Tracking the GOP race to 2012

Rand Paul is claiming an endorsement from Sarah Palin in his race for Senate in Kentucky; Tim Pawlenty accused the federal government of running a virtual Ponzi scheme in a Politico op-ed; Romney led 2012 contenders in PAC fundraising with over $3.5 million for the year; Bobby Jindal will attend the Super Bowl in Miami to cheer on the Saints; Palin's PAC spent more money on copies of her own book in the second half of 2009 than it donated to candidates for office; and Newt Gingrich likes the idea of the Contract from America, an open-sourced document written collectively by Tea Party supporters online.

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