FEC Letter to Sarah Palin Asks Her to Explain SarahPAC’s Spending

Posted November 12, 2010 at 3:48pm

It looks like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R) political action committee needs a calculator.

In a Nov. 11 letter, the Federal Election Commission writes that it is seeking a half-dozen clarifications from SarahPAC, including corrections to the political action committee’s year-to-date calculations of cash it received, as well as a cash-on-hand figure for the period.

The FEC also seeks additional information on various expenditures made by the campaign and shown on its October quarterly report on fundraising services and “public communications … or vote drive activity.”

Among those line items were photography, postage, printing, and media and political consulting.

“Please clarify whether this activity contained express advocacy and amend your report to property disclose this activity, if necessary,” the FEC wrote.

The November letter marks the sixth request for additional information the FEC has issued to the Palin campaign since it organized in January 2009.

According to data compiled by CQ MoneyLine, SarahPAC has raised $4.9 million this cycle and spent nearly $3.6 million. The PAC has contributed $276,000 to candidates.