Is Palin fundraising a path to 2012?
Is 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin laying the groundwork for a 2012 presidential run?
Some experts reading the tea leaves, or pages from her fundraising reports, think the answer may lie in the numbers.
The former Alaska governor’s political action committee, Sarah PAC, tells the Federal Election Commission it raised more than $865,000 in the last quarter. About half the money came from small donors, people who gave $200 or less.
Sarah PAC raised about $1.3 million in the first half of this year. By this time last year, Palin’s PAC had picked up only $730,000 in contributions.
Republican strategist Ron Bonjean says with that kind of money “all signs point to her (Palin) running for president in 2012.”
Palin’s people aren’t saying anything, but she has not ruled out a White House bid.
Before the campaign finance numbers, the release of Palin’s new “mama grizzlies” video once again fueled speculation that she may indeed be thinking about pursuing a presidential run.
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (“Sarah Palin 2012″ buttons sold during the “Americans For Prosperity Foundation Summit” in Clarkston, Michigan May 1, 2010.)