Sarah Palin's political action committee raised more than $1.6 million in the first half of the year, it announced Thursday.
The federal PAC spent nearly the same amount -- $1,591,520 -- in the same period. Of that, $65,000 went to candidates and almost $20,000 was donated to the Young America's Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes conservative values. In February, Palin gave a speech at a Ronald Reagan centennial celebration in Santa Barbara hosted by the organization. A spokeswoman said at the time that Palin had waived her speaking fee for the event.
Details of the PAC's donations and spending are available at the Federal Election Commission's website. Major expenditures include her One Nation bus tour, which attracted a burst of media attention during its East Coast stops at historical sites in late May.
The PAC's spending consist mostly of expenses necessary to maintain a political operation: fundraising and policy consultants, extensive travel, and administrative costs. But a few unconventional items underscore Palin's high-profile persona: a nearly $14,000 bill for a "bus wrap" to adorn her tour bus, for example, and almost $6,000 paid for a "tour of the Holy Land" in March, where she met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.