April 1st, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Palin tells RNC to remove her name from fundraising invite

Aides to Sarah Palin have asked the Republican National Committee to remove her name from an invitation that suggests she might attend a series of committee fundraising events timed to coincide with next week's Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

Though Palin will speak on Friday at the SRLC, a gathering of top Republican officials and an early cattle call for potential 2012 presidential candidates, the former Alaska governor will not be participating in any RNC fundraising event, a Palin adviser told CNN.

Palin's staff has twice asked the RNC to remove her name from the invitation, the adviser said, adding that the request had nothing to do with the nightclub controversy currently making headlines.

The RNC has organized a four-day fundraising effort around the New Orleans conference titled "Pachyderms on the Pontchartrain," according to a donor invitation obtained by Politico on Wednesday.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Sen. Rick Santorum have committed to appear at one of the RNC events, but the agenda also boasts several "invited speakers" - including Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour - who do not appear to have confirmed their attendance. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is listed as an invited speaker, but Pawlenty said last week he is skipping the New Orleans conference.

The RNC did not immediately respond when asked if they will take Palin's name off the agenda.

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