Sarah Palin’s political action committee has raised considerably less money this year, with most of the money failing to reach candidates like it was supposed to — instead going to things like travel, speech writing, consultants, and other logistical fees.
According to a report from The Center for Public Integrity, the only candidate who received any contributions from SarahPAC in 2013 was Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo), who was the victor in a special election for a congressional seat in his state back in June.
During the first six months of the year, SarahPAC was able to raise more than $460,000. But the figure falls short of what the former Alaska governor was able to raise at various points in the last two years. For example, by the end of 2012 SarahPAC had raised almost $1.2 million, which was a significant drop from the previous year’s $1.7 million.
In the first half of 2013, the PAC spent almost $500,000, but it was later revealed that most of the spending was for travel and logistics — not for helping candidates.
Small donors still are able to sustain Palin’s group, with a portion of the funds raised coming from “individual contributions of less than $200.”
A recent poll from PPP (Public Policy Polling) shows that Palin’s popularity has taken a hit, with its most recent survey showing that if Palin were to run for the U.S. Senate against Democrat incumbent Mark Begich of Alaska, Begich would “cruise” to reelection.
Cenk Uyger of The Young Turks had something to say about SarahPAC’s spending hypocrisy.