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GOP Operative Starts "Draft Sarah Palin" Group

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks at the Republican National Committee Final 2010 Victory fundraising rally on Oct. 23, 2010, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
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A conservative operative is starting a new political fundraising group called "Draft Sarah Palin," the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) reports.

The group aims to get former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the 2012 presidential race, as well as to raise public support for the controversial conservative figure.

The treasurer of the "Draft Sarah Palin" group is Randy Goodwin, treasurer and co-founder of the Republican Majority Campaign political action committee.

"Sarah Palin is the single most effective leader in the Republican Party," Goodwin told CRP. "When voters get a chance to know the real Sarah Palin -- not the unfair stereotype that bears no resemblance to reality -- we believe her support will increase to include independents, moderates and conservative Democrats."

The "Draft Sarah Palin" effort will reportedly rely largely on grassroots financial donations, which are expected to primarily come through its website DraftSarahPalin.us.

The website is still under construction, but its "about" section today included an appeal to potential supporters: "Won't you join DSP and go rogue on the RINOs with us? It is the RINOs, after all, who must be ejected from power in order to redirect the Republican Party to its conservative roots." (RINOs refers to "Republicans in Name Only")

Palin has said she will consider jumping into the 2012 race, but polls show the public is skeptical of whether she is qualified to serve as president. The latest poll reveals that "Washington insiders" are even more skeptical.

In the meantime, Palin has maintained an influential role in politics through her own political action committee, SarahPAC. She's also stayed in the public eye, starring in a cable television reality show and releasing best-selling books.

Recently, a Tea Party group urged Palin to run for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee.



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