Palin PAC spends heavily on consultants, little on candidates

March 29, 2013

The Daily Beast's John Avlon reports that Sarah Palin's political action committee spent $4.8 million on consultants and sent less than $300,000 to political candidates in the 2012 election cycle.

Palin recently launched an effort geared toward the 2014 election.

Here's more from Avlon:

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 there’s 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 SarahPAC’s Federal Election Commission filings, which—helpfully enough—were just released yesterday.

Seen through the lens of the invaluable Center for Responsive Politics, Palin’s PAC spent $5.1 million in the last election cycle (more than it raised in that time period, raising some questions about Palin’s 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 to—you guessed it—consultants.

That’s some seriously hypocritical overhead.

A Palin spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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