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Friday
Aug262011

Karl Rove Hits Back at Palin over 2012 Predictions

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Karl Rove, the former top political advisor to George W. Bush, says that Palin has "thin skin" after taking him to task for predicting she would soon announce her intention to run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

What makes this growing feud particularly interesting is that it's taking place on Fox News where both Rove and the former Alaska governor are paid contributors.

Rove took aim at Palin on Greta Van Susteren's On the Record program following a posting on Palin's SarahPAC blog that put down "any professional pundit" with "wrong" and "misleading" information about her future plans.

Dismissing Van Susteren's contention that Palin might not have been aware of the posting, Rove mused, "It's a sign of enormous thin skin that if we speculate about her she gets upset.  And I suspect if we didn't speculate about her she'd be upset."

He went on to say that if Palin decides to jump into the race, she would have to sever ties with Fox News and face scrutiny from less friendly media, adding, "I mean, that's not going to be a pretty sight."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug242011

Sarah Palin No Closer to Declaring 2012 Plans

Sara D. Davis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sarah Palin sought to dampen expectations Tuesday that she's on the verge of announcing plans to run for president.  Or perhaps, not run for president.

The spotlight is intensifying on the former Alaska governor after one-time Bush White House advisor Karl Rove speculated last weekend that he was pretty certain Palin would declare her candidacy soon for the Republican presidential nomination.

The most likely time to do it, Rove guessed, was during Palin's upcoming keynote speech at a Tea Party conference in Iowa on Sept. 3.

However, a posting Tuesday on Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, intends to dispel all notions that she's made up her mind about 2012.

It read, "Any professional pundit claiming to have inside information' regarding Gov. Palin’s personal decision is not only wrong, but their comments are specifically intended to mislead the American public."

Then, the rhetoric became fiery as if there's a conspiracy against Palin.

"These are the same tired establishment political games that fuel the 24 hour news cycle and that all Americans will hopefully reject in 2012, and this is more of the 'politics-as-usual'  that Sarah Palin has fought against throughout her career," the posting went on to say.

Of course, Palin hasn't exactly kept a low profile either, taking a bus tour around the country this summer and appearing at the Iowa State Fair, twice.  She had already talked about arriving at a decision about her political plans by September but now seems to be backtracking, saying that the end of the month is simply a "possibility for a timetable."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Aug192011

New Palin Video: Is it a Campaign Commercial?

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sarah Palin is continuing to make moves to suggest she will enter the presidential race, including setting her timeline for making a decision next month and now a new video released by SarahPAC highlighting her trip to Iowa last week.

The video called “Iowa Passion” uses footage of Palin, positive media coverage of her trip to the Iowa State Fair, and interviews with supporters to produce a video that looks a lot like a campaign commercial.

Palin has said she will make a decision on whether to enter the race next month. She told Fox News on Thursday that she is “still listening to the debate and the discourse in the GOP line up right now and still looking for that candidate who I can put my heart and soul behind to support. If I don't see that person here in short order I would be willing to put my name forward in the name of service."

The video is produced by PassCode Creative which did SarahPAC’s previous videos, most notably “Mama Grizzly” which highlighted conservative women at Palin’s events around the country.

“Iowa Passion” released on Friday features Palin greeting supporters at the fair, the former Alaska governor getting some fried butter on a stick, and being followed by a mass of media around the fairgrounds. It also features coverage from the media including CNN’s Wolf Blitzer saying, “How nice of Sarah Palin to stay and answer questions.”

The video ends with her signature mama grizzly giving a roar and a message: “Thank you Iowa! See you again September 3rd.” Palin heads back to the first caucus state that day to headline a tea party rally.

Although there has been speculation that Palin may make her announcement that day, sources close to Palin do not believe that is likely. She is still seriously considering the decision and her husband Todd is encouraging her to join the race, those sources maintain.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jul142011

Sarah Palin Paid Almost $14,000 to Decorate Tour Bus

Ray Tamarra/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sarah Palin spent almost $14,000 to adorn her “One Nation” tour bus with larger-than-life renditions of the Constitution, Liberty Bell and her signature.

That’s one of hundreds of expenditures listed in SarahPAC’s semi-annual FEC report, which was filed online Thursday. The former Alaska governor’s political action committee paid $13,708.44 to the Tennessee company Fast Signs for “Bus Wrap” on May 26, three days before her tour of the Northeast kicked off.

SarahPAC raised $1,658,897 during the first six months of 2011 and spent $1,591,520. The PAC has $1,402,368 cash on hand. In a statement, SarahPAC treasurer Tim Crawford told ABC News that the group “more than doubled the amount we raised as compared to the same time period in 2009. We received more than 36,700 contributions from over 24,000 contributors.”

The filing also shows which politicians have been the recipients of Palin’s financial largess this year.

