Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell is forming a political action committee to aid conservative candidates and causes, a move designed to significantly up her national profile and become a Tea Party force during the 2012 campaign cycle.   

Tentatively named Christine PAC, O'Donnell said she expects the paperwork for the committee to be filed as early as the end of this week. 

"It's in the works right now," said O'Donnell. "The sooner, the better so we can be more vocal. The purpose of my PAC is not getting behind individual candidates but more so issues. I talked about repealing the death tax but also Obamacare." 


O'Donnell lost her Senate bid this past November to Democrat Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsCoronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Michelle McMurry-Heath Republicans turning against new round of ,200 rebate checks Voting rights, public health officials roll out guidelines to protect voters from COVID-19 MORE but gained the national attention of the Tea Party and recently signed a book deal.  

The committee is a logical next step for O'Donnell, who can use it as an attention-grabbing force in Republican primary campaigns next cycle, similar to the way former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) utilized their PACs during the 2010 midterms. 

The Republican said while she does intend to donate directly to candidates through her PAC, she also hopes to raise enough money to run independent expenditure efforts. O'Donnell suggested the committee would ideally emulate the way DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund operates — doling out money to fellow Republicans while spending sizable amounts on independent expenditures.

"I can endorse candidates, I can do independent expenditures on certain races, I can speak out on issues and lobby against the death tax and so many other things that activist organizations have the handcuffs on because of the IRS," she said. 

She laughed off a question about Palin Tuesday night, saying that contrary to popular belief, the former Alaska governor isn't advising her and that the two aren't in frequent contact, other than a "Happy Thanksgiving text."

O'Donnell wouldn't rule out running for Senate again in 2012 against Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperTrump signs order removing environmental review of major projects GOP votes to give chairman authority to subpoena Obama officials Democratic senator to skip vote on Obama-era subpoenas MORE (D-Del.), but made another campaign sound unlikely. 


"I'm not thinking about it," O'Donnell said. "Who knows. Right now I have the very short-term goals of establishing the PAC and reforming the [Republican Party] infrastructure in Delaware." 

O'Donnell, who spoke at a gathering of Tea Party activists in Northern Virginia Tuesday night, said she's slated to meet with a handful of GOP senators on Capitol Hill Wednesday to advocate putting a repeal of the death tax on the lame-duck agenda. 

—Updated at 8:34 a.m.