Palin’s PAC Donates to Romney and Republican Freshmen

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A supporter wears a Sarah Palin T-Shirt as Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns in Pueblo, Colo., on Sept. 24, 2012.

Sarah Palin has backed up her support for Mitt Romney with a donation from her political action committee.

Sarah PAC, the political organization of the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, sent $5,000 to Romney’s campaign on Oct. 17, according to a filing today to the Federal Election Commission. The filing also disclosed Sarah PAC contributions to 38 other Republicans during the first 17 days of the month.

Palin’s PAC gave money to 31 House members who are seeking re-election on Nov. 6, including 29 freshmen. They included Ann Marie Buerkle of New York, who’s in a competitive race against former Representative Dan Maffei, and Jim Renacci of Ohio, who’s running against three-term Democratic Representative Betty Sutton.

Two non-incumbent House candidates received donations, Jackie Walorski of Indiana and John Koster of Washington state.

Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, a shoo-in to win a new term, received a donation, as did Senate candidates Ted Cruz in Texas, Richard Mourdock in Indiana, Jeff Flake in Arizona, and Daniel Bongino in Maryland. Cruz is strongly favored to win, Mourdock and Flake are in competitive races, and Bongino is a big underdog, according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

Sarah PAC had $1.1 million left in the bank on Oct. 17 after raising $272,108 and spending $419,314 during the month, the FEC filing said.

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