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Brewer using tarmac tiff to raise political action committee funds

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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012 3:38 pm | Updated: 9:08 am, Fri Feb 3, 2012.

Already enriched through more book sales following her tiff on the tarmac with President Obama, Gov. Jan Brewer is now using the incident to raise money for her political action committee.

And she's even made up - literally - a new version of exactly what happened at the airport to do it.

In an Internet posting on her Jan PAC web site, Brewer is citing last week's highly-publicized event to ask for donations to the political action committee she established last year to try to raise money nationwide to affect federal elections.

Following that incident, Brewer said that, despite the widely circulated photo of her with her finger a few inches from Obama's face, said she "really wasn't pointing at him.''

"We could have been talking about a lot of different things,'' Brewer explained, saying she respects the office of the president." And I would never be disrespectful in that manner.''

So what was she doing?

"I was telling him, 'You have ONE more year,''' she now writes on the PAC web site, a clear reference to the upcoming presidential race." The president needs to be reminded that he is the president of the FEDERAL REPUBLIC and not a KING lording over state governors.''

But political ally and PAC spokesman Paul Senseman said Brewer's statements should not be considered the truth. Instead, he said, it was a response to efforts by Democrats to raise money for the party by using the incident.

And what of those quote marks around what Brewer says she said?

"It's a tongue-in-cheek expression to make light of something that has been overblown and, frankly, overused by groups like the Arizona Democratic Party and others,'' he said. And Senseman confirmed that despite the wording on the solicitation, Brewer never told the president anything like what her comments on the Jan PAC web site claim.

How much Brewer might raise from the new approach will not be known until her political action committee files the legally required reports with the Federal Election Commission.

So far, Jan PAC, formed late last year, has no reports on file of contributors or beneficiaries. And Senseman said he has no idea how much has been raised.

Brewer told Capitol Media Services last fall that her decision to wade into financing campaigns is a direct outgrowth of her high-profile role over the issues of illegal immigration and border security.

"I think it's important that we change the flavor in Washington, D.C.,'' she said.

"I think that I could be a big participant in having that happen,'' the governor continued. "If we don't do it here, who's going to do it?''

And Brewer, in her bid for donations, suggested some of that cash might wind up being used to deny Obama a second term, something Senseman said the governor is not kidding about.

"Donate today to Jan PAC and help me stop President Obama in 2012 and others like him who are taking our country down the wrong path,'' she writes on the web page.

Last week's dust-up resulted in an immediate meteoric boost in sales of Brewer's book, "Scorpions for Breakfast.'' That was after Brewer said - and the White House acknowledged - that the president told the governor when she greeted him at the airport that some of what was in her book about their meeting in 2010 was inaccurate.

Brewer's latest bid to parlay the fuss into PAC contributions also could move more books, at least indirectly: Anyone who donates at least $100 gets a signed copy of her book.


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