Since Sarah Palin was in Missoula today, it is a fitting time for a quick analysis of the latest Vanity Fair article on Palin that everyone is talking about, and how it relates to us.
The 10,000 word article has some salacious details and attempts to make some further revelations into Palin’s character and motivation, but what was most interesting was the revelation of how the financing for Sarah Palin’s speaking tours are structured. It’s worth reading the article, but essentially here’s how they say it works.
Sarah Palin decides to have an event in a given town. Next, some people in the town are presumably contacted by the he Palin organization. These are the people that are going to to front the money to pay for it it. The organization is set up, and is somehow funded. They set up a website like “Americans Speaking Out About America” or some such title. That organization exists for that brief period of time.
Palin comes to speak. Then as soon as she leaves town the organization is disbanded and those that were involved are reimbursed don’t talk about it anymore. The website goes down, and no one knows anything about what the source of funding ultimately was and how she was paid. Presumably this is all done legally, but it makes it difficult to “follow the money.”
Why does this matter? We’ll never know to whom she is beholden if she ever ran for president, nor who is paying her to push her message now and why, or at least it would be very difficult to find out.
The KPAX earlier reported and the Missoula Independent wrote a longer piece about how Palin’s visit would be at least partially fronted by a Missoula fan of Christian rock and business man, who would not disclose how much money he is fronting to bring Sarah Palin here. The article did not include information about what percentage of her fee was fronted by him, and what other funding sources were involved, if any, and how he will be reimbursed. Presumably because the event organizers and the Palin organization also refused to say.