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February 12, 2016

Small Donors, Retirees Still Fuel Palin

Former Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin is covering her ongoing political expenses with the help of retirees and others providing small donations to her PAC.

Sarah PAC, the political action committee of Sarah Palin, the former Republican nominee for Vice President in 2008, reported it had receipts of $460,648 and disbursements of $576,242 during the second quarter of 2014, leaving $970,939 cash on hand as of June 30th.

The PAC receipts included $335,408 from individuals contributing $200 or less. Of the $123,548 from 521 individuals giving more than $200, over 250 of them were listed as “retired.” Of the those itemized contributions, $27,426 came from California, and $15,261 came from Texas.

The PAC spent $240,023 on direct mail and postage; $50,597 on air travel; $22,443 on legal fees; among other expenses.

Sarah PAC contributed $40,000 to federal candidates during the quarter. This included $5,000 each to U.S. Senate candidates Ben Sasse, R-Neb.; Chris McDaniel, R-Miss.; Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; and Rob Maness, R-La.  The PAC also gave $5,000 to U.S. House candidates Dave Brat, R-Va.; Taylor Griffin, R-N.C.; Steve Lonegan, R-N.J.; and Dan Bongino, R-Md.

To search detailed money-in-politics databases, visit Political MoneyLine.

  • Robert Price Rifkin

    2016 is Off and Running!

    from the
    desk: Is it me or has the political world gone off it’s axis? It used to be
    that presidential campaign began about six months before the national elections
    and before you were really exhausted by all the political blather, it was time
    to inaugurate the new Chief Executive. Americans had other preoccupations and
    presidential campaigns were a once-in-four-years Constitutional requirement to
    keep the ship of state afloat.

    good, old days.

    came the advent of twenty-four hour cable television news and twenty-four-hour
    social media and twenty-four-hour talk radio. And before anyone knew what had
    happened, the subject of the day–of every day–became the next presidential
    election. It made no difference that the ink was barely dried on the present
    election. The gears were greased and the names were already being floated, even
    as the new president was taking the oath of office.

    every election cycle has gotten worse than the one that came before it. Now we
    are faced with three years–three years–of non-stop presidential campaigning
    (mostly by candidates that refuse to acknowledge that they are running for
    president, even while they make sure to make these assertions in the most
    public venues).

    used to be that running for president required a candidate to actually get out
    and meet the voters. He or she had to trek endlessly across the fifty states
    and spend truckloads of cash to get the word out. Now, with social media and
    CNN, FOX and MSNBC, all they have to do is make an announcement
    and–presto!-three hundred million people know about the decision.

    brings it all back to the American electorate, to our patience and weariness
    with the manufactured sound bites that have taken over our political

    ready, America, the 2016 Presidential election has officially begun. It may
    seem like Spring of 2014 but the next three years are going to fly by in a
    flash. Unless you turn off your computers and televisions and radios and stop
    reading newspapers and magazines, if you still know what those are.

  • Robert Price Rifkin

    Maybe It’s Time to Limit Presidential Terms

    Being president of the United States is a lot like
    being the neighborhood used car salesman. You may be very good at what you do;
    you may have graduated from the Senate or the State house with all kinds of
    experience and knowledge and friends; you may be wildly popular at the time of
    the election. I talk about this on my political weblog

    But it’s that rare president who manages to keep the
    allegiance of the voters after the first 365 days in office. There’s something
    inherently rotten in the set up. Let’s face it, even the most accomplished of
    men and women seem to be no match for the kind of work that demands the right decision
    one hundred per cent of the time. They don’t call it the World’s Toughest Job
    for no reason. It’s not just tough, it’s incomprehensibly impossible to pull
    off with any real measure of success.

    Name the two or three best presidents in the last
    fifty years, then look closely at their records and their poll numbers. Reagan
    suffered in office, Bush suffered in office, Clinton suffered in office–they
    all did; they all had wide swings in popularity and long, drawn-out, awful
    periods of challenge they just didn’t seem up to. Iran-Contra, Monicagate,
    Iraq. Yet all of these presidents were around for eight years, two terms, an
    eternity in political years. And maybe that’s the problem.

    We let our Chief Execs hangs around long past their
    sell-by dates and that’s no one’s fault but our own, because we could change the
    law that lets them do that. It wouldn’t be an easy process but maybe its time
    to consider the efficacy of just such a sweeping modification to our

    Four years in the kind of high-pressure cooker that
    is the White House is more than enough for any reasonable, solid citizen. You
    can only ask so much of your public servants and four years is about right. If
    you have any doubts about that, take a look at the second terms of even our
    most accomplished presidents. Second terms are infamous for the toll they take
    on our leaders, the psychological and emotional tax. In the recent past, there
    no longer seems to be any such thing as a successful second act in the
    president business. It’s just a fact.

    Maybe it’s time to give out those mandatory fifth
    year vacations. We’d all probably feel refreshed. That is, if we can figure out
    a way to stop those three year presidential campaigns…

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