How Palin's PAC spends its money

One big priority? Buying copies of "Going Rogue"

Published February 1, 2010 6:02PM (EST)

Sarah Palin Boook (George Frey)
Sarah Palin Boook (George Frey)

Some Republicans -- if not the elected ones, then certainly plenty of the voters -- see former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the savior of their party. So far, though, she doesn't seem to be doing much on that score.

In the last half of 2009, Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, gave only $43,000 to Republican candidates for federal office. That money was spread over more than a dozen people.

By contrast, National Journal's Reid Wilson notes, SarahPAC spent almost $48,000 buying copies of Palin's memoir "Going Rogue." The books, purchased from the publisher, were used as thank-you gifts for donors.

Update: A little more detail from ABC News' Blotter, including more money spent -- their report has $63,000 spent on the books, along with $8,000 on bookmarks and $20,000 to Palin's publisher, apparently to cover the cost of sending a photographer and another aide on her book tour.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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