Former Republican governors Sarah Palin of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts took different paths in how they supported candidates in the closing days of the 2010 campaign, as they both collect chits for possible presidential runs, according to a National Journal Daily analysis of Federal Election Commission reports.
The scorecard suggests that Romney is spreading goodwill amongst the establishment, putting him in a better position to win the support of key Republicans in the nominating process.
Romney, through his Free and Strong America political action committee, doubled down on House Republicans already in strong positions to win. Palin’s Sarah PAC put its chips on long shots in the hopes of getting a big payout with an upset.
Palin gave more than $210,000 to Republican nominees since mid-October, according to the reports. Almost half of that was spent on losing candidates, many of whom lost by wide margins. Romney disbursed about $100,000, three quarters of which went to winning candidates.