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Archive for the ‘Palin power’ Category

Hotline: Gov. Palin outraises Mitt Romney, rivals at year’s end

Posted by joshpainter on February 1, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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National Journal’s Hotline On Call reports that Sarah Palin led all of her potential rivals for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination in end-of-the-year fundraising, even finishing ahead of her closest competitor Mitt Romney:

Both Palin and Romney filed impressive year-end fundraising reports, due Monday at the Federal Election Commission. From Nov. 23 and Dec. 31, Palin’s Sarah PAC hauled in $279,000. She finished the year with $1.3 million in her campaign account.

Palin’s total is particularly striking because she outraised Romney using only a federal political action committee. Romney’s series of state level PACs set up in Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire and South Carolina, detailed in a New York Times report last year, allows big donors to max out both to Romney’s federal committee, the Free and Strong America PAC, and to his state organizations, which often have higher contribution limits.

That state network helped Romney outraise Palin in the previous reporting period, which covered mid-October to the end of November. He wasn’t as fortunate in the final reporting period of the year. In the last five weeks of 2010, Romney’s federal PAC raised almost $175,000 and his state PACs hauled in $36,000, bringing his total haul to almost $211,000 — less than Palin’s take for the same period.

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Hotline’s Jeremy P. Jacobs says Gov. Palin’s fundraising success shows that she has cultivated a dedicated network of contributors, most of them small donors. As for the other potential GOP candidates, none of their fundraising efforts even came close to those of the two front runners.

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Posted in 2010, fundraising, Mitt Romney, Palin power, Sarah Palin, SarahPAC | 1 Comment »

Palin Power in Georgia

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 27, 2010

The Georgia runoff between Karen Handel and Nathan Deal is shaping up to be a very interesting contest. Each candidate is backed by one of two potential 2012 Presidential contenders – Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich. The results of the runoff will undoubtedly be seen as both a victory for the actual winner and a vote of confidence for the national political figure who backed her or him.

Here  is what the editorial staff at the Augusta Chronicle had to say:

The Aug. 10 runoff for the Republican nominee for Georgia governor may not just be a test between candidates Karen Handel and Nathan Deal. It may also be a test of strength between Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.

The two are potential presidential rivals in 2012 — and have endorsed different candidates in the Georgia gubernatorial race, with Palin backing Handel and Gingrich behind Deal.

It will be an early test of brand loyalty for both — particularly Gingrich, considering this is his home state.

But it will also be a test of Palin’s power, which seems to be on the rise. Pundits so far are saying this might be the “year of the woman” — especially the conservative woman. Could be. But it could also be a precursor to a Palin presidential run. Consider: If she continues to back winners, she’ll have an awful lot of elected officials by 2012 who may feel obliged to back her for the White House.

The battle is joined.

And here is what George Dienart at the Fayette County News (h/tp Palin TV)  had to say:

Swing is more than just a dance, or a playground activity. Georgians saw an unprecedented swing during the Republican gubernatorial primary. Fifteen points of swing for Karen Handel, mostly at the expense of state insurance commissioner John Oxendine. According to a Mason-Dixon poll released on July 11th, Commissioner Oxendine held an eight point lead. Then something happened. The next poll showed Ms. Handel up by seven points.

That is a surge that would make General David Petraeus proud. In fact, the Handel surge was far less likely than our success in Iraq. As a former political consultant, I would first ask what Oxendine did to drop in the polls like that. A 15 point electoral swing doesn’t occur very often, and certainly not without scandal. So what did “Ox” do?

Nothing. He worked the election as he had every other election. He kissed babies and shook hands. He made friends and was careful to make no new enemies. He was the consummate candidate. All was going well. So, if Ox didn’t mess up, what did Ms. Handel do? She also kissed babies and shook hands, but that doesn’t get you 15 points. Frankly, she could have pulled Falcons QB Matt Ryan out of a burning building and not picked up 15 points amongst Falcon fans, let alone likely voters.

Don’t get me wrong — I didn’t vote for Oxendine. I actually voted for Handel. I’m a conservative, and I like Handel’s stance on just about everything. My intent is not to belittle her achievement. My intent is to give credit where credit is due, but there is more to it than that.

I also want to tweak some liberal noses. The tweak comes with a message, and the message is beware of the dog. The swing occurred after the self-affirmed pit bull in lipstick, Sarah Palin, endorsed Ms. Handel. After the endorsement, Handel was the beneficiary of a 15 point bump in the polls. The ‘Saracuda’ struck again, this time leaving Oxendine gutted and bleeding out in Lake Lanier. There have been Saracuda attacks all across the nation, but none as bloody or important as this one.

While Commissioner Oxendine ponders his job options, Nathan Deal waits for the inevitable defeat. This may well be a done deal at this point. Former Governor Roy Barnes is not worrying about Nathan Deal right now. He may not even be worrying about Handel. I assure he is watching Sarah Palin’s travel itinerary. When will she be back in Georgia? Will it be in November?

It’s bad enough he is a Democrat trying to weather one of the angriest anti-liberal swells in recent times, but now he has to deal with a movement and it’s default leader.

Movements are not something politicians want to be on the wrong side of, and Barnes is on the wrong side of the Tea Party. Angry conservatives are lining up their opponents and taking no prisoners.

Sara Palin knows this, and is happy to speak to the nascent movement. One sentence at a Tea Party event calling Handel a “pro-life, pro-constitutionalist with a can-do attitude” swung a primary. What is next?

Tea Partiers love Sarah Palin, but liberals loathe her. Barnes will likely now start attacking Handel and Palin. Not himself, at least not at first. His intermediaries will start making the same tired anti-Palin arguments, and then try linking them to Handel. Don’t buy it. They are acting out of fear.

Liberals loathe Palin because she represents the things that they hate — the vast part of this country that is not New York City or Los Angeles. States like Georgia, Texas, Kansas and Montana value life, liberty and small government. People here want low taxes and sensible immigration. People here understand that an unborn baby is still a baby. These beliefs are all shared by Sarah Palin. On top of that she, can clearly articulate these facts, and connect with the American people in a way that has not been seen since Ronald Reagan.

Sarah Palin actually has an advantage over Ronald Reagan — the Tea Party movement. There was a clear conservative lurch to right in the 80s, but it was unorganized. Sarah Palin has an opportunity that has never before presented itself in American politics. She is not only the right person, in the right place at the right time. She also has the advantage of a ready made and organized army of volunteers ready to take up her cause — so long as she stays true to their cause.

It’s a two way street, but she is in the drivers seat.

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For now, the Tea Party movement seems to be heading in the right direction. They are working with, and winning elections for conservative Republicans. This makes it easy for me to throw my support to the tea partiers. We support the same low tax, pro-life, business friendly policies that will redirect this nation back to its roots. The tea party also supports the God-given freedoms we are in danger of losing. Most importantly, it supports the right candidates.

This is all important to a political movement. Palin is a great standard bearer — if she takes on the role. Let’s hope she does. The welfare of our nation may depend on it.

Sarah Palin supporters who want to help Handel take it over the top, please go here to donate or to volunteer your time for phone bank and other campaign activities. You do not have to be from Georgia to volunteer – just to vote.

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