On the last day of the mid-year reporting period, June 29, 2011, SarahPAC contributed $5,000 each to the following candidate committees: Bucshon for Congress (Ind.), Ann Marie Buerkle for Congress (N.Y.), Vicky Hartzler for Congress (Mo.), Martha Roby for Congress (Ala.), Wicker for Senate (Miss.), Lou Barletta for Congress (Pa.), Allen West for Congress (Fla.), Duffy for Congress (Wis.), Canseco for Congress (Texas), Renee Ellmers for Congress (N.C.), Fitzpatrick for Congress (Pa.), Bob Corker for Senate 2012 (Tenn.).

Among SarahPAC’s other noteworthy disbursements:

-- $26,295.47 to a Visa/BankCard payment center in Dallas, Texas, for “Air Fare, Lodging, Car Rental, Wireless.” The date of disbursement is June 2, the day she visited Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Presumably, the sum accounts for some of the cost of her “One Nation” tour.

-- $5,794 to Israel’s Sar-El Tours and Travel for a “Tour of Holy Land.” Palin visited Israel in March and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

-- $18,700 to Young America’s Foundation, a conservative outreach organization aimed at students.

-- $10,000 to Peter Schweizer for “Research Consulting.” Schweizer is a conservative author based in Florida whom Palin hired as her foreign policy adviser in May.

-- $5,416.66 to Anchorage, Alaska’s True North L'Attitudes for scheduling.

-- $683 to the Nashville, Tenn., store Nico & LaLa for bookmarks.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jun092011

Palin Scolds Media for Seeking 'Scuttlebutt'; Posts Video of Tour

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sarah Palin isn't relying on the media to tell the story of her "One Nation" tour.

On Wednesday, she posted a statement on SarahPAC.com alluding to the media's focus on her unconventional interpretation of Paul Revere's midnight ride.  She also posted her own clip reel of highlights from her visits to the Northeast's historic sites.

"Even though the media too often sadly chose soundbites over substance, they did get lots of substance during our 'One Nation' tour from the nearly two dozen opportunities I got to speak candidly with them and talk about policy, politics, history and everything in between," she wrote.  "Not surprising, some members of the media missed a lot of this due to their relentless and futile search for scuttlebutt.  So, we assembled this video to capture the amazing Americana spirit of the places and people we visited."

Palin emphasized that "we'll keep moving forward...and we'll keep reporting on it ourselves."

The former Alaska governor is due to relaunch her tour in the coming weeks to visit the West Coast, Iowa and South Carolina.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jun022011

How is Sarah Palin Paying for Bus Tour?

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The former governor of Alaska got a little testy with ABC News Wednesday when asked how she was financing her "One Nation Tour" through the Northeast.

During a stopover at the Statue of Liberty, Sarah Palin responded that she was paying for the tour through her political action committee website, SarahPAC, and that the bus in which she and her family are riding is "our own personal motor home that we've had in Alaska."

Palin, who was Republican John McCain's running mate in the 2008 national election, became visibly annoyed when asked how much the tour has cost during it first four days.

She told ABC News, "Check SarahPAC.com.  I don't know why in the world you would ask a question like that.  I'm just thinking about America and our foundations and our freedoms and our opportunities.  Why would you ask something..."

When told she often speaks about how much the federal government is spending, Palin responded, "What does our economy have to do with how much we're -- I'm not asking you to pay for a penny of this trip."

A check of SarahPAC.com revealed nothing about how much the trip is costing or how much Palin's supporters have donated so she and her family can travel.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
May032011

Sarah Palin Changes Foreign Policy Team, Hires Peter Schweizer

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LAKEWOOD, Colo.) -- Sarah Palin has a new foreign policy adviser.  Out is Randy Scheunemann, one of the few remaining links to her time on the McCain/Palin ticket, and in is Peter Schweizer, a fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Scheunemann was a key foreign policy adviser to the campaign of Sen. John McCain, and played a huge role advising Palin during her debate preparation.  He stuck with her after the election.  But now, Tim Crawford, the Treasurer for SarahPac, tells ABC News, “Randy couldn't give us the time that the Governor required.”

Scheunemann is the president of the “Committee for the Liberation of Iraq,” and is seen as something of a neoconservative, supportive of a far-reaching American foreign policy.  He worked for Palin along with Michael Goldfarb, a former writer at the Weekly Standard.

Incoming adviser Peter Schweizer is seen to view the United States with a more limited role in world affairs.

The shift in adviser might have been reflected in a foreign policy speech Palin delivered Monday night in Colorado.  She called on American foreign policy to have “clearly defined objectives.” In recent weeks she has been critical of U.S. policy in Libya for its “lack of clarity.”

In Colorado, Palin said "We can't fight every war…We can't undo every injustice in the world.”

