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Sarah Palin, Democratic Moneymaker

Screen capture from Sarah Palin's video "America's Enduring Strength"

photo of Alex Brown
July 11, 2013

Sarah Palin probably won't run for Senate, but Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, likely doesn't mind the chatter that she's considering joining the race.

Few Republicans -- other than perhaps Michele Bachmann -- engender a more viscerally negative response among Democrats, or a more positive response among the Tea Party base, than Palin does. That makes her a valuable commodity both to Fox News and, counterintuitively, Democratic politicians. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., sent out an email pitch Wednesday with the subject line "Senator Palin?", a thought sure to give nightmares to many on the left. Stabenow's email warns that Begich will be a "top target" and "the SuperPACs and right-wing activists will pour millions of dollars into Alaska to finance [Palin's] campaign."

Stabenow asked for $10 donations to help Begich ward off Palin's bid. That money will spend just as well when Palin inevitably rules out a race.

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