Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Sarah Palin gave at least $507,000 to candidates and political causes in 2010 as she earned a reputation as kingmaker and raised her profile ahead of a possible presidential run.
The biggest chunk of that money, about $306,500, was doled out in the month leading to the Nov. 2 general election by her political action committee, SarahPAC, filings with the Federal Election Commission show.
Her latest filing Tuesday showed contributions of nearly $465,000 between Oct. 14 and Nov. 22. During that period, Palin gave $244,000 to conservative candidates, state Republican parties and ballot fights.
Palin gave $5,000 each to Renee Ellmers successful recount effort in a North Carolina U.S. House race and Joe Miller's legal fight in Alaska's still-disputed U.S. Senate race.
For the year, she raised more than $3 million. She ended the latest reporting period with nearly $1.3 million on hand.