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. Mike S., New Orleans

    What about Republicanism, personal responsibility, personal accountability, paying one's own debts?

    Stay in the news Sarah. Let's never forget the hypocrisy.

    April 24, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Frank

    Palin has a bood deal that will pay her multi-million Dollars. She should use some of that money instead of asking for handouts.

    April 24, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Paul H

    All you cry babies didn't say a thing when Hilary Needed money during the campaign.

    April 24, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. HouseDiva

    "say it aint so" Sarah LOL

    April 24, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Richard L

    Will Palin keep her word about the transparency of the fund any better than when she said she would co-operate fully with the original investigation?

    April 24, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Patrish

    My response to that website would be "Excuse me, you want me to do what? Help pay for someone whose ethics are in question and who supports the killing of wolves from planes." I think NOT!!!

    April 24, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Ed

    Please.........Got into the mess yourself....now climb out of it yourself instead of asking the rest of America for money!

    April 24, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. RLG

    Give me one good reason why I should help Gov Palin; there aren't any!

    April 24, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. kcl

    She hopes for a presidential bid in 2012? She won't even be re-elected to the governorship. At least the request itself has periods in it, most likely Palin didn't script it.

    April 24, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Purple Alaska

    Sistah Sayrah...

    You should know that in this life, "you reapeth what you soweth..."

    And all those evil seeds that you have spewn across this nation, and in your own backyard, are now reaping a harvest. As once infamous preacher once put it, "the chickens have come home to roost!"

    Perhaps you should have blinked, instead of winked....

    April 24, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. BKrause

    Why does this functional illiterate need help from a defense fund when she has a direct line to the Divine?

    April 24, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Nathan Prophet, Raleigh, NC

    It's about time this abuser of power and Christian elitist be brought to justice. She flaunts U.S. laws as did Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld adn the rest of the neo-con club. This believer in witches with her "holier than thou" attitude needs to be brought to her senses. She is not above the law of the land.

    April 24, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Ashley

    Mrs. Palin just wants to retired on her book deal that's coming up. She needs to drum up the stupid people who will buy her book and give her the money she needs to pay for her 1/2 million dollar home in Alaska. More free publicity.

    Sounds like another Republican screaming to the far right, so you can react as she sees her bank account increases. Sounds like another Ann Coultier...

    April 24, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. KJL

    Maybe if these politicians cleaned up their acts, or stayed out of the mud in the first place, these "defense funds" wouldn't be necessary.

    April 24, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. uhsue

    Oh my God, is she serious???? There is no way in HELL I would support that...What a joke – thank God she didnt get elected!

    April 24, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Char

    Who cares??????? Why isn't she taking care of the Alaskans?

    April 24, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. Frankie

    Oh please Palin run for next Presidential election. I have never been so entertained as to how a politiican is so uninformed to the country's issues.

    April 24, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. rockturner

    Maybe she should ask the Russians for a loan,
    since they are so close to her on a nightly basis.

    What a nut case.

    April 24, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Mark

    I can just see the outrage from the right if a Democrat pulled this stunt. She has no shame, or brains for that matter. Isn't this a little like passing the buck, or in her case, passing the collection plate?

    April 24, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. huong duong

    Please give me money so i can pay my attorney fees. I did some stuff which may be unethical and illegal. Please help me, give me money please.
    I'm a law enforcer and law maker, i need attorney to help guide me breaking some law please.
    Ha ha

    April 24, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Mark S.

    If she wasn't a lying crook she wouldn't need a defense fund. Attacking corruption is not "mischief".

    April 24, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. phil

    Isn't there some undisclosed local that Sarah, the First Dude, Dick Cheney, and his wife and children can go to… and just stay there?!?

    yeah – hell

    April 24, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Robert Berry

    It appears all of the bad talking you prevoiusly did is coming home to roost. I think you need to take up fishing casue you are not a politician, so quit trying to fool folks.

    April 24, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Perusing-Through

    Sarah Palin would not need a legal defense fund, if she was not so hypocritical and constantly burning bridges where ever she go.

    April 24, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Charm

    Do contributors at least get a cookie or cupcake with their maximum donation of $150? Hopefully, we won't see her daughters sporking designer handbands after her supporters pay their maxium donation of $150 like we did during the election. O.o

    April 24, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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