Sarah Palin and Obama fundraising

September 16, 2008

Its strange the effect your political opponents can have on your own team.

With the surprise choice of Sarah Palin, the Obama camp received more than $10 million in just 24 hours.

The money has flooded in throughout the month of August and beyond when reports of Palin’s attempts to ban books, her pro-creationism, her environmental record, her lack of experience, her ties with the Alaskan Independence Party and worries about her foreign policy attitude all made headlines.

It means the Democrats are seriously worried about the chances of a McCain – Palin victory, and given the age of McCain (as Frankie Boyle remarked he could be assassinated just by someone bursting a paper bag nearby!) it means a Palin Presidency would be likely.

A truly scary thought for Democrats!

This made August the best month for Barack Obama’s fundraising ever.

Back in Scotland, Iain Gray, the new Labour MSP leader has just picked his new shadow cabinet.

Its doubtful whether the SNP will be worried at all.

Outwith the coming Glenrothes by-election campaign, I don’t think the SNP coffers will similarly see a spectacular rise in donations.

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Sarah Palin and the Alaskan Independence Party

September 3, 2008

It really does seem now as if the Republicans picked Sarah Palin without a full background check. Day by day new stories are breaking as the past catches up with the Alaskan Governor.

Now the Alaskan Independence Party are claiming that both Sarah Palin and her husband were former members of their party.

Sarah Palin with Alaskan flag Alaskan Independence Party logo

The Alaskan Independence Party was formed in the 1970s. Although most activists want Alaskan independence, it is a broad group that calls for a multi-option referendum as its main policy.

From their website:-

The Alaskan Independence Party can be summed up in just two words:

ALASKA FIRST!

Until we as Alaskans receive our Ultimate Goal, the AIP will continue to strive to make Alaska a better place to live with less government interference in our everyday lives.

The Alaskan Independence Party’s goal is the vote we were entitled to in 1958, one choice from among the following four alternatives:

1) Remain a Territory.
2) Become a separate and Independent Nation.
3) Accept Commonwealth status.
4) Become a State.

Lynette Clark the chairwoman of the AIP claims that both Sarah and her husband were members in 1994. They even attended the convention in Wassila.

Lynette was unsure if Sarah Palin wanted full independence for Alaska or wanted a lesser role like that of a Commonwealth member of the United States. “It never came up in conversation,” Clark recalls. “But when she joined the party, our platform was right under her nose.”

For their part the Republicans claim that Sarah Palin was a Republican member since 1982.

It seems records are sketchy from that time in the Alaskan Independence Party. Could they both be right?

Bloggers are indicating though in these comments that there seems to be a gap in Sarah Palin’s Republican registration records: 1990 as Republican then 1995 as Republican – which would leave room for her membership of the Alaskan Independence Party inbetween. They also point out that voter registrations are pretty meaningless anyway.

The director of Alaskan Division of Elections points out that they have no voter registration record of Sarah Palin as anything other than a Republican but have records that her husband Todd Palin was a longtime member of the Alaskan Independence Party.

In any case, Sarah Palin sent a video message to the Alaskan Independence Party this year congratulating the party. Hardly an indication of someone against their policies! (I can just see Gordon Brown doing a similar message to the SNP!!!)

It is highly embarassing for John McCain.

His election slogan is ‘Country First’.

The Alaskan Independence Party slogan is ‘Alaska First’. Indeed that was also Sarah Palin’s election slogan of 2006.

What would Sarah Palin do as Vice President?

And how will it play in the rest of the United States?