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  • MORE REASONS TO DONATE TO SARAH PAC: So Sarah Palin used her PAC to buy $63,000 worth of copies of her own book “in order to mail copies of the memoir to her donors, newly filed campaign records show.” This is a favorite move of conservative organizations. Get donations, buy tons of your own books with those donations, and then offer donors direct-mailed copies of the books that they can purchase by… donating more! The authors get more royalties and can brag about how they all reached #1 bestseller status in the New York Times, despite its liberal math policies, and the fact that books are gay and elitist, etc. [ABC News]

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  • CrunchyKnee

    Palin wrote a book??!?!11??

  • SayItWithWookies

    Some people are smart by being smart. Sarah is smart by knowing which stratum of society to leech off of.

  • Jim Newell

    [re=505546]CrunchyKnee[/re]: Oh right, that’s the first step: get a literate person to write a book for you.

  • ManchuCandidate

    It should be renamed SuckerPAC

  • bored with gravity

    I’ll take the Sarah magazine over that book any day. 100’s more photos to love.

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    Sarah, you silly twat. You could’ve waited until your publisher remaindered the lot, and then sent you the books for free. Guaranteed profit!

  • heuristicdevice

    i haven’t figured it out yet, but somehow, something about Donor-Bookgate 2010 is astonishingly racist.

  • Extemporanus

    This is a favorite move of conservative organizations.

    This is as true for babies as it is for books, and equally lucrative.

  • RoscoePColtraine

    1. Write Book
    2. Buy 000,000’s copies of own book
    3. ???
    4. Profit!

  • Way Cool Larry

    sounds like a Ponzi scheme to me, but one thing for sure is that no way did SP figure this out herself.

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=505558]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: Silly — no royalties that way.

  • Gopherit

    Pleasepleaseplease tell me she accepted the royalties for these books.

  • mardam422

    Write book
    buy own book
    get donations
    send book to donors
    get donations

    It’s the plans for a perpetual motion machine.

  • Can O Whoopass

    Sounds like – illegal!

  • comicbookguy

    Come on, that’s not even half her monthly budget for clothes!

    And the next time someone asks her, “What books do you buy?” She can answer, “All of them!”

  • Sparky McGruff

    [re=505578]mardam422[/re]: It’s not a perpetual motion machine, it’s powered by suckers and idiots. Otherwise it would violate the second law of scamodynamics.

  • Carrie_Okie

    63k buys a LOT of coloring books.

  • Crank Tango

    [re=505570]Way Cool Larry[/re]: I was gonna say the same thing. Maybe I will, and then someone else can copy what I say, and then we will all profit, right?

    Sounds like a Ponzi scheme to me.

  • artbot2000

    Relative to the Times list, what SP nets from this is a big, fat Asterisk. Considering she’s known primarily for her Camel Toe, you could say she has a set, now.

  • Snarkalicious

    Today, we are all L Ron Hubbard.

  • Seanibus

    Isn’t this what cost Jim Wright his cushy job as Democratic Speaker of the House?

    Oh, Christ, now I am showing my age.

  • Scaggsville guy

    I think this scheme is what got Angelica Huston in trouble with the Mob in The Grifters.

  • Sharkey

    [re=505555]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Or PonziPAC. (None of the donors know what that means, so it probably wouldn’t make an difference.)

  • Lascauxcaveman

    It’s the template used by The College Republicans, developed in the late 70’s:

    1. Send junk mails soliciting donations for RONALD REAGAN*’s campaign

    2. Collect donations

    3. Send $.10 of every donated dollar to RONALD REAGAN

    4. Spend the other $.90 on junk mails soliciting donations for RONALD REAGAN.

    5. Repeat ad infinitum


    *the word RONALD REAGAN must always be all-caps, because old people often have poor eyesight.

  • Radiotherapy

    [re=505606]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Is that another one of those Saul Alinsky tactics we never heard about?

  • Bearbloke

    a-HA! That’s how the scam works!

    So, which group of madmen are to blame for the Bible spending so much time on the charts?

  • Bearbloke


  • Snarkalicious

    [re=505613]Bearbloke[/re]: [re=505611]Radiotherapy[/re]: I’ll just leave you two to figure it all out on your own.

  • plowman

    Fucking brilliant. Now if she can only become a non-profit (incorporate in Nevada?) she can avoid taxes too!

  • Snarkalicious

    [re=505618]plowman[/re]: Shit. She’s got the worshipers lined up. Why go half-way?

  • CaliforniaMike

    Tom Hanks: What about a woman showing up naked at the Statue of Liberty?
    John Candy: I’m for it, of course.

    Why would anyone have any problem with Snowbilly T. Grifter showing some ‘toe? If I were Larry Flynt, I would offer her $5 million to go Full Monty. Of course, she’d have to do it in the Hustler style, which is very gynecological.

  • rocktonsammy

    $P won’t quit this scam, you betcha.

    That super genius Trig must be advising her.

  • Beowoof

    [re=505570]Way Cool Larry[/re]: Oh this isn’t a Ponzi scheme, but it is a method to convert political donations into Sarah’s pocket through book royalities. Yeah conservatives find another way to rip off the dumb bastards that would give them money.

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    OT, but for those of you who haven’t read this, here’s a good article from the BBC that tries to pretend for a moment that Americans aren’t retards.

  • artpepper

    What, the Bush tax cuts are taking too long?

  • Terry


    Oh, bless the British folks’ hearts.

  • zhubajie

    Worked for L. Ron Hubbard!

  • Escape Goat Nation

    This is how Jesus sold so many Bibles.

  • RoscoePColtraine

    [re=505633]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: And if that weren’t mind-boggling enough, somehow they’ve convinced the Most Christian Nation On Earth that Christ himself would be on the side of the rich and powerful. Well, maybe it wasn’t so much the fault of the politicians as the stupid, knuckle dragging, illiterate preachers of the bible belt.

  • Sleeves

    [re=505603]Sharkey[/re]: FonziePAC would be pretty cool.

  • Bearbloke

    [re=505633]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: The history of the last 40 years in America was the subject of a book called Nixonland – a fascinating read that explains why teh Yanks wif teh Oldz were actually quite right when they screamed “IT’S ALL NIXON’S FAULT!!”

  • S.Luggo

    But no Crayolas. There’s always a friggin’ frig catch in these Publisher Clearinghouse promotions.

  • bitchincamaro

    Thank you Jim, for no image. Thank you.

  • RobPetrified

    All pictures?
    The Becktards are gonna LOVE this.
    They’ll be happy until someone steps on their lawn without permission.

  • Darkness

    [re=505643]RoscoePColtraine[/re]: I blame the Get Rich Quick through selling Splinters of the True Cross ads in the back of comic books.

    Come for the rotted chunks of wood, stay for the Manischewitz.

  • S.Luggo

    [re=505618]plowman[/re]: Yes.
    At 6 cents a remaindered copy, this works out to a jizzillion billion hardback copies of Going Rogue-like (now available thru Harlequin Press, at your news stands now).

    I hope that the people of Port au Prince appreciate Moosezilla’s generosity. Earthquake survivors can use the copies to rebuild schools and hospitals and dams amd provison the portable Sani-Potties.

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=505643]RoscoePColtraine[/re]: I just find it so cute that they found two people to support the idea that Americans don’t like being condescended to, rather than the truth, which is that Americans are too dumb to realize that having a statistic presented to you isn’t the same as being condescended to.

    The thing is, the vast majority of humanity is uneducated. The difference with America is that you could, until recently, make a decent living without a decent education. The problem with that legacy is that we seem to have come to the conclusion that there’s something WRONG with learning. Find yourself in rural China or India, and you won’t find the poor farmers who can barely make a living off of rented land telling you that they don’t respect a learned politician specifically because the politician is TOO elite. They may hate a politician or a specific policy that they see as unfair, but you won’t hear people complaining about fuzzy math or confoozin’ rhetoric.

    Ultimately, America’s anti-intellectual tradition will be its downfall.

    [re=505645]Bearbloke[/re]: Thanks, will look into it. For some reason, I keep hoping that I can find someone less obvious than Nixon to blame everything on, but ultimately, all the signs really do seem to point to him.

  • RoscoePColtraine

    [re=505651]Darkness[/re]: Somebody jealous that he didn’t think of it first, Mr. Darkness? The only other business idea I’ve ever heard of that’s better are these fucking coinstar machines where you take your thousands of loose coins to get a voucher for paper currency at the cashier. Their business model: give us your money, we’ll give some of it back to you. Fucking brilliant in it’s simplicity, as are the fake religious relics for sale in comic books.

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    One of the authors interviewed in the article does say this:

    “Obama’s administration made a tremendous mistake by not immediately branding the economic collapse that we had just had as the Republicans’ Depression, caused by the Bush administration’s ideology of unregulated greed. The result is that now people blame him.”

    Which is a totally valid point that I’m honestly shocked nobody in the Obama administration THOUGHT of. Politics is dirty. You have to get into the mud and wrestle with the pigs, even if it means getting covered in shit.

    God, Rahm, what fucking good ARE you if you’re not going to have anyone killed and you can’t get your boss to hire some good message people? Jesus.

  • Sleeves

    [re=505654]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Find yourself in rural China or India, and you won’t find[…]
    Annie!? Oh yes you will…

    (That photograph introduces the topic: Effective propaganda [‘effective’ is ‘works’] is necessarily true [quite apart from considerations of fact].)

  • S.Luggo

    [re=505581]Can O Whoopass[/re]:
    No, under the Internal Revenue Code, Palin’s $63,000 is called an advertising, or promotional, expense, deductible from gross business income.

    Not that I see any irony in this whatsoever ever, but Palin cabana-boy
    Paul “Howie” Rand, as a Libertarian, is in favor of abolishing the Internal Revenue Code.

    Not a smidgeon or scintilla of connection between Palin and with the word “hypocrisy”, whatev.

  • Hooray For Anything

    [re=505656]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Actually, Obama does say it but phrases it as “when I came into office….” He did a lot of it in the SOTU and when he bitch slapped the Republicans at their retreat. In typical Obama fashion, though, he doesn’t hit you over the head with it. And in typical Obama fashion, he gets tut-tutted for being partisan in doing so. And in typical Obama fashion the Republicans go on TV pretending like Obama’s been President for the past ten years and due to a lack of doing their job by the TV reporter, everybody believes them. So he gets nothing for it.

  • Ripley_in_CT

    $63,000 for her own books, and $1,000 to Down Syndrome charities. Clearly her priorities are a little off kilter…ya THINK!?

  • Sparky McGruff

    [re=505664]Ripley_in_CT[/re]: Clearly, the priorities are wrong. The Down Syndrome charities should be contributing $63,000 to Sarah, for being so gosh damn inspirational. Also.

  • S.Luggo

    [re=505633]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: A dramatization of Martin Chuzzlewit?

    “Wha?” Say the libtard communications/art history/marketing majors.

    A CIA/NSA/FBI/FEMA/Secret Service agent caught midst exploding tanker trucks and giant robots and pedistrian-smashing car chases ask the rest.

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    If a Senator cutting a deal on a bill is now “bribery,” certainly Olbermann is correct, and this is money laundering. “No, you can’t give me money directly, but give to my PAC and I’ll get a cut from the royalties to my book.”

    I expect Sean Hannity to spend half his show on this, just as soon as he is done telling us how wonderful that O’Keefe guy is.

  • Bearbloke

    [re=505656]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: [re=505663]Hooray For Anything[/re]: That’s what I was saying over a year ago! The morning after Barry’s election, every Democrat/Labour office-holder in North America should’ve used started the phrase “Republican Recession” 30 times a day. That would’ve embedded the phrase in the public dialog, but removed some of the bitter edge to it and later allowed PRESIDENT Obama to casually use it as a broadly-understood (if not completely-agreed-to) statement of fact.

    So what the hell is Rahm doing, anyway?

  • Bearbloke

    [re=505664]Ripley_in_CT[/re]: The $1000 is a reprogramming & upkeep fee for the Trig-bot…

  • S.Luggo

    Discursive crap. All others, ignore.
    Aside from the Founding Fathers (who used the life-liberty-blah-blah-blah writings of English Philosopher John Locke as a platform for the Revolution), we have never been an intellectual nation, a fact which Andrew Jackson (the Glenn Beck of his day) exploited thru populism, which appealed to the land-poor (kill the New England mercantile elites).

    Ignoring Tippee Canoe and Tyler too etc., up to the Civil War, we were big issue driven (slave vs. non-slave, or if you want to be cynical, unpaid labor vs. paid labor.) After same and until resolved in 1901, the major issue bubbling up was the right to collectively bargain. In the interim, national elections turned on such crap as accusations against Grover Cleveland as a being the father of a bastard child.

    Since then (and omitting the FDR aberration) elections have turned on personalities and images of “trust” and sexy-issues of the moment.

    Give the Repubs credit for exploiting ephemeral issues of the day thru use of buzzwords, without need to say what their ultimate positions are (e.g. to the consumer, why seek help from government to do your own research when the results obtained might interfere with a corporation’s

  • S.Luggo

    [re=505674]S.Luggo[/re]: obligation to return a profit.

  • S.Luggo

    [re=505640]Escape Goat Nation[/re]: In instalments, one book of the NT at time. Plus the subscriner got a free egg-beater after Matthew.

  • gurukalehuru

    [re=505633]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: That was a very good article, which effectively proved that Americans are retards.

  • Radiotherapy

    [re=505676]S.Luggo[/re]: Hey, did you ever say where that jibba-jabba quote the other night about the wasilla video store and the wolves was from?


    I don’t need “reasons” to donate to Sarah PAC. Thanks anyway, liberals. Your “reasons” have gotten us nowhere. I just need opposable thumbs and/or a grandchild with such.

  • Jim89048
  • Hooray For Anything

    It just suddenly occurred to me that Palin and all the other conservatives have basically taken their fund-raising ideas from Seinfeld. Just like George bought up a bunch of computers by himself to prove he’s a better sales man than Lloyd Braun, the Republicans are buying up their books to prove that they’re bigger money grubbers than the Democrats now.

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=505663]Hooray For Anything[/re]: That’s the problem, as Bear has pointed out. Obama himself shouldn’t have to do the dirty work. That’s the job of his minions; staff, Democrats in Congress, governors. If Republicans can mail out a bunch of talking points and buzzwords, Dems could certainly get on the bandwagon.

    Obama could then hold himself above the fray and laughingly use the term occasionally. “Some say this is a [pause for slightly chuckle] REPUBLICAN Recession [pause for cheers/jeers]. Now, I say that’s beside the point. Right now, we have to work TOGETHER.”

    Obama is more or less doing the right thing by continuing his nuanced approach. His minions are failing. The message is not being formed, repeated ad nauseum, and picked up.

    [re=505674]S.Luggo[/re]: Thank you for that perspective. You propose that Americans never had any respect for intelligent discourse?

    [re=505660]Sleeves[/re]: Yes, that photo is evidence of some very serious inbreeding in the heart of America.

  • bago

    [re=505550]Jim Newell[/re]: Step Two is obviously to get suckers to contribute to your PAC so that they buy it for you.

  • bago

    Aaand I’m only the 134th reply in that vein.

  • prestochango

    That was very special of her majesty to include her kingdom in her mailing service.

  • prestochango

    Who would attempt to get a PAC to buy their own book?

  • loquaciousmusic

    Is that like the 20th -century version of a retweet?

  • Paul Tardy

    conservative organizations? I hate to tell y’all but nobody reads any of those Washington books, and nobody buys them to read them.

  • bago

    [re=505695]Paul Tardy[/re]: Lies. I caught a bus to New York from DC and someone had “Game Changer” on the bus. The greyhound bus without the WiFi, the 40 dollar bus without the WiFi that they advertise in the metro. Greyhound is a fail. Unlike the 20 dollar Chinatown bus with WiFi. He brought the book, apparently to read because he had no idea of the value of WiFi. DC is a tech hole. It is also a money hole. I much prefer living in tech oasis, like New York, or Seattle, or San Fran.
    I must be a coastal elite, able to access much information, analyze, fact check, and derive superior opinions. DC is full of douche bags. Once heard people from AEI on one side of me talking about promoting teabaggers. At the same time, people on other side of me were spreading the gospel of 9/12 project. Irony asplode. Manipulator and manipulees in same bar, within earshot. Apparently I was the only one getting it all, or else manipulators chuckling softly. Brain asplode. Again. Also. It’s the only way to be sure.

  • bflrtsplk

    Palin wrote a book? She never even read a book.

  • Sparky McGruff

    [re=505680]NYNYNY[/re]: You damn elites and your “opposable thumbs”. Cut mine off with a bandsaw years ago, and I’ve never been happier. I type with a stick glued to my mangled stump of a hand, and I don’t need to hold your elitist “forks” to eat. If it doesn’t have a shot of Smirnoff and I can’t drink it with a straw, I don’t need it, thank you very much. Also.

  • southern mark smith

    [re=505681]Jim89048[/re]: Hate the signer, not the sign?

  • Larry McAwful

    This is the same way the Bible outsold Mao’s Little Red Book, so by letting Sarah Palin do this you are defeating Communism, so this fraud is not a sin.

  • ManchuCandidate

    You seem kind of bitter. I guess you’re feeling the same anger when someone told you last year that Santa Claus wasn’t real.

  • Monsieur Grumpe

    Recursive selling!
    Why didn’t I think of that?
    Oh yeah.
    I have some semblance of a moral code.

  • TGY

    Well, if the pages are thin and soft, I’d donate for its utility in the bathroom.

  • Mr Blifil

    Wait, the Amazon rankings tell me everything I need to know, don’t they?

  • Mr Blifil

    [re=505680]NYNYNY[/re]: Aren’t you taking rather a lot for granted?

    I just need opposable thumbs and/or a grandchild with a brain growing outside of it’s skull at a bare minimum.


  • Ducksworthy

    [re=505630]Beowoof[/re]: I think you’ve got it.

  • Doglessliberal

    [re=505672]Bearbloke[/re]: My husband calls them the “First Bush [Poppy] Recession” and the “Current Bush Recession”

  • Ducksworthy

    Remember in 2009 when unemployment was a like 9.8% and the news kept reporting that that was the “Highest Unemployment In 26 Years!”? They could say that because Americuns are unable to subtract 26 from 2009. That would have given them 1983 and we all know that the economy boomed under Ronald Reagun’s tax-cut and spend like crazy policies. The press couldn’t come right out an blame Reagan then or now for the pain we all felt during his brain damaged administration. The press here behaves muck like it did in the old soviet union.

  • HughJennicks

    NewSmax is giving them away to anybody stupid enough to become a paid subscriber.

  • HughJennicks
  • Aurelio

    Why can’t my right hand give my left hand money? My right hand can put money into my left hand. My right hand can write a deed of gift, and my left hand a receipt. Then we would say, “And what of it?” Yes, and what of it?

  • Oh hell to the no

    [re=505601]Seanibus[/re]: I don’t know how this Jim guy was but I do know that Sarah doesn’t really have a job to lose.