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Palin’s Legal Defense Fund Under Scrutiny

Posted on Jul 21, 2009
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When she announced her resignation from office earlier this month, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin mentioned mounting legal bills stemming from various ethics investigations as one reason for her decision; now, she may not be able to tap into a legal defense fund set up to help her offset those costs.

The New York Times:

The preliminary report, written by Thomas M. Daniel, an investigator for the state personnel board, came in response to an ethics complaint filed shortly after the fund was established a few months ago. The complaint questioned whether it was proper for the governor to have a defense fund in the first place.

The report, written July 14 and first reported Tuesday by The Associated Press, said that the governor had an unfair fund-raising advantage over ordinary citizens because she was a public official, that her fund was trading on her status as a public official to solicit donations and that contributions to the fund could amount to improper gifts under Alaska law. It recommended that Ms. Palin refuse to accept payment from the fund.

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By PatrickHenry, July 22, 2009 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment

I guess Palins “wardrobe fund” didn’t sell.

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By rockinrobin, July 22, 2009 at 8:22 am Link to this comment
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“ethics”??? in a country run by exploitation which is a crime; that is the “political” agenda of the USA; and the “justice” dept is window dressing to mislead & deceive the public; there IS no justice in the USA folks; cuz our “judges” back up our “criminally run” Gov; Shatter the image of this being a nation of the people, by the people, for the people: it is NOT.
Mislead & deceive: inflate prices deliberately due to greed; claiming “there is no international law” Robert Gates; meaning that this nation has finally openly declared what has been self evident for years: our “so called” politicians which are only public criminals folks: have not followed laws of the USA, laws of Congress, or international laws; they have claimed there “are no lines”; so it is sad to know that they THINK they have “ethics”;
One thing Palin & the Gov of Illinois demonstrated was that you can be powerfully stupid & hold “offices” that the PEOPLE thought required a great deal of intelligence to do.
And not to worry re Ms Palin: there “laundering” way of “writing” books, putting on NY Times best seller list; then having ‘make the rounds” to put millions of “legal” dollars in their accounts: Wall St kinda blew the “image” of “legitamacy” when Hillary put in $1000 & in 14 hours got $100,000 return while in WH; that did NOT stop them from working with the “criminals” known as “Congress” in the USA from robbing & looting the public now did it? (see Liars poker, license to steal, etc)
And “bernie madoff” was investigated by the ‘dept of justice” etc and declared to be “above board”; not one, not twice, but FIVE times.
talk to me re “ethics”

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By Abqpete, July 22, 2009 at 8:21 am Link to this comment
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Ok - so Palin’s defense fund is unethical - but Bill and Hillary’s defense funds when they were in the White House were perfectly ok? 

Sorry, but this one clear shows double standards and one set of laws for one group and a different set of laws for another based on political views.

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By dihey, July 22, 2009 at 6:27 am Link to this comment

This time the ethics complaint does not seem to be “frivolous” which might be the reason why she resigned.

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By Becca, July 22, 2009 at 5:27 am Link to this comment
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This Sarah needs to run away and forget it while she is ahead. ANd anyone who likes her needs to run with her! She is never going to amount to anything and would just cause us all more grief. But then again she has a lot of people fooled. She mad a DONKEY out of her self when she ran for the election the last time and that is why OBAMA won. Now I’m not saying who should have won but Obama has won and that is that. But it will take him years to straighten this mess out our country is in it did not happen over night and it will not get fixed over night. SO we have to let Obama have another round to fix our country as if we try to let another person take over next election we could be in a real mess. SO she is dreaming if she thinks she could make it next election. Well I guess let her run as she will just let the oterh person win Auto.  LOL!  I sure hope this woman goes away like real fast.

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