Less than three percent of the itemized money raised by resigning Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s leadership PAC came from Alaskans, newly filed campaign finance reports show. SarahPAC reported raising more than $730,000 in the last six months–less than half of the $1.6 million raised by Mitt Romney’s PAC.
Both names have been mentioned as potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates, and the non-campaign, federal-level political action committee accounts are sometimes used to lay the infrastructure for a later bid, financing travel and winning over fellow politicians with donations to their campaigns.
The reports do not provide information on donors giving less than $200, so residences of small donors aren’t known. Larger donors made up about $312,000 of Palin’s haul, of which $8,401 came from Alaskans. Twenty Alaskan residents are listed as contributing, only one of whom lives in Palin’s hometown of Wasilla, where she served a term as mayor.
New York State topped the geographical list of donors at $61,000, followed by Florida, Texas, California, Connecticut, Virginia, Georgia, New Mexico and Maryland.
$15,000 came from seven donors listing their employer as IGHL, or Independent Group Home Living, an association for parents of special-needs children, which named Palin as a guest of honor at its gala last month.
While PACs are designed to raise money to disburse to other candidates as a sign of support–rather than engage in campaining for the administrator of the account, Palin wrote only two checks to fellow politicians: $5,000 to former running mate John McCain and $5,000 to Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski.