April 24th, 2009
07:05 PM ET
5 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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  1. rand

    She brings the legal challenges on her self yet portrays them as the result of a witch hunt. (appropriately named but untrue). Now she is asking the public to pay for her council? I wonder if I can go something similar to pay for my car payment?

    April 24, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Jim

    Sarah, PLEASE run in 2012!!! There's no better way to guarantee an Obama second term!

    April 24, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. John P

    Palin has no ethics which is why she is constantly under investigation. Someone suggested setting up a Levi Johnston legal fund, so Levi can get access to his child (currently Sarah and family are blocking him from taking his child out for a day).

    April 24, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Upper 49th

    "Life is like a baux-a-chocolates...." and dog-on-it, you do like chocolates, don't cha Governor? :-)

    April 24, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Brad of IL.

    She should get a hold of geo-pet and do like our President . I wonder what she would look like with a a-fro look . May-be she could have her pet with corn rows. Either way Sarah I will donate.

    April 24, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. cregis

    She must have taken lessons from former North Carolina Governor Easley and his wife. Mrs. Easley still has an extremely lucrative state job. I believe they have had to pay for their personal cars though. What a shame! I am no fan of Palin, but this kind of goughing the taxpayer is rampant on both sides of the political aisle.

    April 24, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Mike SL

    "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." One of Palin's "friends" actually said this. Does this mean that they are going to raise the money from folks in states other than Alaska because Alaskans are too wise for this nonsense.

    April 24, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. bob

    There are not words to describe this excuse for a human being. Poor baby, you are being so picked on. And you blame everyone except yourself.

    April 24, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Sherry for Obama

    Sarah is the Queen of attack....She has spewed lies from her mouth.....but she doent like when someone tells a lie about her...
    What a double standard

    April 24, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. MFVJR

    Why should people foot her legal bills for she did deliberately or being an ignoramus. She is just an empty loud mouth in politicis. Just wondering how the people of Alaska elected her to be the head of the state?

    April 24, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. rockturner

    I truly feel sorry for the good people of Alaska.

    She has tarnished their long standing good name,
    their Wild and Adventureous State, and their Native
    integrity.

    Alaska deserves better.

    April 24, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Bob

    CNN, why do you keep publishing stories about this woman? She is a non-issue and you seem to think the election is still ongoing. Its not. Its over and she lost. Please stop printing stories about her.

    To those posting nothing but hatred and anger towards this woman, get some therapy and medication. This type of mentality is not healthy.

    April 24, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Alaskan Girl

    She has a right to form this as other politicians have. But those of you who are dismissing the complaints as frivololous are wrong. Read the actual complaints put forth from Alaskan citizens of ALL parties. They aren't liberal attacks and there are NOT politicians behind the complaints!!!!! Palin does abuse her office and she us unethical. Those of you who keep making excuses for her are blind!!!!! And anyone who actually gives money to her hasn't objectively read the ethics complaints

    April 24, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Kelly

    Go Sarah!!! I'm sending money and glad to do it. I actually know the secret of why Andy and JVS has so much hatred in their hearts.

    April 24, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Virginia

    Governor Palin shouldn't have burned the "McCain" bridge as she did. Maybe Cindy McCain could have loaned her the money to pay her debts.

    April 24, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Jonathan Burton

    Sarah "pass the buck to us" Palin is just looking out for number one.
    She is drilling holes in her political rotting trash barge, as fast as she can. It will all sink to the bottom in a stinking mess.
    She was blasted by John McCain recently, and still does not get it.
    She is a complete and total joke, and has no chance of winning anything. Except for Miss Congeniality perhaps.
    Anyone who supports this political pariah is doomed to her fate.
    Sarah Palin is the proof that secularist politics are a no win option.

    April 24, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Wisconsin

    Fear..I see it and feel it from all you haters! I made my donation to a powerful Governor and it felt good. This wouldn't be happening to her but since the left wing continues to try to go after her with some dumb things like violating on wearing a jacket that supports her husbands team..give me a break. She is gone but will be back in 2012 to put all of you haters in place including Republican haters. Let me guess, you've never been to one of her rallies of 20,000? Didn't think so. Peace out haters..Having a smile to my face is just great!

    April 24, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. sarasotasun

    Way to go, Governor Palin.

    Those who decry you here are nobodies ... you're real. You have achieved. Pay no attention to the parasites who think government is god.

    April 24, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. Eddie

    I wonder how many of these wicked, and nasty, comments are made by PAID, Bloggers for the Dems, and ACORN. It is the only answer I can come up with, to make since of the on going attacks, on this Woman, and her family. You people are AFRAID of her, and how STRONG she is. Cause if this was one of your Liberal, cool-aid drinkin buddies, this would be the greatest thing since sliced bread. I remember BHO saying that families were off limits, for the press, and they honored it, FOR HIM. But Gov. Palin's family has been DOGGED, RELENTLESSLY, why, FEAR, and double standards. Ya know, like the Miss California thing.

    April 24, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. kaci

    That takes the cake. Palin says, I am a criminal, pay my legal fees, so I don't have too! Okay, let's all have a legal fund, will someone pay my fees? What gall from a has been.

    April 24, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Edward Blake

    Sarah Palin is the Paris Hilton of politics. Why are we still subjected to seeing her on the news? Her 15 minutes are over.

    April 24, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. Vegas Barbie the Paralegal for Obama

    She has one thing right in the statement she made quoted in this item: "Enough is enough"...enough of her and her family, that is! An albatross she was to the McCain campaign and a sinking ship she is, in her own right. Attention-getter to the extreme.

    April 24, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. LMC

    If the prosecution needs any donations, I'm happy to help out!

    April 24, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. David F

    The fact that she has to start such a fund to fight "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 is very troubling to me. THIS is the woman who was a contender for VP? Makes you wonder what kind of trouble she would have gotten herself into if McCain had won...

    Trips to Hawaii for her family on the taxpayer's dime, I'd bet....

    April 24, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. yeahriiight

    Maybe if she thinks before she say or act on anything. She will not have this legal problems. Maybe if she tone down her republican rhetorics that everyone is wrong and they were the only one right. Maybe she does not need any legal defense funds.Thank God she and her party did not win. Can anyone imagine the legal mess America will be in if any of this clown from this Circus elephant party win.

    April 24, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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