"Fox News Sunday" is heading to Louisville, Ky. Jack Conway, Kentucky's attorney general and the Democratic candidate for Senate , and Rand Paul, the Republican nominee and son of Representative Ron Paul, Republican of Texas, have agreed to a live debate on "Fox News Sunday" on Oct.3 at 9 a.m. (Eastern time).
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#91422 Apr 1, 2013
Palins SarahPAC Embarrassment: Consultants Are Cashing In
The ex-governor and VP pick railed against political consultants at CPAC. But her latest FEC filings show they took millions of dollars from her in the last election cycle.
Sarah Palin attempted to relaunch her political career and her political action committee, SarahPAC, on Thursday with a Web video called Loaded for Bear, 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 the big consultants, the big money men, and the big bad media. But theres an irony alert ahead: the current stated purpose of SarahPAC is to raise money ahead of the 2014 electionmost of which will be spent on conservative consultants.
Don't believe me? Well, this is a perfect time to page through SarahPACs Federal Election Commission filings, whichhelpfully enoughwere just released yesterday.
Seen through the lens of the invaluable Center for Responsive Politics, Palins PAC spent $5.1 million in the last election cycle (more than it raised in that time period, raising some questions about Palins claims of fiscal responsibility).
But the real news comes when you look at how donors money was actually doled out: just $298,500 to candidates. The bulk of the rest of it, more than $4.8 million, went toyou guessed itconsultants.
Thats some seriously hypocritical overhead.
In total, Palins PAC spent $980,000 on campaign expenses,$1.3 million on administrative costs (including almost a million dollars on postage), and three-quarters of a million on fundraising. Hidden in all of thisamid the direct mail and the media buysis consultants cut of every dollar spent.
These are the top-line costs of life in PAC era. But the devilish details in expense reports are what makes it really come alive. Palins chief PAC consultant, Tim Crawford, pocketed more than $321,000 this election cycle in direct payments alone, according to the documents. Aries Petra Consulting was taking in between $6,000 and $8,000 a month for speechwriting and grassroots consultingsomething that sounds like an oxymoron, but ended up costing north of $160,000.
C&M Transcontinental racked up $10,000 a month in management consulting, which is hard to imagine for a PAC whose job is simply to raise money and spend it on candidates. Inside SarahPAC, there were consultants for research and consultants for logistics and consultants for issues and on and on and on. It's hard to find any area where consultants werent employed.
So when Palin thundered at CPAC that Now is the time to furlough the consultants, and tune out the pollsters, send the focus groups home and throw out the political scripts, because if we truly know what we believe, we dont need professionals to tell usit was a riff written by speechwriters and informed by all tools she tried to diss.
#91423 Apr 1, 2013
Fantasies don't count.
#91424 Apr 1, 2013
Follow the money in politics and you get a glimpse of the truth. Sarah Palin wants to be a defender of the middle class while chartering $27,000 private plane flights and burning through enough cash on consultants to feed a small village for a year or two. As much as advancing a political cause, SarahPAC seems to be a lifestyle play, propping up an expensive ideological entourage.
Also buried in the report are signs of Palins decreasing popularity, which may explain the anxiety to raise a new round of cash now. Because the vast majority of the money she raised for SarahPAC this cycle came in 2011, when there was still feverish expectation that Palin would run for president. When she retreated, the citizen spigot dried up. After raising nearly $6 million in the 2010 Tea Party cycle, Palins PAC is down to just over $1 million cash on hand. While thats impressive for a former governor and VP nominee, its not the kind of cash flow that a real party leader shows. Now she desperately needs to reload her donor dollars and so the Sarah Palin show is back online, trying to reassert her relevance. But dont kid yourselfits all about the Benjamins.
I feel bad for all the Palin true believers who forked over their hard-won cash only to now find that the vast majority of it went into consultants coffers. Its a reminder of Eric Hoffers immortal line that Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.
But its really only fair to let Sarah Palin have the last word, aiming unintentionally at herself:If these experts keep losing elections, keep raking in millions, if they feel that strongly about who should run in this party, they should buck up and run or stay in the truck.
Now is the time to furlough the consultants,...EXCEPT for mine, SARAHPAC. hahahaha
#91425 Apr 1, 2013
Off to meet friends for dinner and a movie. You repukes have fun spinning the truth and ranting.
C, Judgement, countrygirl, etc....keep schooling them. Major entertainment.
If not to late, I will check in for some laughs, I know the A Loser will still be ranting and her socks. Anonymous Troll will still be stealing everyone's name demonstrating how wacko these repukes are. Priceless
#91426 Apr 1, 2013
Says the kettle to the pot!!!
#91431 Apr 1, 2013
LMAO!!! I have to laugh at people who don't know what they are talking about!
Since: Dec 11
#91434 Apr 1, 2013
As citizens of this Constitutional republic it IS our civic duty to interpret and exemplify the sprit of the law...The United States Constitution is "The Supreme Law of the Land"!
When we see our rights usurped or violated (Civil Rights?), it is EVERY Americans civic duty to DISOBEY any unconstitutional authority.
I am saying YOU are either too young to too weak minded to realize this fact.
#91436 Apr 1, 2013
Some of your CUT for space :)
Follow the money in politics and you get a glimpse of the truth... said the pUnk!
September 23, 2008
Watch the money flow. Obama dollars can tell us a lot.
Senator Obama received more political contribution money from now-collapsed mortgage banks Fannie Mae [Federal National Mortgage Association] and Freddie Mac [Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp] than all but one of the 353 other senators and congressmen who received political contributions from these two entities which were recently taken over by the federal government.
Almost unbelievably, but nevertheless true, on September 11, 2001, Mr. Ayers told the New York Times in an interview, "I don't regret setting bombs; I feel we didn't do enough."
People KNEW this in '08 ...
and STILL the 0 made it!
LYING lame stream media
did NOT put OUT the TRUTH!
#91437 Apr 1, 2013
Did he? I get it, you want the last word!
#91438 Apr 1, 2013
LMAO!!! I don't think it can get any funnier.
#91439 Apr 1, 2013
the 0 pastor for Easter Sunday!
Does politics have a place in pulpit?
Pastor's controversial Easter sermon under fire
#91440 Apr 1, 2013
Hope You & Yours are Good!
#91442 Apr 1, 2013
My wife and I were watching WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE while we were in bed. I turned to her and said,Do you want to have sex? No,she said. Is that your final answer? She didn't even look at me this time,simply saying, Yes! So I said,Then I'd like to phone a friend!
#91444 Apr 1, 2013
LMAO!!! That would be OK, if you were.
#91447 Apr 1, 2013
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I get MEAN in "barrels" ...
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Thank you RH ...
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#91448 Apr 1, 2013
#91453 Apr 1, 2013
In my country we putt dented head like you to merry merry sleep. America too much liberal pooey.
#91454 Apr 1, 2013
#91455 Apr 1, 2013
Happy Dyngus Day ...
#91456 Apr 1, 2013
Dyngus Day 2013
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