Since practically every other attempt made by the lamestream media to trash Governor Palin’s character has failed, the usual “reporters” over at the Daily Beast are now imposing their Palin-derangement on private individuals who have donated to SarahPAC — and they’ve done so with no good cause whatsoever.
The fact that they stooped this low is practically the only thing different about the obvious smear piece by Ben Jacobs when it is compared to what John Avlon already did months ago.
In response to that Avlon piece, Ali A. Akbar at The Blaze said:
No Labels co-founder Avlon has always talked past his own expertise, but this time he has really done it. Avlon takes a cheap jab, “Palin’s PAC spent $5.1 million in the last election cycle (more than it raised in that time period, raising some questions about Palin’s claims of fiscal responsibility).” Avalon misses, not understanding that PACs are required to measure and assign value not only to all expenditures, but efforts “in-kind,” and anything that can legally be defined as “electioneering” must be reported as an expenditure. This is poor journalism at best, while we may suspect it as a malicious attempt to “punch up.” Avlon needs to do his homework before opining.
Yet once again, the lamestream media is selectively bashing SarahPAC on the grounds that its non-candidate expenses for the reporting period of January through June of 2013 make up a large portion of its total payouts. Normal operating expenses for an engaged PAC like travel, staff, and consultants are a given. Somehow though, Ben Jacobs believes this is comparable to a businessman who embezzles from a public company in the sole case of Governor Palin.
However, when you observe many of the most active PACs out there, you will find how the stats line up (especially in an off-election season).
See “total payouts” versus “non-candidate payouts” for each PAC listed (same period):
||21st Century Democrats
|Non Candidate Payouts
||Senate Conservatives Fund
|Non Candidate Payouts
As you can see, political action committees on both sides of the aisle ordinarily spend a huge portion of their monies on non-candidate expenses like consulting, payroll, staff, travel, etc. Most of these I have posted here fall within the 90-100% range of non-candidate expenditures when measured against the whole.
Yet the media wants to create a “there” that isn’t in the case of SarahPAC or Governor Palin.
Rather, the true “there” is the media’s obsession with finding something they can throw at Governor Palin that they hope will actually stick. This is the same left that hacked Governor Palin’s private e-mail account in 2008 and the same media who obsessively combed through tens of thousands of her state e-mails in 2011 trying to find a smoking gun. Some have even moved next door to her to stare at her family while they fulfill their relentless pursuits to not only look for dirt but also invent it when they discover there isn’t any to find.
If non-candidate expenses were grounds for pulling donor names off of PAC reports and then actively seeking out phone numbers of folks to intimidate them or put them on the spot when they deserve privacy, then why is SarahPAC being singled out? I honestly want to know if this the first time “reporters” have noticed the usual expenses involved in running a PAC. If it isn’t, then I demand to know which other PACs they have done this to. How many personal individuals had their privacy compromised just so a few reporters could dredge up a hit piece on MoveOn, Reclaim America, Emily’s List, or others?
This tactic of calling private individuals and then printing their names to feed your scores of haters is disgusting but most of all, completely unnecessary.
If you were harassed by these alleged “reporters,” please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We’d like to hear from you.
Update (by Mary Beth):
Steve mentioned this above but I believe it’s important to emphasize the time frame they targeted: “the reporting period of January through June of 2013.”
In other words, they highlighted a time frame from the OFF SEASON.
Update II (By Steve)
Tony Lee is weighing in at Breitbart and pulls no punches.
This week, the Daily Beast contacted and harassed private citizens who made contributions to Sarah Palin’s political action committee, SarahPAC. In doing so, the outlet attempted to also weaken her organization by smearing it in the eyes of those most responsible for ensuring Palin’s free-market populist message and conservatism is widely disseminated.
During the first half of 2013, a political off-year in which there are few elections, Palin’s political action committee spent $35,000 more than it took in. The Daily Beast seized on that number and tried to convince donors to SarahPAC that Palin was defrauding them by spending money on expenses common to every political action committee. As the Daily Beast conceded, Palin’s donors were not buying the Beast’s malarkey. Tim Crawford, the treasurer of SarahPAC, told Breitbart News that since 2013 is an off-year, the organization did not aggressively raise money, cognizant of the fact conservative donors were flooded with requests during the 2012 election cycle.
“For the most part we gave our donors a break and didn’t fundraise aggressively at all. Very pleased with the results,” Crawford told Breitbart News. “It is an off year after a presidential election where every donor was bombarded with requests.”
John Avlon, the co-founder of the anti-Tea Party “No Labels” group, was recently promoted to be the “Executive Editor” of the Daily Beast. Avlon oversees a publication that declared the Tea Party was dead earlier this year before conceding less than six months later that the movement has roared back to life.
“No Labels” donors want to see the Tea Party destroyed, and Avlon’s group benefits financially and politically if the Tea Party and conservatives are weakened. Palin, coincidentally, is the political figure who former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint said had the most impact in Republican primaries. Furthermore, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) declared at this year’s CPAC that he would not be in the Senate were it not for Palin’s support in the Texas Republican Senate primary.
Showing Palin’s strong grassroots support, the Daily Beast acknowledges that 75% of SarahPAC’s donations are from “small donors” who contribute less than $200. The Daily Beast admitted they reached out to a “number” of donors and got three on record, all of whom dismissed the outlet’s assertion that SarahPAC was wasting their money.
The publication seems troubled that Palin, a figure whose star power is surpassed by few in American politics, paid North Star Strategies’s Jason Recher to organize and accompany Palin to events to ensure they went smoothly. To the Daily Beast’s surprise, Palin also has advisers, like Rebecca Mansour–who is mentioned in the piece–that are indispensable to any political figure, especially those like Palin whose time is in demanded like few others.
Breitbart News has already systematically undercut Avlon’s assertion that Palin was being hypocritical for railing against Washington’s permanent political class while having political advisers who fight against it. Palin’s advisers are different, as Breitbart News reported:
They don’t hang “for sale” signs around their necks every election cycle to field a slate of candidates to butter their breads. They don’t go on television shows while not disclosing their business interests or allegiances when attacking other candidates. In fact, it is difficult to even think of the last time a Palin staff member actually went on a television program. Again, it is because these are people who work for Palin, are assembled for the long run, and put Palin’s interests ahead of their own. They don’t have a stable or roster of clients.
The Daily Beast criticized Palin for paying her way–and not forgetting her roots–to speak at the high school graduation in Republic, Washington. Perhaps the outlet expected her to walk or drive to give that address. More disturbingly, though, the outlet harassed and pestered private citizens who donated to her political organization, trying to turn them off from supporting a political figure and organization that runs counter to the one co-founded by the Daily Beast’s Executive Editor.
That is the type of permanent-political-class politics that Palin–and her political action committee–have always fought.
Read the entire thing here. I am appreciative to him for helping to bring further attention to this.