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Palin Raises $1.2 Million for PAC, Angle Raises $14 Million in 3 Months

October 12, 2010

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin raised more than $1.2 million for her political action committee during the last quarter, doling out money to tea party candidates but spending much of the money on consultants and travel. Fellow female GOP member Sharron Angle raised $14 million during the same period.

The financial disclosure, filed Tuesday by her SarahPAC, shows the 2008 vice presidential candidate and potential 2012 presidential contender spent about $1 million during that time, much of it for consulting in areas including coalitions, media, international affairs and finance.

She also gave money to about 15 candidates, including $10,000 to U.S. Senate hopefuls Christine O’Donnell of Delaware and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.

She contributed $10,000 to Joe Miller, a political upstart in her home state who upset U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the GOP primary and is seeking to turn back Murkowski’s write-in candidacy in the Nov. 2 election. He received his first $5,000 during the primary, and it showed up on Palin’s previous filing.

The Federal Election Commission allows for PACs to give up to $5,000 per candidate committee per election. Palin has said repeatedly that her immediate focus is on the midterm elections and on getting elected candidates she considers “commonsense conservatives.”

Other candidates getting money included U.S. Senate hopefuls Marco Rubio of Florida and John Hoeven of North Dakota, each with $5,000; Sharron Angle of Nevada and Rand Paul in Kentucky.

Palin also gave $10,000 to the Iowa Republican Party, donations that coincided with her unity speech at the party’s largest annual fundraiser last month.

Her filing shows she ended the period Sept. 30 with nearly $1.3 million on hand.

UPDATE:

Palin’s fundraising efforts, however, may be overshadowed by Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle, who has raised $14 million in three months in her bid to oust Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The cascade of cash Angle took in between July and September is a worrying sign for the Democratic leader, who is locked in a dead heat with the Republican challenger.

Angle‘s campaign Tuesday did not immediately release figures showing how much money she had left in the bank for the campaign’s stretch run.

Reid has said he intends to raise $25 million for the race.

His campaign has not yet released its fundraising numbers for the third quarter.

Angle was once a little-known former legislator whose come from behind victory in the June primary made her a national tea party star.

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