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Alaskans Picked Up the Tab for Palin’s Nights at Home

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Posted on Sep 9, 2008
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As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin is entitled to bill the state for certain expenses she incurs on the job, such as travel (for herself and her family), food and lodging. That said, The Washington Post has delved into her records and discovered that Palin “billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office,” charging per diem expenses intended to cover costs related to travel.


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The governor also has charged the state for travel expenses to take her children on official out-of-town missions. And her husband, Todd, has billed the state for expenses and a daily allowance for trips he makes on official business for his wife.

Palin, who earns $125,000 a year, claimed and received $16,951 as her allowance, which officials say was permitted because her official “duty station” is Juneau, according to an analysis of her travel documents by The Washington Post.

The governor’s daughters and husband charged the state $43,490 to travel, and many of the trips were between their house in Wasilla and Juneau, the capital city 600 miles away, the documents show.

Gubernatorial spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said Monday that Palin’s expenses are not unusual and that, under state policy, the first family could have claimed per diem expenses for each child taken on official business but has not done so.

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By RightWing, September 20, 2008 at 12:03 pm Link to this comment

OB voted to keep the bridge to no whwere, whats that make him.

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By RightWing, September 20, 2008 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment

Yes Aergus I do have the evidence and Obama has no intergity, as you can see by his constant changing of plans..from AP and MSNBC

WASHINGTON - Barack Obama’s two years in the Senate have taken him around the world, from Russia to Iraq to Kenya - an itinerary more costly to taxpayers than any other senator who took office with him.

The Illinois Democrat’s travels in 2005 and 2006 cost taxpayers nearly $28,000
Eight other freshmen senators took office in 2005, and about $19,200 was the most anyone spent for government-paid travel, according to reports filed with the Senate Office of Public Records.

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By Nico, September 10, 2008 at 2:03 pm Link to this comment
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And this is the woman who claims she declined a Learjet (and put in on Ebay, haha… no that’s a bad joke really) or personal chauffeur (paid with public money) for her car…  and fights against disproportional spending of taxpayer’s money by her fellow Governors and Congressmen in Washington ??

This comes down bad for what she supposed to prophess…

I really don’t think the ‘we’re anti-establishment’ image will hold up with logical loopholes in their personal stories and what keeps coming up under the dirt…

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By Aegrus, September 10, 2008 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

LightWing, what are you talking about? Do you have any evidence, or just wild claims impugning Obama’s integrity?

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By RightWing, September 10, 2008 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

MMM Obama uses Taxes more than anyone in the Senate just for travel, That was real business though?,Come you guys are supposed to be the smart ones, check your facts. Like Cyrena said she gets her stories from the horses mouth, and wouldnt you know it , the horse was factcheck.org. What was that muffled sound? why its your party imploding.after all this is a progressive site,according to Cyrena.SSSSsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

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By Amadeo Lese, September 10, 2008 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment

Just think of this for a while.  Social Security can be collected after you reach a certain age.  That is the law.
John McCain talks of the trouble that Social Security is in, but while he is fully employe as a Senator, and gettig a pension for his military service, he claims and receives Social Security.
If he was saying this these would be his words.
Now that is what I call Federal Pork.  To me it is nothing but greed, and that law allowing it should be changed.
Social Security was to be a little assistance to ones pension, not his fully earnings while working.

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By Aegrus, September 10, 2008 at 9:49 am Link to this comment

troublesum, they don’t mind because governors like Palin give them hush money in the form of oil subsidies and government money. She raises taxes on everyone, gives them extra money her lobbyist friends get earmarked to Alaska all while financing enormous boondoggles. Classic neoconservative. Borrow and spend. Pork, Pork, Pork. Lie, Lie, Lie.

Palin’s state has gotten more money per person in federal earmarks than any other state in the union. Regardless of whether or not you believe she requested the earmarks, you’d have to be a fool to think she couldn’t stop, inhibit or veto spending bills.

Worthless liar, Palin is. John McCain shows extreme misjudgment picking a liar and pork-queen for a veep.

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By troublesum, September 10, 2008 at 7:25 am Link to this comment

Are people stupid in Alaska or what?  Why would someone who is not a state employee have an expense account?  Apparently he has an office next to the governor’s and receives a copy of all her correspondence including emails.  Is this what she referred to as “cleaning up state government?”  Giving her family expense accounts courtesy of the taxpayers??

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By hippy pam, September 10, 2008 at 5:38 am Link to this comment

DOWN HERE IN THE LOWER 48!!!!!!.....If You Are Indian[any tribal affiliation that is government recognized] YOU HAVE TO BE “CARDED” and you need to have a certain AMOUNT of “BLOOD”[which varies tribe to tribe]....There are groups that make it very difficult-next to impossible-to SET UP AND SELL-DANCE-DRUM-or anything else at OUR POWWOWS…..I WANT TO SEE “moose turds” hubbies “INDIAN CARD” or is this just ANOTHER OF HER “I’m an all around rifle toting,clean my own moose,have my kids at home,cut the cord with my teeth,try to censure books in the library,force some kid to marry my daughter VICE PRESIDENT WANNABE[all my people know about the WANNBE TRIBE!!!!!!]

