SarahPAC is up and running!
“…SarahPAC, which will raise money online at www.sarahpac.com, was registered Monday night with the Federal Election Commission. The Web site went live Tuesday, said Pam Pryor, who worked as a liaison between the McCain-Palin presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee. Now Pryor is serving as a volunteer spokeswoman for the new political action committee.
The goal of the committee, according to its Web site, is to “make it possible for Gov. Palin to continue to be a strong voice for energy independence and reform. … SarahPAC will support local and national candidates who share Gov. Palin’s ideas and goals for our country.”
But it also allows Palin to more easily differentiate between her political activity and her gubernatorial duties, Pryor said. She can use the money raised by the political committee to donate to other like-minded candidates or to incur travel expenses on behalf of them. She also can use it to pay for her own political activities unrelated to her official job.
So, for example, Palin can use money raised by the committee to attend this weekend’s Alfalfa Club dinner, Pryor said. The elite club’s members include such politicians as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn. and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The club, founded nearly 100 years ago, attracts about 200 high-profile people to its annual dinner.
Palin’s PAC also could be used to offset the costs of attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington at the end of February. Palin is tentatively scheduled to speak at the annual conservative gathering.
“She came onto the national scene, and there’s still a great deal of appetite in the political world to have her be a part of that,” Pryor said. “Her family and Alaska come first. After that, if there’s extra time, I think she still wants to be involved and will look at the PAC as a way to fuel that to kind of fuel that political activity.”…”
Sarah Palin says the new PAC she’s set up does not mean she is running for POTUS. (It doesn’t mean she isn’t either).
“…Does the PAC mean she’s running for president?
“No, not at all, not at all, no. It’s helpful to have a PAC so that when I’m invited to things even like to speak at the Lincoln Day dinner in Fairbanks, to have a PAC pay for that instead of have the state pay for that because that could be considered quasi-political.
“Other governors in the past they all had a fund to be able to travel for things like that. I do not. But now we’ll have an available source of funds so that we’re not coming close to any ethical line to be crossed in terms of travel or participation in events that will help Alaska but could be seen perhaps as not worthy of state funding.”
Robert Schlesinger has an interesting take on her:
“…I’m less skeptical of Palin’s smarts, and I think that her critics who dismiss her as an airhead dangerously underestimate the Alaska governor. The more important question is whether she is intellectually curious: Does she want to master the issues or is she content to rely on instinct and “real America” values? I maintain that the smartest thing Palin could do now is hole up for a year or two, learn the national issues while her Tina Fey-ized image fades and re-emerge as a stronger candidate in time for 2012. But judging from SarahPAC, that doesn’t seem the tack she’s taking….”