Sarah Palin, the former governor, former vice-presidential candidate and current political headache for the GOP, used her personal political action committee to buy lots of copies of her book.
In fact, Palin spent more PAC money on her book than she handed out in contributions to candidates.
She also paid more in salaries to long-time associates than she gave out in contributions.
Contributions to candidates appear to have a low priority for the Palin PAC.
Such waste of funds usually lands a candidate in hot water with the Federal Election Commission.
Ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R) PAC spent more money buying copies of Palin’s best-selling book than it gave in contributions to political candidates, according to new FEC reports.
The papers filed over the weekend show SarahPAC spent $47,777 on copies of “Going Rogue” during the last 6 months of the year. Meanwhile, she handed out just $43K in donations to candidates seeking federal office.
The PAC bought the books from HarperCollins, Palin’s publisher. The FEC reports show Palin has been purchasing the book to send to donors, some of whom got a copy after contributing a certain amount to the PAC.
Palin has a significant staff around her, though she has largely communicated with the public through her Facebook page and through occasional appearances on Fox News. Palin pays 6 people for fundraising or communications consulting, 2 administrative workers — one in Arlington, VA, where the PAC is based, and one in her home town of Wasilla, AK. She has also spent hundreds on a photographer, the reports show.
But her 2 best-paid employees have been with her the longest. Spokesperson Meghan Stapleton made $54K in the last 6 months of the year through an AK-based firm known as IzzyLene Consulting. And Jason Recher, a veteran of the Bush admin who clashed with staffers at campaign headquarters during Palin’s ’08 VP bid, has made $70K in the last 6 months through his Arlington-based company, NorthStar Strategies.