general, don’t vote for Democrats. Which means they split off from the Republican party ala Ross Perot and guarantee BO a 2nd term. That said, I will no longer vote for the lesser of two evils anymore. IMO – The Republicans need to pull their act together, move right and bring the Conservatives back to the party or we are all doomed to a progressive liberal government.

http://www.teapartynation.com

tnmama on July 15, 2009 at 11:40 AM

loyalty to herself and not the party — that is the singular reason she will never be someone worthy of being compared to Reagan

Bradky on July 15, 2009 at 5:46 AM

Are we talking about the Ronald Reagan who was once a Democrat and said the “Democratic party left me” … that Ronald Reagan?

alliebobbitt on July 15, 2009 at 12:22 PM

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