Sarah Palin’s PAC Spent $63K on Copies of Going Rogue
Sarah PAC sure owns a lot of copies of Palin’s book.
-April Daniels Hussar
Hey, Big Spender! Sarah PAC, Sarah Palin’s political action committee, raised more than $1.4 million in the second half of 2009, but it only has about $900K left in the bank. Where did the money go? Donations to candidates and party committees, for one thing –$64K to be exact. And, of course there are operating expenses; her staff has expanded, which, according to the Washington Post, is no surprise considering that without an official political office, Sarah PAC is Palin’s only political and policy vehicle. And another big expense? Why, copies of Palin’s memoir, Going Rogue of course!
Sarah PAC shelled out $63,000 on copies of the bestseller for “fundraising donor fulfillment.” The money went both to her publisher, Harper Collins, and to HSP Direct, a Virginia-based direct mail fundraising firm that serves a number of well-known conservative politicians and pundits.
Just how many copies of Going Rogue can you get for $63,000? Huffington Post did the did the math: “It depends. Without knowing how much sales tax was paid on the books or if the former governor bought them at a bulk rate, Palin’s group could have bought anywhere from 2,173 (at suggested full retail price of $28.99) to 4,666 copies (at a steeply discounted Amazon rate of $13.50).”
Hmm, wonder how many thousands of copies you need to buy move the scale on the New York Times best seller list? (Huffington Post)