An earthquake for Palin

Last modified: 12/31/2011 12:00:00 AM
Sarah Palin isn't running for president, but that isn't stopping her supporters, who are encouraging Iowans to "vote rogue" and caucus for the former Alaska governor on Jan. 3.

A group called Sarah Palin's Iowa Earthquake has produced a number of TV and radio commercials available online. One ad, which the New York Times said has aired on smaller broadcast stations in Iowa, features dramatic phrases in white lettering against a black background -- "Crony capitalism and corruption in government is eating this country alive" - and intermittently cuts to still photos of Palin.

"Please, caucus for Sarah Palin," the ad closes.

In another spot the group posted online and billed as a radio ad, a man's voice addresses listeners: "Are you unhappy with the current GOP field? Let me tell you something. You are not alone. Join thousands of Iowans as we vote rogue. It's the caucus for Sarah Palin, on Jan. 3. Let Iowa and the entire country know we want real leadership and real reform in D.C."

The ad was paid for by Sarah Palin's Iowa Earthquake and not authorized by Palin or her political action committee, according to a disclaimer at the end of the ad. A Facebook group titled "Sarah Palin's Earthquake Movement" has been asking members for donations to buy ad time - $500 for a 10 p.m. news show slot and $1,500 to $3,500 for primetime - and said it has bought radio and TV spots through Jan. 2.

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