Palin has NOT filed for a 2012 presidential run

How do we know? Well, we actually bothered to call the FEC for confirmation of what this page on its website is all about. Some folks were getting a little carried away on the web over this.

Turns out that this is just a dummy page for the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee, a grassroots PAC which has filed on Gov. Palin’s behalf. That organization has no official connection to Sarah Palin. This is standard operating procedure for political action committees, especially “draft” PACs. That committee’s actual listing will appear on the FEC website tomorrow in place of the dummy listing.

None of this, by the way, has anything to do with SarahPAC, which we reported on this morning. SarahPAC is Governor Palin’s political action committee. When a politician establishes such an organization, it does not necessarily mean that he or she intends to run for office, but all candidates who do run for office and hope to have any chance of being competitive do so. Some do so just to raise money for other candidates or to promote a position on issues about which they have a strong interest.

It’s easy to see how the timing of the filing by the draft PAC, with the dummy page FEC put up on its website for it, and the debut of the webpage for Sarah Palin’s PAC launched some people’s rockets. But, as they used to teach in J-school, check your sources and get confirmation, which is what we did. Some people need to just calm down and let the story unfold. There’s still a long way to go to 2012, and we have to go through 2010 to get there.

– JP