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By troublesum, September 10, 2008 at 2:16 am Link to this comment

Purplewolf
I know it sounds unbelievable but I looked it up online and the average income in the US is about $47,000.  It was on a graph so it was hard to get an exact read.  It doesn’t mean much because it includes everyone from top to bottom.  Bill Gates makes 10,000 times the average.

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By purplewolf, September 10, 2008 at 12:04 am Link to this comment

troublesum: that’s about 6 years of my income. Sarah should feel so guilty about taking that money for living in her own home. Stinks of corruption worse than Bush. If she were truly as Christian as she portrays, she would have never taken that money in the first place. Or else donate it to the homes for teenage mothers she cut the funding to.

Also, she made it law in “Wasilly” that rape victims had to pay for their own rape test kits, as Sarah did not think it was right for the taxpayers to foot the bill. There were laws made by the state just to stop this action by Sarah’s town only and not force the victim to be victimized again by her and her obvious hatred of females. She is one cold bitch.

wildflower: when Bush claimed he was going to have a transparent government, I wrote our local opinion page with the following: transparent, meaning your could see right through it, or invisible, like it’s not there.

hippypam: loved your new name for this sadist killer of creatures that are vulnerable, unlike Sarah Barracuda herself.

BTW: The group Heart has called on the McShame campaign to stop using their song “Barracuda” to promote Moose Turd, they don’t appreciate it and they are not Repugs. The McCain bunch ignored them and continued to use it anyway. I hope they get sued.

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By GW=MCHammered, September 9, 2008 at 8:44 pm Link to this comment
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McSame’s the Riddler. McPalin’s his Joker.

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By wildflower, September 9, 2008 at 8:20 pm Link to this comment

I understand things are different in Alaska, but I’ve never heard of a politician who files an ethics complain against herself:

Palin is attempting to stall or prevent a State Legislative investigation into her firing of the state’s Public Safety Commissioner when he refused to fire Palin’s former brother-in-law. She filed an ethics complaint against herself with the state’s Personnel Board in an effort to undercut the ongoing and active legislative investigation into the matter. (Anchorage Daily News, “Palin seeks review of Monagan firing case,” 9/3/08)

http://www.campaignmoney.org/pressroom/2008/09/03/palins-record-proves-shes-no-reformer

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By wildflower, September 9, 2008 at 7:49 pm Link to this comment

I’ve heard the State of Alaska changes the State’s policy to accommodate the crime. . . and any old fish tale satisfies the Alaskan taxpayer:

Governor Sarah Palin campaigned in 2006 on the promise to “open the door wide to transparent and accountable government.” . . .

. . . When confronted with Governor Palin’s abandonment of her promise to have an open and transparent government, her communication director claimed that commitment related only to “the stranded gas act versus the AGIA concept under Governor Palin.” (A gas pipeline development issue) [listen to communications director Bill McAllister on the Palin administration’s view of transparency here]

A review of the State of Alaska’s website, however, reveals that the phrase “open and transparent” is used repeatedly in regard to a wide variety of government initiatives.

http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/33960

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By Josh Stein, September 9, 2008 at 6:02 pm Link to this comment
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maybe its time to look into how our public officials spend our hard earn tax dollars.

We would be shack to know how our goverment wases our tax dollars.

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By JimM, September 9, 2008 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment

The only thing I can possibly say about Dear Sara is that she is a True Republican. How terrible for her.

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By hippy pam, September 9, 2008 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment

I wonder how much money “MOOSE SH*T” AND HER FAMILY will charge the AMERICAN PEOPLE IF SHE BECOMES MCBUSHS’ “TROPHY WIFEY”[vice president].....Maybe MCBUSH will oust “the heiress” and replace her with the “moose turd”....after all-he threw out his first wife and replaced her with “the heiress”......

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By knute, September 9, 2008 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment
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A true republican. Isn’t the goverment there to enrich yourself ? Isn’t that what they’ve been getting away with all these years. Another republican on the take is hardly news, especially when you consider the splendid example the current administration has given us.

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By Harris D. Foster, September 9, 2008 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment
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With all the responsibilities of governor and raising children, who really takes care of her children??? She didn’t have the time to check into her daughter’s social life, nor teach her about protection. AND she constantly USES a Down Syndrome infant as a prop…completely disgusting….

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By troublesum, September 9, 2008 at 2:58 pm Link to this comment

Her husband bilked the state for $43,000 in expenses. I think that amounts to roughly the average yearly income for a US citizen.

“Politics today is merely a means to rising in the world.”  Samuel Johnson
Times haven’t changed much.

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