Supporter website: Sarah Palin’s announcement of 2012 White House bid a question of ‘when’ not ‘if’

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A website founded by a current adviser to Sarah Palin, now run by supporters of the former Alaska governor, launched a fundraising campaign Friday by talking about a 2012 run by Palin for president as a fact, not a possibility.

“Depending on when she announces her run for the presidency, this quarter may very well be the final significant quarter for which SarahPAC files,” wrote Ian Lazaran at Conservatives4Palin.com.

Lazaran wrote that “attacks will only ramp up against Governor Palin as it becomes clearer that she will be the GOP’s standard-bearer to face off against Obama.”

When contacted by TheDC as to whether Lazaran’s comments were based on specific knowledge of Palin’s intentions or simply represented an assumption, a contributor to the C4P site said she had asked Lazaran and that it was the latter.

“It’s an assumption,” wrote Kelsey Waters in an e-mail.

Palin said this week, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, that she would run for president “if there’s nobody else to do it.”

C4P was founded in part by Rebecca Mansour, who is no longer formally affiliated with the site and now is on Palin’s payroll, handling much of Palin’s online presence.

Mansour said she did not know anything about the C4P post and directed questions about it to the e-mail address listed on the website.

In the C4P fundraising post, Lazaran said the group was starting “a three-day midterm elections SarahPAC money bomb.”

“We don’t do this often but the stakes are pretty high right now,” he wrote.

Notably, he lumped Republicans and Democrats together into what he called the “establishment/entitlement party.” Palin herself has begun using the term “entitlement party” to refer to Republicans as she has taken on incumbent Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s write-in campaign to win another term.

“Because of all the success she has had in this election cycle, Governor Palin has come under attack from the establishment/entitlement party,” Lazaran wrote. “These folks are worried that the momentum that she will receive from what will likely be a tremendous day for her on November 2nd will carry her to the GOP nomination.”

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