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 committeeputs 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.
Sure, you’ve given to candidates in the past. But you spent $418,000 in the first 3 months on 2012, and none of it has gone to candidates! Nor has it gone to “fresh ideas.” In fact, as Kenneth Vogel points out, it appears that you spent $19,000 on a video that argues an HBO film about your role in the 2008 presidential campaign gets its facts wrong. Is that correct? It’s 2 minutes and 38 seconds long.
Do you think that is worth $19,000? Or $1,000? Given that you have a popular Facebook page, regular gigs on national television, and the ability to summon multiple reporters to a press conference at any time, why would you spend $19,000 saying to very few people what you could’ve said free? Even if the short video is worth thousands to you, why do you think it’s appropriate to spend money raised on the promise that you’ll support fresh ideas and candidates on contesting events that a) happened in 2008; b) have no bearing on this year’s political races or issues; c) mostly just affects your reputation; d) is unlikely to change anyone’s opinion of it?
Sarah Palin and SarahPAC are being sued for using iconic 9/11 photo without permission
It does not happen very often that Sarah Palin is sued, but maybe people are not as afraid of her as they used to be. Or not even afraid at all.
Sarah Palin’s political action committee SarahPAC recently started placing its logo on all sorts of photographs, often with some text added under the photos, in order to “strengthen” the Pac’s political message. These “enhanced” photos were then usually published on Sarah Palin’s facebook page as well as the SarahPAC website.
It appears that this question has now been answered, at least for some of the photos in question, as the use of another iconic image by SarahPAC today promptly led to a lawsuit against Sarah Palin and SarahPAC.
A few days ago, on September 11, Sarah Palin posted the following photo on her facebook, an iconic image from 9/11, again with the SarahPAC logo attached on the photo:
The rights to this photo belong to North Jersey Media Group Inc., and they are not amused! Bloomberg reports:
Sarah Palin and her political action committee SarahPAC were sued by a newspaper publisher over the use of a photo of firefighters raising the U.S. flag at the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11 attacks.
North Jersey Media Group Inc., publisher of The Record and Herald News daily newspapers, accused the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate and her political action committee of using the photograph without permission in a complaint filed today in federal court in Manhattan.
The picture is of three firefighters, covered in soot, hoisting the flag while standing amid the ruins of the World Trade Center the day of the attacks and taken by a photographer working for North Jersey Media Group, according to the lawsuit. Copies of the image are posted on Palin’s Facebook page and her political action committee page, www.sarahpac.com, according to the complaint.
The publisher, which alleges copyright infringement, seeks a court order barring Palin and SarahPAC from using the image.
SarahPAC representatives didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on the lawsuit.
The photo was taken by Record photographer Thomas E. Franklin. The U.S. Postal Service in 2002 issued a stamp called “Heroes” with the image.
This is an interesting development because Sarah Palin is in this case not being handled with “kid gloves”, as has so often happened in the past.
Sarah Palin today removed the famous 9/11-photo from her facebook page in an apparent response to the lawsuit.
The iconic photo of MLK which I mentioned above is another particularly shameless exploitation by Sarah Palin, the SarahPAC logo is an insult:
Our reader maelewis also pointed out that in another photo used by Sarah Palin, the “composition” which was created afterwards distorts the real facts:
Sarah is really hitting that Union stuff. At least her logo is on her own trademarked self. Now for the hypocrisy. I’m amazed that Google images can find a photo if I ask the right question. Sarah wants people to thing that her FB photo shows her addressing her union brothers and sisters. Nothing could be further from the truth. That photo comes from a rally in Madison, Wisconsin where Scott Walker was dismantling unions - teachers unions. Sarah was not on the side of unions. She was for Scott Walker cutting his budget any way that he could. First photo: Sarah’s FB, second photo, the anti-union rally. And, just to drive home the point that Sarah was anti-union in that photo, click here.
By the way, Sarah is speaking as part of the Tea Party, and the sign on the podium is “Americans for Prosperity,” a Koch Brothers enterprise. They are anti-union, anti-workers’ rights. Funny that the FB people covered up the AFP logo, and tried to imply that Palin was addressing some union members. Ain’t so.
Hello Iowa grannies, can y’all reach into your Medicare check and help Sister Sarah Palin out? Because she would like some gas money for how to go vroom in big bus zoom zoom moosefarts Iowa Trump you betcha, and it’s not like Donald Trump got to be a billionaire by spending money on other people’s jets. (In fact, he’s renting out his own jet to his own campaign, he said with his mouth, so he is “actually making money” direct quote, lol you poor old love-gifters are getting so boned.)
