SarahPAC: Loaded for Grift...erm...Bear!
Sarah Palin attempted to relaunch her political career and her political action committee, SarahPAC, on Thursday with a Web video called Ã¢ÂÂLoaded for Bear,Ã¢ÂÂ which presented the former Alaska governor as the new kingmaker for conservative populists in the GOP.
The video riffed off her speech at CPAC, in which Palin railed against Ã¢ÂÂthe big consultants, the big money men, and the big bad media.Ã¢ÂÂ But thereÃ¢ÂÂs an irony alert ahead: the current stated purpose of SarahPAC is to raise money ahead of the 2014 election-"most of which will be spent on conservative consultants.
Don't believe me? Well, this is a perfect time to page through SarahPACÃ¢ÂÂs Federal Election Commission filings, which-"helpfully enough-"were just released yesterday.
Seen through the lens of the invaluable Center for Responsive Politics, PalinÃ¢ÂÂs PAC spent $5.1 million in the last election cycle (more than it raised in that time period, raising some questions about PalinÃ¢ÂÂs claims of fiscal responsibility).
SarahPAC recently released a new promotional video, titled "Loaded for Bear."
But the real news comes when you look at how donorsÃ¢ÂÂ money was actually doled out: just $298,500 to candidates. The bulk of the rest of it, more than $4.8 million, went to-"you guessed it-"consultants...[emphases added]
Much more at the link. The vast scope of the GOP grift - Rmoney paying much more for ad buys, etc., is an under-reported story.