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 today. 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, Tex. 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 who 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.