Merry FEC Report Day and tidings of joy to you and yours, Wonkvilleins! It is indeed a season of goodwill and thieving, for now we get tidings that, once again, SarahPAC, the long-con from our favoritest snowqueen, has stuck its hand in your cookie jar and spent all the resulting cookies on “shipping and handling” and “speech writing” and “consultants.” Sadly, SarahPAC’s haul has been halved from this time last year, but she still has had a goodly chunk of love to shower upon “travel agents,” so let us all gather round and sing hosannas to the woman who has kept the world’s last “travel agent” alive so the species does not go extinct.
You’d think that at this point in political history, the right kind of revolution would be getting started. In 2010, we had “Hide your kids, hide your wife” instead of “The love you take is equal to the love you make” of 1969, and instead of the Beatles, we get the conservative tea party.
Which is just lovely.
I’m not saying that this organization is the only one today that deserves criticism, but I am saying that, especially in light of the attack onArizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords yesterday, it has used the most blatant propaganda in recent years that is being taken extremely out of context, and purposefully so. In case you haven’t seen them, here’s an example of Sarah Palin’s “target” maps that were released last March:
Even from the most conservative (I’m looking at you, Elisabeth Hasselbeck), this caused a stir when they were initially released. In my opinion, there is a difference between an effective campaign (although Palin wouldn’t know an effective campaign method if it slapped her in the face) and violent propaganda, and these charts toe the line dangerously. I can’t say anything for the gunman himself, understanding that mental illness is a valid excuse in a court in most situations, but I am citing Palin’s campaign as a source and an excuse for the violence. Say what you will, ‘target’ directly implies something to be gotten rid of, a term that can be grossly misinterpreted when put into the hands of an extremist. When you are elected to be a political official, it’s understandable to have a distinct point of view, but it’s a responsibility to ensure your views are for the betterment of those you’re representing, not for a thick personal agenda. In that way, In this respect (and with many other politicians), the GOP and Palin especially have a lot of work to do.
Is this as good as Palin herself pulling the trigger? Of course not, but I’m guessing this horrifying incident will cost her some ironic love and some viewers of the less-than-compelling moose shooting extravaganza that is “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”. As of right now, Gabrielle Giffords, an advocate of not only the health-care reform but pro-choice abortion and stem-cell research, remains in critical condition after being shot in the head. In addition, gunman Jared Lee Loughner’s other six victims, including Judge Roll and 9-year-old girl have been pronounced dead, along with thirteen others injured.
Although I have a tendency to avoid politics from day to day and only allow my ears to perk up somewhere around mid-October, this is a tragedy everyone should be aware of and one that has left me very upset. So, Tumblr, in a sea of screencaps and magazine scans, I hope you see this and make your own thoughts known; let’s put our freedom of speech in the correct context.
I had a nice light-hearted little Pointer Sisters video all queued up for today, but real life came crashing in and made it seem irrelevant.
As of this writing, on Saturday evening, Representative Giffords has made it through surgery, and the doctors appear to be optimistic. I hope she makes it. I am so sorry for those who died in the shooting, and for their families, and I send best wishes for the recovery of all of the other victims.
I thought it would be appropriate today to share the above picture with you (if you can’t see it clearly, I’ve made it available here online). This illustration is taken from SarahPac.com, Sarah Palin’s political-action committee’s website. After the tragic shootings in Tucson on Saturday, the worms at SarahPac.com thought it politically prudent to remove this image from their website.
But some of the rest of us - quite a lot of us, actually - are determined to keep it alive on the web.
Please recopy this freely, and spread it as widely as possible.
Hey, Sarah: how’s that shooty-shooty thing workin’ out for you?
Despite her utter non-viability as a candidate in 2016, Sarah Palin’s piggy bank PAC still rakes in the donations. Presumably, this means it would give some of those donations to candidates Palin has endorsed, at the very least, right?
Well, yes and no. Open Secrets reports that her PAC is operating as usual, with few donations to other Republicans but lots of money spent on herself.
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s SarahPAC continued to perform underwhelmingly as a source of funds for other candidates in 2014′s third quarter, a report filed with the FEC this week showed. Out of $1.4 million the PAC had available in the third quarter — $978,000 sitting in the bank at the beginning of the July 1-Sept. 30 period, plus another more than $433,000 raised during that time — SarahPAC managed to donate just $45,000 to fellow Republicans running in the midterms. That’s a little more than 3 percent.
For the two-year 2014 cycle, the former Alaska governor’s PAC, a vehicle that helps her stay in the game amid talk that she may run in the 2016 presidential contest, has raised $2.5 million on top of more than $1.1 million that was in the bank at the start of the cycle. It has spent $2.7 million, with about $150,000 — or 5.5 percent — going to candidates.