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    Red face Sarah Palin dumped by her own fundraising team!

    Campaign Solutions, a Republican consulting firm advising Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's political action committee, has parted ways with the former Republican vice presidential nominee.

    The group had been working with the Palin operation to raise money for SarahPAC but decided to step aside after a series of strategic and philosophic differences, according to a source familiar with the decision.

    Campaign Solutions head Becki Donatelli had long been associated with the fundraising efforts of Arizona Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and got to know Palin during last year's presidential campaign.

    When Palin decided to set up a PAC earlier this year as a first step toward solidifying her role on the national stage and potentially positioning herself for a 2012 presidential run, Donatelli's firm was the obvious choice to help raise money for the fledgling effort.

    "When the Governor gave Kristan Cole permission to launch a legal expense fund, she had one request: keep it in Alaska. Campaign Solutions is not based in Alaska," said SarahPAC spokesperson Meghan Stapleton. We appreciate Donatelli's good work for us, but as we have been saying all along, the Governor is focused on Alaska and Alaskans."

    Pam Pryor, the DC-based spokeswoman for SarahPAC, will stay on in her current role.

    SarahPAC formally incorporated in late January but is not required to file a report detailing its contributions and expenditures until the end of June.

    The parting of ways between Palin and Campaign Solutions is the latest sign of a divide between the governor's official Alaska staff and those advising her on the national level. Palin has struggled badly to balance those competing interests; she recently agreed to and then canceled an appearance at a fundraiser to benefit the Republican House and Senate campaign committees.

    The news of the latest problem in Palin's political world comes on the same day that the Alaska governor announced the formation of the Alaska Fund Trust, an official legal fund designed to "defend the integrity of the Alaska Governor's Office from an onslaught of political attacks launched against current Governor Sarah Palin, the First Family, and state-employed colleagues," according to a mission statement on the organization's Web site.

    It also comes less than 24 hours after Levi Johnston, the former fiancee of her daughter, Bristol, appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live" to discuss his relationship with the Palins.

    The Fix - Palin, Fundraising Firm Part Ways
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    Gee, could it be because she started attacking her own constituents? Clearly, her days are numbered politically in high offices.
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    Christopher Orr finds Palin's current maneuvers very odd:
    The obvious, obvious play for her was to move to the center to reassure moderates that she wasn't her far-right caricature and reestablish some of the different-kind-of-Republican glow that once attracted reformist conservatives such as Reihan. Instead, she's been performing partisan panders so acrobatic they'd embarrass Mitt Romney--who, unlike Palin, actually needs to build credibility on the right. Whoever is advising her these days--assuming she's taking anyone's advice at all--is hammering early nails into the coffin of her future prospects.
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    She's creating a big problem for herself by jettisoning everyone who's not in her immediate circle of trust, such as someone she went to high school with (Kristan Cole, for example, who's setting up this fund and has already been involved in one Palin scandal--Dairygate--and was a Miss Alaska contestant), someone in her immediate family (the Dud), or someone who licks her butt at every opportunity (Van Susteran and her husband). She's becoming paranoid.


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    Goodbye Sarah!

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    More of the "You Can't Make this Stuff Up" files:

    SarahPAC is so….yesterday. All the cool kids are now throwing their hard-earned money to Alaska Fund Trust!

    Campaign Solutions, the Republican consulting firm running the show at SarahPAC has dropped the PAC like a hot potato ”parted ways” with Sarah Palin’s political action committee, whose first financial disclosure we can look forward to in June. This news came the day after an ethics complaint was filed against the governor alleging that the contractual relationship between the Governor and SarahPAC is a violation of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.

    The group had been working with the Palin operation to raise money for SarahPAC but decided to step aside after a series of strategic and philosophic differences, according to a source familiar with the decision.