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Wednesday
Feb092011

Palin Pitch: Help Her Feel Better on Her Birthday...With Money

Photo Courtesy - Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- Don’t tell Sarah Palin, but her PAC is trying to cook-up a cash surprise.  In a letter to donors, SarahPac treasurer Tim Crawford writes, “Help me plan a special surprise for Governor Sarah Palin in honor of her birthday on Friday by giving a gift to SarahPAC today.”

The money, Crawford explains, would be a “welcome surprise,” given what he calls the “increasingly vicious attacks from her enemies on the left,”  pointing out one quote from Oprah Winfrey who said “the intelligence of the American public,” would keep Palin from being elected president. Crawford says, “Let her know that you are still standing by her side in the face of these relentless attacks."

The Oprah reference was the only mention of the word “President,” in the fundraising letter, which Crawford writes is needed to “help elect more common-sense conservatives in 2011, including candidates in critical state races, special elections, and run-offs.”

Crawford, who also lists quotes from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews, paints the former Alaska governor as a victim throughout the fundraising pitch.

“Frankly, Sarah Palin is a threat to liberals who make their living off of a bloated, out-of-control federal government,” Crawford writes, “That’s why they attack her. It’s why they call her names. Why they want her to fail.”

Palin herself is no stranger to charged rhetoric.  Within the last couple of months, she has referred to the President’s State of the Union Address at a “WTF” moment.  She has also accused the President of “purposefully weakening America.”

The fundraising note also picks up themes from recent Palin remarks about Ronald Reagan. She delivered a speech last week honoring the 100th anniversary of his birth.   In the money-pitch, Crawford observes, “Just like Ronald Reagan before her, Governor Palin is despised by the Left because she freely admits her faith in God, is unabashedly proud of America, and fights to limit the long arm of the federal government when it comes to our freedoms and our families.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jan202011

Palin Putting out Presidential Feelers in Iowa

Photo Courtesy - Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Advisers to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin have been making calls to activists and supporters in Iowa, and key early primary and caucus states in case she decides to run for president.

"We have supporters in Iowa that we speak with frequently. The governor is honored to have their support," said Andrew Davis, a strategist at SarahPAC, Palin's political action committee.

But the calls and outreach don't represent any major "uptick" in political activity. Palin advisers have been making these types of calls for months.

Since last year, activists have been reaching out to the Palin team to offer support. Palin aides make sure to call back to thank them and maintain the type of contact that would be needed to build a full-scale campaign operation, if needed. As of now, the Palin team is not asking for formal commitments from supporters

Despite the contact, political veterans on the ground in Iowa say they see little sign of the Palin effort.

One senior Iowa Republican told ABC News, "While it is still early, there are no indications on the ground that Governor Palin is taking the organizational steps associated with mounting a full-scale caucus campaign. Directly engaging traditional caucus-going Iowa Republicans is a must for a successful effort, and as of yet, that is not happening."

It should be noted with her extremely high profile, Palin might not need a traditional organization to achieve success in Iowa. And big organizations don't always translate into victory. Mitt Romney came in second in 2008, despite an early and expensive effort there.

RealClearPolitics was the first to report the Palin outreach in Iowa, but the effort is not limited to that caucus state. There are contacts being made in all of the early voting states. While no decision has been made, Palin has made clear that if she does decide to run, she "would be in it to win it." 

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Dec082010

ABC News Exclusive: Sarah Palin Under Cyber-Attack from WikiLeaks Supporters in 'Operation Payback'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The website and personal credit card information of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin were cyber-attacked Wednesday by WikiLeaks supporters, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate tells ABC News in an e-mail.

Hackers in London apparently affiliated with “Operation Payback” -- a group of supporters of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks – have tried to shut down SarahPac and have disrupted Sarah and Todd Palin’s personal credit card accounts.

“No wonder others are keeping silent about Assange's antics,” Palin e-mailed. “This is what happens when you exercise the First Amendment and speak against his sick, un-American espionage efforts.”

Palin has criticized WikiLeaks founder Assange, writing on Facebook that his “past posting of classified documents revealed the identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders?...Assange is not a 'journalist' any more than the 'editor' of al Qaeda's new English-language magazine Inspire is a 'journalist.’ He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands."

Activist Gregg Housh told The New York Times "that 1,500 people were in online forums and chatrooms including Anonops.net, mounting mass and repeated 'denial of service' attacks on sites that have moved against Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks in recent days."

A cached page from Anonops.net shows Palin's site as a suggested target.

A SarahPAC.com technical aide said that “on our server log this morning it showed the attacks coming from a browser identified as wikileaks.org.  It has since spread to others entitled ‘anonymous.’”

SaraPAC aide Rebecca Mansour added that WikiLeaks supporters claim to be “in favor of free speech yet they attack Sarah Palin for exercising her free speech.” She said SarahPAC.com was not harmed because Palin’s staff was able to move quickly to protect the site.

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