Palin's PAC raises nearly $900,000 in second quarter

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's political action committee raised $865,815 in the second quarter.

The PAC also doled out some $87,500 to Republican candidates over that same period, according to a report filed Sunday with the Federal Election Commission.

SarahPAC ended the quarter with more than $1 million in cash on hand.

The activity is sure to increase speculation that Palin could run for the Republican nomination for president in 2012. While the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate remains a divisive political figure, she also has repeatedly shown an ability to draw crowds and media attention while firing up the Republican base.

Despite a high-profile public endorsement of South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, Palin's PAC did not write Haley's campaign a check during the second quarter. The committee did give $5,000 to South Carolina congressional hopeful Tim Scott.

The PAC spread some money around in another early presidential primary state, with donations of $5,000 to Iowa gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

In California, the campaign of Republican Senate nominee Carly Fiorina received a donation of $2,500 from the PAC — the same amount given to Sharron Angle's Senate campaign in Nevada.

Along with Branstad, Grassley and Scott, SarahPAC gave $5,000 to Senate candidates Joe Miller in Alaska and Clint Didier in Washington. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and congressional hopefuls John Koster in Washington and Star Parker in California received the same amount.