Analysts are saying that Sarah Palin’s political action committee’s financial report, filed Sunday night, suggests that the former vice-president hopeful has begun preparing for a presidential run. “In short, for the first time since the 2008 campaign when she was the vice-presidential running mate to GOP presidential candidate John McCain, Palin is supported by a political operation befitting someone considering a presidential run,” writes Kenneth Vogel for the U.S. political news site, Politico. SarahPAC, Palin’s action committee, raised $866,000 in the second quarter of the year—the highest amount yet since Palin created the group in January 2009. SarahPAC also spent more money than ever on list-building and fundraising, donations to candidates, travel costs and speechwriting. Committee’s like SarahPAC are often created by presidential hopefuls to drum up support before officially declaring their candidacies. Palin’s Republican rivals, including Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, all boast their own committees. For Palin, it is a new approach (her previous tactics included sporadic Facebook and Twitter posts) and demonstrates her commitment to build a sophisticated nomination strategy.