February 24th, 2009
07:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin to repay state for some children's travel

Palin will repay Alaska for some of her children’s travel expenses.
Palin will repay Alaska for some of her children’s travel expenses.

(CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will pay back her state for travel expenses for nine trips with her children as part of a settlement of a 2008 ethics claim, the attorney who investigated the matter said Tuesday.

Anchorage lawyer Timothy Petumenos said Palin's office is still adding up the costs, but "I'm told it's running about $7,000." Palin acknowledged no wrongdoing as part of the settlement, and her attorney said she has been "fully exonerated" by the investigation.

Complaints that Palin improperly took her children on state-paid trips first emerged during the 2008 presidential campaign, when Palin was the Republican nominee for vice president. The state Personnel Board hired Petumenos to investigate that claim and others filed during Palin's time on the GOP ticket.

The settlement states that Palin did not violate Alaska's ethics law or commit any wrongdoing, and that she followed the advice of experienced staff. But it also calls for state officials to draw up new regulations covering future state-paid trips.

Petumenos said he investigated about 40 trips as part of the investigation, and found nine he considered questionable - including trips in which her daughters accompanied her on a state aircraft and to a summer meeting of the National Governors' Association in 2008.

Palin agreed not to contest the issue, Petumenos said.

In a statement issued with the settlement, Palin attorney Thomas Van Flein said the settlement shows state law was unclear - and that by paying back the money, Palin "is in fact complying with a standard that has yet to be created."

"The governor has shown by her actions here today that she adheres to the highest level of ethics," he said.

The complaint was one of several filed as Palin was touting her credentials as a reformer on the campaign trail last year. Last week, Alaska officials notified Palin that she owed back taxes on thousands of dollars paid in state meal allowances she collected while staying at her home in Wasilla, outside Anchorage.

Palin spent about half of 2007 and 2008 working in Anchorage, where many state offices are located, even though the governor's official residence is in Juneau. She will pay "whatever the IRS says," her spokesman, Bill McAllister, said Monday, but he would not disclose the amount owed.


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  1. Independent White Woman!!!

    Palin will repay Alaska for some of her children’s travel expenses.
    Please let her REST.......at least 3 x a week this lady is in the news
    I don't dislike her.......She needs to take Break

    February 24, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. Tony in Oregon

    Palin tried to play by her own rules. Thank our lucky starts she is not the sitting Vice President.

    February 24, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  3. Lynn

    So, Palin had to be ordered by a judge to obey the law. Great example for her children and her state.

    February 24, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  4. ruty

    We will always hear about Palin's unethic practices. That's the kind of governor she is. I still can't believe the people of Alaska chose her. Do they have TV and newspapers there.? Let's send them some.

    February 24, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. Carolyn White

    NOW THAT YOU HAVE HIRED A LAWYER TO INVESTIGATE PALIN'S TRIP EXPENDITURE, IT IS TIME TO HIRE 20 LAWYERS TO MAKE BARACK OBAMA PRODUCE THE VAULTED ORIGINAL COPY OF HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE, SO THE ENTIRE COUNTRY CAN SEE THAT HE WAS BORN IN KENYA, IS AN ILLEGAL AILEN, A CORRUPTED CHICAGO SCHEISTER, AND SHOULD BE CARTED AWAY IN HANDCUFFS ALONG WITH BLAGOJEVICH.,AND HIS WIFE MICHAEL.

    February 24, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  6. Carolyn White

    NOW THAT YOU HAVE HIRED A LAWYER TO INVESTIGATE PALIN'S TRIP EXPENDITURE, IT IS TIME TO HIRE 20 LAWYERS TO MAKE BARACK OBAMA PRODUCE THE VAULTED ORIGINAL COPY OF HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE, SO THE ENTIRE COUNTRY CAN SEE THAT HE WAS BORN IN KENYA, IS AN ILLEGAL AILEN, A CORRUPTED CHICAGO SCHEISTER, AND SHOULD BE CARTED AWAY IN HANDCUFFS ALONG WITH BLAGOJEVICH.,AND HIS WIFE MICHAEL.

    February 24, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  7. Sarahs cheerleader

    What a great photo.almost looks like a Janet Jackson momment.

    February 25, 2009 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
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