April 24th, 2009
07:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin formally unveils new legal defense fund

Palin's new legal defense fund was formally unveiled Friday.
Palin's new legal defense fund was formally unveiled Friday.

(CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, facing a string of costly ethics complaints, formally unveiled a defense fund Friday to help pay her legal fees - now surging past the half-million dollar mark.

"For Alaskans, the time has come to end the siege on our government by political tricksters. Enough is enough. With the help of reform-minded advocates from across our nation, we will stand up for what is right," said a message on the Web site for the Alaska Fund Trust.

"Your maximum contribution of $150.00 will allow the Governor, her family, and her colleagues to retire their legal debt at no cost to Alaskans and reduce the incentive for mischief by her opponents. Together, we can help Governor Palin and future elected officials turn back the tide of overtly partisan and unnecessarily personal political attacks."

Kristan Cole, a Palin ally from Wasilla, will run the fund, which she described as "one of the most restrictive and transparent legal funds in history." The group said it plans to voluntarily release the names of donors and size of their contributions.

"We have created one of the most restrictive and transparent legal funds in history," Cole said. The group has created downloadable comparisons of the group's restrictions in comparisons with other recent political legal defense funds, including those for both Clintons and former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate continues to face a steady stream of new filings - the latest just this week, over whether she used PAC funds to travel to an anti-abortion event in Indiana.

Earlier this month, a Texas businessman launched a Web site to help defray the governor's legal costs, but Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton said then that the official legal defense fund could only accept money from her official fund, which had yet to launch, and encouraged Palin's supporters to direct their contributions there.


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soundoff (381 Responses)
  1. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    SARAH GO AWAY FOR GOOD!!! you are a sinking ship!!

    April 24, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Paul

    Is there a theme running here... I think the moto of the Palin group sould be " stupid is as stupid does" why to these people take up out time...

    April 24, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. GOPer

    Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas. Now you want taxpayers to fund your lawsuits? Is this woman for real?

    April 24, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. itbeme

    "For Alaskans, the time has come to end the siege on our government by political tricksters. "

    Does that mean the half baked alaskan is giving up the Gov's job????

    Wonder how much of the money will go towards the fight to keep Levi away from his baby.

    April 24, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. John

    So when she refers to unnecessarily personal political attacks, does that mean accusing your opponent of 'palling around with terrorists' and saying enough about her opponent that her crowds start chanting for violence and hate? Please Sarah, explain how your world is squeeky clean and everyone else is dirty? Please explain how it's perfectily fine for you to do 'X Y and Z' yet for anyone else to do so, then it's tricksters, liars and such.

    Sarah, I won't give you a dime for your legal defence...but I will give you money to go back to school and get an education.

    April 24, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. George

    Sarah, have a bake sale too.

    April 24, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. chris

    Please just go away Sarah and take Cheney with you.

    April 24, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Joyce Becker

    Foolish Alaskans to want to pay for Madame Palin's legal defense, she got herself into one mess after another she should pay for them herself. Not one dime of tax paying struggling Americans should contribute to any legal fund she sets up, the best thing would be to boot her out of office, she is one sham of a governor.

    April 24, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. sharon

    I'll donate to any fund that takes her out of the public view. I'm sick, sick, sick of her and her Jerry Springer coverage.

    April 24, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Teresa

    Please CNN, make Sarah Palin go away. She is just a delusional underqualified politician that should never have been brought in to the public eye.

    April 24, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Oma

    It boggles the mind, the same Ms. Palin who had Pres. Obama palling around with terrorists, among other insinuating and yes, at the time hate-provoking remarks, is now speaking of political tricksters?

    April 24, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Eric

    This must be some sort of joke. I am sure it's the fault of everyone else that she has to legally and ethically defend herself so much. Just like it's the media's fault that she looked less than smart.

    April 24, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Adrian R.

    Nice rhetoric. "The siege on our government by political tricksters". More like the siege on the irresponsible media darling/soapbox rant-and-raver, who should be managing her state instead of pretending to be "Ann Coulter: the Sequel". A siege perpetrated by folks who may or may not have a partisan political agenda, but definitely don't lack justifiable reasons to criticize Palin, all of which result from her own behavior.

    If she wants to avoid criticism, she should clam up and go back to Alaska, and just do her job. And perhaps cut back on her hobby of touring the fundamentalist circuit and whipping narrowminded folks into a frenzy.

    April 24, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. Bret

    "political tricksters". Palin should know all about those. The people responsible for choosing her as a VP candidate wrote the book.

    April 24, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. CO

    The Republicans presented Palin as a champion of government reform and ethics. Meanwhile, her own house was not in order. Glad the hypocrisy was revealed in time.

    April 24, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. indydude

    If anyone's thinking about making a contribution of one cent, thinking that it'll probably cost them more than that to process the transaction, I'd say that's probably a pretty interesting idea.

    April 24, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. carol

    Hello?????These people are not political tricksters. Palin is. She has created all these problems, denies them. and anything that we've all heard her say, and now anyone who criticizes her unprofessional behavior is a trickster??? Anyone who gives money to this fund needs to take a reality check! Her shenanigans are right there for all to see.

    April 24, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. dennisk

    I would happily donate $150 to a fund that would permanently remove Sarah Palin from America's collective memory.

    April 24, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. Nurse Ratchet

    Palin is incoherent as ever. We call that reality-challenged in these parts. Just what does her web site comment have to do with what's really going on? People who find her language convincing really out to think things through and reassess.

    April 24, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. Mike O'Brien

    Sarah dug a hole.., well let her dig her way out.., however, 'not' with my money.. Mike in Montana

    April 24, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If I were an Alaskan, she wouldn't get a red cent from me.

    April 24, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. Mike Mundy, Houston, TX

    I'll contribute. Everytime I hear the loony lefties bash and disgrace this woman, makes me want to fight even more! God bless Sarah Palin! I would wager, that those who chastize her, are the same ones who would trample others to flee a sinking ship!

    April 24, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. Had It

    Uh – NO.

    Stop doing bad things. Then legal fees stop too.

    April 24, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. proud army navy mom

    i will give her a dollar if she will go somewhere and sit down.

    April 24, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Charlotte, NC

    Why would anybody give money to this empty-brained lady? If she has ethical problems to defend, she should pay for that herself–or just straighten up and leave the American public alone. Pay more attention to her 5 children, and let Bristol get a job to buy diapers and baby formula like other people do. Oh, I forgot, Bristol is busy focusing on her education and advocating for abstinence!! Go away Sarah Palin and family.

    April 24, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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