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Friday, August 29, 2008

The Scoop on the Money Behind Palin

OpenSecrets.org has the scoop on the money behind Governor Sarah Palin, John McCain's freshly announced pick for VP.

Among the items in the report:

- When running for governor in 2006, Palin raised a total of just $468,400 on her own in 2006 and $874,000 in combination with the lieutenant governor candidate, Sean Parnell, for a total of $1.3 million, according to FollowtheMoney.org,

- Palin's most generous financial supporters have been retirees, who gave her and Parnell $96,400 in 2006, according to NIMSP

- About 90 percent of contributions to the Palin/Parnell came from individuals, as opposed to PACs, which will help to

- McCain's fundraisers shouldn't expect much to come out of Alaska. Among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Alaska ranks 50th in total contributions to federal politics, just above North Dakota

- As governor of a major oil-producing state, Palin supports more drilling, both offshore and on. Like other Alaska politicians, she has close ties to the oil industry. Her husband has worked in production on the North Slope for BP

- Palin is both pro-gun rights and anti-abortion. She's a bona fide member of the National Rifle Association, which will likely win McCain some support from a group he lost favor with after supporting the requirement that gun shows implement background checks and spearheading campaign finance legislation

Read the entire piece here.


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