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FEC Filing Shows Palin Gave $87,500 to Candidates

A report filed with the Federal Elections Commission Sunday shows Sarah Palin's political action committee contributed at least $87,500 to candidates she's endorsed in the last few months.

But the financial disclosure filed by SarahPAC also shows Palin spending more than $210,000 on consulting.

Republican candidates receiving money from Palin for the period covering April 1 to June 30 include former Gov. Terry Branstad in the recent Republican gubernatorial primary in Iowa, and Joe Miller, who's challenging Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the August Republican primary. Each received $5,000.

Among Palin's other high-profile endorsements: Republican Carly Fiorina, who's running for the U.S. Senate from California, received $2,500. But Nikki Haley, who's running for governor in South Carolina and for whom Palin made a campaign appearance, got no money, according to the filings.

Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, has been mentioned as a possible contender for the 2012 presidential nomination.

She hasn't ruled out a bid. Aides have maintained that her focus is on this year's elections and on getting conservative candidates elected.

Although Palin has supported tea party favorites across the country, her endorsement of Branstad was a nod to the more mainstream candidate. If Branstad defeats his Democratic opponent this fall, he'll be a much sought-after political ally among 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls, given his state's historical role as the leadoff caucus in the nomination process.

Palin served as Alaska governor from 2007 until July 2009, when she resigned with 17 months left in her term.

Palin entered the reporting period with over $916,000 on hand. She received more than $865,800 in contributions, and ended the period with over $1 million on hand, according to the filings.

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