Do Palin’s donors feel as used as Conor Friedersdorf thinks they should? Can you believe they send her enough money that she blew through $418,000 in the first 3 months of 2012, without spending a thin dime on candidates?
Your supporters trust you. For all their cynicism about politics, they believe that you’re different: a faithful Christian with small town values and a commitment to doing right by regular Americans. You’ve used that trust to ask homemakers, retirees and small businessmen and women to send you their money. As the Web page of your official political action committee puts it, SarahPAC is “dedicated to building America’s future by supporting fresh ideas and candidates.”
But that isn’t how you’ve been spending the money.
[…] You’ve also spent $255,000 “on fundraising and a small team of political consultants.” And perhaps there’s a reasonable explanation for the $1,000 you spent at the Disneyland Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
What is it?
[…] Should people who give you money expect that you’ll make more videos about yourself that are totally unrelated to any campaign or issue? Do you think the money of rank and file conservatives is well spent building your personal brand? Why should anyone trust you as a steward of their money again? Did you think you’d get away with this just because the conservative media is curiously silent when popular movement figures shamelessly fleece the rank and file?
For the sake of your supporters, please do not reply by video.
Why does she mistreat her donors? Because she can. Palin lost the 2008 candidacy, along with McCain, and it’s been almost 3 years since she’s been a politician herself — and she quit that gig halfway through! She’s a failed reality-tv star (her first show had 5 million viewers but subsequent shows didn’t do as well so no second season), and until next year she still has a contract to randomly blather on Fox “News.” Oh, and she posts on Facebook a lot, has people write books for her, and talks to rightwing groups for a fee.
Who did she and Tawd endorse for the GOP candidate this year? Newt. And now who does she think would make a great vice presidential pick for Romney? Allen West, the guy who says he “heard” that up to 80 House Democrats are members of the Communist Party. What could go wrong? I think everything she does at this point is for the lutz.
I wonder what the teabaggers think they’re getting for their money, exactly, when they send in their hard earned dollars to the ol’ PalinPACofGriftandSnowjob? Writing out the check to her ‘PAC’ might feel like you’re buying freedumb, or that you’re supporting Jesus and the American Flag, somehow. But the reasons are probably more along the lines of this image: