Looking at the Disclosure Statement for SarahPAC a couple of simple questions popped into my mind.
More than $132,000.00 from SarahPAC money was used for the book tour. Is that what her fans think they are donating their hard-earned money for? So that Sarah can promote her book? Private jets ($27,000), expensive hotels ($1700.00 for 2 nights) the shrink-wrapped bus ($13,000) and almost $28,000 for a photographer -- (fans paid for their pictures too??) Why didn't Harper Collins pay for this? Or is there some double dipping going on??
So here are my common sense questions:
If Sarah used the PAC money for expenses on her book tour, then it was a Political Event?
And if it was a Political Event, why was she allowed to 'campaign' on Military Bases??
The thing about PACs is that they are a great way for many people to contribute to the candidate of their choice. That candidate can spend the PAC money on pretty much any political expense. Getting your hair done before an event? Breakfast for the crew/family? Printing flyers? Making a phone call from a Hawaiian vacation to a TV station? Diapers for the Trig-Prop? Free books? Private planes?
A BOOK TOUR? Well, I guess so! Sarah has several 'items' on her disclosure statement that seem to be related to the book tour ... here I thought Harper Collins would be paying for that, but ... nope, looks like the PAC picked up some of those 'expenses'. Did the PAC pay for all the security at the Military Bases? (I don't see that itemized, so I guess the taxpayers paid for that?)
A while back, I posted about Bristol's company BSMP LLC; I wondered, what does a young girl, barely graduated from High School, know about running a company that does Political Consulting? Have you seen her on Oprah, talking about abstinence? Did YOU see a savvy Public Relations expert there? She seemed like your average teenager to me. I thought at the time, and still do, that this company was just a front to absord the SarahPAC funds with easy tasks that someone with Bristol's expertise could handle while being paid (from SarahPAC) a handsome fee!
Looking at the SarahPAC Disclosure Statement it's easy to see how spending money on just about anything is legitimate. Itemize an 'expense' to 'Political Consulting' and that's it! Keeping a lot of this hard-earned money, donated by the millions of gullible fans, in the family! Granted, there are no 'payments' listed to BSMP for 2009 .... but it was founded in September 2009, so they are probably still shopping for furniture and office equipment. Are the offices of the new PR/Political Consulting firm conveniently (tax deduction?) in the new house on the Palin compound? Right next to Sarah's FOX-at-Home studio?? Or are they next to Tripp's nursery?
I predict that 2010 will be a very productive year for BSMP! Bristol, being a young single Mom, has a LOT on her plate right now .... it takes TIME to learn all that political and PR stuff! And Sarah has to progress Meg into another position before Bristol takes over that lucrative contract! Will she take over writing the Facebook Notes that keep the fans coming back to read what Sarah doesn't know she 'wrote' ??
Speaking of the gullible donors .... SarahPAC received 2.1 million in 2009. Spent $64,000 on supporting candidates .... there is $900,000 left in the bank. So, where is the rest of it? According to Meg Stapleton (owner of IzzyLene Consulting) spokesperson for SarahPAC and all things Palin, they are very pleased with the amount of money taken in, considering they did very little fundraising.
But, Meg that isn't quite true, is it? The PAC paid out thousands of dollars to >Edonation.com. What did they do? Do they have a person on staff, full-time, making up Facebook identities and joining as a fan to boost the numbers? Because, quite frankly, the same few people seem to post there all the time!
However, some excellent research at Palingates answers where several of those $1000.00's have gone toward paying 'other' newly formed 'consulting firms'. Owned by people who are connected to some Pro-Palin blogs, and formed, I might add, about the same time that Bristol's company was formed! So, Meg, the PAC did very little fundraising?
Other than the Book Tour, of course. How much does it cost to have a FB page? How much does it cost to plaster the link to SarahPAC all over the thousands of Pro-Sarah sites?
As an aside, though: only 2.1 million? Wow. I spend a lot of time reading Sarah's OFFICIAL site, and her million+ fans are always talking about how they are sending money to her! I expected a whole lot MORE millions of dollars to show up at SarahPAC! Sounds to me that some of those posts about having donated were ... hmmmm... not quite true? Are they non-donating Edonation.com paid fans? Just askin' .......
Smarter people than me will no doubt go through the fine print of the statement, and good for them. I am just an ordinary, everyday person, who has always had an interest in Current Events, not an accountant OR even a Political Consultant! However, who knew it was so EASY to become a Political Consultant?
OH I COULDA BEEN ONE!
FEAR IN ANCHORAGE MAT/SU!
1- Earlier this evening, I received an email that a listing on Anchorage Craig list that mentioned my blogpost about SarahPAC was removed, reposted and removed again.
There is also a post about this blog and Gryphens on there (rants and raves) and so far they are still there!
Sarah or someone who works for her is earning an awful lot of PAC money monitoring anything that Sarah doesn't like!
Well .... it seems that the people being PAID to monitor anything Sarah doesn't like are earning their $$$ tonight!
I don't think the DONORS to the SarahPAC meant for their money to be used this way!!! But, that's OK .... I (and others) are ALSO monitoring you now ... and you can't delete my blog!
2_ So ... I reposted:
Flag it if you must, it WILL be reported. In fact, I may post on other news site about this interesting turn of events. I am SURE Sarah will be proud of you, and pleased to see this story in the nationally read blogs!!!
It's not as if CL is the ONLY place to post! As someone said on www.palingates.blogspot.com ... you're not in Kansas anymore, Toto!
I received an email about posts on here with my blogpost at http://archivist1000.blogspot.com/2010/01/commo... being deleted.
Very interesting to me, when someone attempts to silence someone else.
We know that Sarah does that all the time, well, at least I know, since my blog is about Sarah's fans on Facebook. I see it all the time, people being deleted for saying something that Sarah doesn't like.
I noticed that a few other blogs are mentionned on here. www.palingates.blogspot.com is very good, and in fact that one is also checking out the SarahPAC disclosure list! Having posts deleted from here, will make it even MORE INTERESTING to dig into what Sarah's been doing with all that money her fans send her.
Apparently, Sarah didn't think anyone would check it out? She must think everyone is as easy to fool as her fans are! Tsk Tsk Sarah, by now, you should know better!
So ... now that I have found this site, I will be sure to keep you all up to date with what is going on with Sarah outside of Alaska! There is NOTHING more tantalizing than trying to figure out WHY someone wants to silence information!
It positively makes me ..... WANT to dig even more!
Information is what the 1st Amendment is all about, after all. And ... we all know how much Sarah LOVES the Constitution, don't we??
OH .. and please, DO keep those emails coming! I love to hear from you!
WHAT WAS SO SCARY TO SARAH OR HER PALINBOT ABOUT THE POST THAT WAS ORIGINALLY FLAGGED AND DELETED???