Update: There's a longer story about the SarahPAC fundraising on the homepage.
From Erika Bolstad in Washington D.C. --
Gov. Sarah Palin's political action committee sent out an e-mail today, soliciting contributions tomorrow. June 30 is deadline for reporting donations to the PAC from the first half of the year. ("Please give before June 30th. Your help is critical," the e-mail from the PAC notes.)
"SarahPAC needs to be in the position to help fund candidates who are going to fight for what we all believe - smaller government, less spending, and fewer taxes," writes the head of SarahPAC, Meg Stapleton. "With your help, we can take the Governor's message and encourage others who also have hope and are firmly rooted in the conservative belief that you know how best to spend your money and not government."
This is the second big push for money from Team Palin this month -- the governor's friends and supporters recently held an online appeal to help her pay as much as $600,000 in legal bills.
The PAC push is pretty common. Most PACs are cranking out the solicitations today, the day before their reporting deadline, so they have as much money as possible when they release their reports July 31. Palin's performance as a fundraiser matters in that it's a sign of future political viability, said GOP fundraiser Steve Gordon. "She has to do well so she’s graded well," he said.
The full text of the e-mail, after the jump:
From: Meghan Stapleton, SarahPAC
To: SarahPAC Supporters
Greetings from Alaska where the fish are running and the sun is shining late!
Not long ago, I had the opportunity to spend time with Governor Palin as we visited Central New York, Manhattan, Long Island, Washington, D.C. and Texas.
It never ceases to amaze me that every time we travel together, virtually every moment of her time is spent talking to and caring for others, while listening to and learning from them as well - like brave, young Robert whose life we celebrated at the Autism Speaks Walk or the historical voices of the strong men and women upon whose shoulders we stand, including Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony and former Secretary William H. Seward.
Below, I attached a quick note from the Governor which she penned before leaving the country last week. I am attaching it to this memo because I am asking you to help Governor Palin and SarahPAC today!
You have been so incredibly supportive and generous, and now we ask you again for your help - and we ask that you please also encourage your friends and family to give.
SarahPAC needs to be in the position to help fund candidates who are going to fight for what we all believe - smaller government, less spending, and fewer taxes. With your help, we can take the Governor's message and encourage others who also have hope and are firmly rooted in the conservative belief that you know how best to spend your money and not government.
SarahPAC can't do that without your help. Please visit this link and give to SarahPAC today - and encourage others to do so as well.
P.S. Please give before June 30th. Your help is critical. Visit this link to give!
Dear SarahPAC Supporter:
I wanted to drop you a quick note about my trip earlier this month - a whirlwind tour and an opportunity to share a bit more about Alaska. (I am writing this before heading overseas to visit our Troops; I know that will be a most inspiring journey!)
It is such a treat to talk to everyone about Alaska and hear stories of fishing, hunting, and camping. And it thrills me to hear from those who wish to visit our beautiful state! Alaska has much to offer - from her magnificent glaciers to her abundant natural resources to fuel our homes and businesses.
When we travel outside Alaska, the hospitality is always overwhelming, and Todd and I so enjoyed meeting many new people on our recent trip to the Lower 48 - all emblematic of so many across this country who are willing to give of time, energy and effort to help one another.
It was thrilling to see the look on both young and old faces as I traveled to New York, Washington, D.C. and Texas. Words can never express the incredible spirit of all those who dedicate their lives to making even one life more comfortable.
Todd and I always recognize how grateful and proud we are to be citizens of the United States. We are so very blessed.
With an Alaska Heart,