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Sarah Palin PAC Not Raising as Much Money as In the Past

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Thursday, 01 Aug 2013 12:39 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Sarah Palin’s political action committee (PAC) has for the second year in a row seen a declining fundraising figure, having raised only $460,000 in the first half of 2013.

A sizable amount when compared to most other PACs, $460,000 is less than half of what the organization raised during the same time period in 2012, when it pulled in $1.2 million, the National Review reported.

In the first six months of 2011, the PAC pulled in $1.7 million.

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Over the same time period in 2013, Palin's PAC spent nearly half a million dollars primarily on travel, consultants, speechwriting, and other logistical expenses, The Huffington Post reported.

The only donation made directly to a candidate so far in 2013 by the PAC was that of a $5,000 donation to Missouri Republican Congressman Jason Smith, who won in a special House election in June.

In total, the PAC has nearly $1.15 million cash on hand, Federal Election Commission filings show.

The vast majority of donations received by Palin's PAC came from small donors, with approximately 75 percent of individual contributions being less than $200.

In addition to her apparent shrinking funds, the former Alaskan governor and Republican vice presidential candidate's popularity has also waned in recent years, according to a Public Policy Polling survey that was released Tuesday, The Huffington Post notes.

The study, which polled some 890 Alaska voters, found that 58 percent had an unfavorable opinion of Palin compared to just 39 percent who had a favorable view of her.

The study also found that if Palin were to run for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat against Democratic incumbent Mark Begich, she would lose.

Fifty-two percent of individuals polled said they would vote for Begich, compared to 40 percent for Palin, with 8 percent saying they were not sure.

Rumors that Palin was considering a Senate run earlier this month prompted Begich to call Palin a quitter and repeatedly raised the question of whether she’s even an Alaskan resident during an interview with Politico.

Having worked as a Fox News Channel contributor for three years, Palin left the cable news network in January. In June, she came back to Fox News and its sister channel, Fox Business Channel, where she presently offers her opinion on news and politics.

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