    The SarahPAC website appears to still be accepting donations, but potential contributors are headed off at the pass with a big text box asking them to donate to the legal defense fund with the lofty name ”Alaska Fund Trust” instead. But as of this writing, there is still no actual link on SarahPAC to the fund, but instead, a statement saying to wait for the link, and that the fund is coming soon. Seems like a little breakdown in communication. Hmm. How very unusual….

    According to the Alaska Fund Trust site, its mission is to:

    “defend the integrity of the Alaska Governor’s Office from an onslaught of political attacks launched against current Governor Sarah Palin, the First Family, and state-employed colleagues.”

    The broadly worded mission statement seems to indicate that others in Palin’s circle will also benefit from donations. The site goes on to say:

    For Alaskans, the time has come to end the siege on our government by political tricksters. Enough is enough. With the help of reform-minded advocates from across our nation, we will stand up for what is right. Your maximum contribution of $150.00 will allow the Governor, her family, and her colleagues to retire their legal debt at no cost to Alaskans and reduce the incentive for mischief by her opponents. Together, we can help Governor Palin and future elected officials turn back the tide of overtly partisan and unnecessarily personal political attacks.

    I guess they figure those dang mischiefy tricksters will decide to stop doing all that complaining if the money is coming out of the disposable earnings of conservative donors across the nation. And we still haven’t been told the cost of the ethics complaint the governor filed against herself, nor the cost of the legal advice given to state employees who ignored legislative subpoeanas in the Troopergate investigation and were found in contempt. And what about the ethics complaint that resulted in Palin reimbursing the state for unethical use of state money to fund her children’s travel expenses and lodging?

    And who is the person who has thrown herself in front of the inevitable oncoming scandal bus? Who, of all Alaskans did Palin pick to head up this effort that was sure to come under a giant magnifying glass? Who, in the governor’s estimation was the person to manage this effort? Kristan Cole. She was sitting comfortably in the Chair’s chair, during the Dairygate scandal last year, while the rest of Alaska was literally crying over spilled milk. Word on the street in Wasilla tells us that this choice is not uncontroversial. Cries of shady dealing, mismanagement of the dairy, and bullying are flying under the surface today.

    Under the category of “you can’t make this stuff up”, Cole’s mother, Cheryl Moseley King has a colorful past involving…(wait for it)….trust fund money. We can only hope that Cole did not inherit her philosophy of money management.

    Early in 2002, B.C. broker Cheryl King shocked the local real estate community and the 35 sales reps at her Re/Max Assist Realty office in Kamloops when she disappeared, along with trust fund money and real estate commissions.

    She faced charges of fraud, breach of trust and forgery, but it took until last month before the issue was resolved. King, now known as Cheryl Moseley, pleaded guilty to one charge of illegally accessing trust funds on June 21, reports The Daily News in Kamloops.

    And get that popcorn ready because Cole will be a guest on Eddie Burke’s radio show today in the 3:00 hour. If anyone has any questions or comments for “The Trustee”, you can call 907-274-5297 or toll free at 866-610-pending who calls, this might be very interesting. You can stream live HERE.

    Yes, we’ve been given a whole new bucket of fodder with this latest development. And the rift between the governor’s in-state staff, her out-of-state staff, and anyone who is left trying to advise her on a national level just keeps getting wider.
    The Mudflats » “Alaska Fund Trust” - It’s the New SarahPAC!

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    A poor, uneducated person with no opportunities steals a loaf of bread or, god forbid, uses marijuana -- Throw the book at them, they don't deserve our charity, they deserve to rot in jail. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

    A rich person, with all the education and connections available at their fingertips, causes corruption and steals pots of gold -- Let's not point fingers, it's in the past, they need our a$$i$tance to keep them free, they're not the jail type, jail is full of criminals...

    It's making me sick!!!

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    The group had been working with the Palin operation to raise money for SarahPAC but decided to step aside after a series of strategic and philosophic differences, according to a source familiar with the decision.
    Translation: They didn't want to stay on the Titantic that is Palin's political career.

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