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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  1. 2manyhorses

    Gag me with a moose, or maybe a polar bear!
    How can anyone state, with a straight face, that this woman upholds traditional American values...she got knocked up before she was married, as did her daughter, left the town of Wasilla bankrupt, spewed hatred and intolerance everywhere she campaigned and now wants the beleaguered taxpayer to bail her out of the ethics charges she wrecklessly racked up right and left.
    Yes, socialism is a threat to America and it is personified by Sarah Palin...what a hypocrite!

    April 24, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. CC

    She needs to pay it back herself. Have a garage sale and sell off those campaign clothes, and any other perks she recieved when on the campaign trail (and there were MANY perks it seemed to me). Thank goodness this woman never made it to the White House. Maybe SNL will hire her for a few spot walk-ons. Oops, forgot they have Tina Fey for that.

    April 24, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    How is asking for $150 at no cost to taxpayers?

    April 24, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. jules

    Some of you will never figure it out. It is called "politics". Yes, once again, it is one party going after the other. Sen. Stevens just had his conviction overturned because of the one-sided prosecutors that were out to get him. The people that are responsible for these outrageous behaviors are those that are so blindsighted by their own shortcomings they can't see past their own noses. They proclaim to be good and honest people, just looking out for the rest of us, but they are scum of the earth. Leave this woman alone. She is not doing anything to hurt you. Or is she? Why are you afraid of her? Is she capable of doing harm to you? She has not done anything illegal that would be any different from the people you support in politics. Grow up and get over yourselves.

    April 24, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. My2Cents

    There is no need for anyone to say anything regarding Governor Sarah Palin, as she is self-destructing herself.

    It appears she cannot get along with anyone; she must really be a pitbull/barracuda.

    She'll be throwing someone else under the "snowmbile" soon.

    Oh, and Governor, will you take stimulus money to move those Eskimos to safety since they are being flooded out and it will cast 130 million dollars to relocate them? I'm just asking.

    April 24, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Kelby In Houston, TX

    Why would anyone want to vote for someone who needs a legal defense fund? Can't you just be clean? That's okay. The more we see and hear Palin the more we will win

    GO DEMOCRATS

    April 24, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. debinaz

    what are some of you folks afraid of with this woman? what she is down to earth and just as common as the average american? what her daughter had a baby and did not get married? what the father of the child comes from a family that deals meth for a living? do you put people in to office that seem to think that they are better than you?because these folks in washington do think they are better than you...you must adhere to everything they decide that is best for you...when infact the only ones that benefit are those that are sitting in washington....they dont care what happens to you....our president will not be givlng out tax cuts next year....his agenda is what we will have to live by....some of you that are so entitled will totally agree with this agenda, but for some of us that have worked all our lives will find problem with this agenda....truely i already have 2 children to support and i dont feel that i want to raise someone elses...and as far as levi, i dont really think he cares about seeing or being part of his sons life....look at what he is doing.....that is not the actions of a concerned father.....does he support this child? but then look closely at his father and mother... palin has nothing to do with this.....

    April 24, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. SarahWho

    What I do like is when the palinbots state that the dem's must be scared of Palin.

    I would say as a republican – I far from being scared of Palin. I do fear for those who don't read between the lines and say she should be POTUS!!! I would refer all of you back to all the speeches and interviews – especially the ones right after the election! She talked and talked and had no clue what she was speaking about. Too many run-ons for me...

    I do hope she is the chosen vessel to run for 2012 – although she will not make it to the primaries because she will have to go against the others in our party – I welcome her back on stage again just for the entrainment of things. What most people do know – she was used but her little brain exploded to believing she has what it takes and now we can't get rid of the idiot? So keep reporting on her – I will continue to blog about her because it's nothing but comical in my personal perspective!

    April 24, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Theresa

    But of course this is a CNN site. No wonder I see obama cult members out in force.

    Little bugs running around with the same old remarks they have been getting from their messiah for months.

    April 24, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Enlightened Voter

    As a staunch PROUD LIBERAL DEMOCRAT I would actually donate money to her 2012 campaign just to bear witness to her crushing defeat. The look on her face as mccain seceded was worth all the aggravation of listening to her shrill racists pathological lying self during the campaign.

    April 24, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. mrs. mavericky

    she already is gonna make money on her book deal 7 million, stay out of peopes pocket.

    April 24, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. jules

    Too many Americans are filled with such a deep hatred they will stop at nothing to destroy another human being. These senseless attacks against Palin will continue until these people get psychological help, which isn't going to happen so I guess we have to suffer through life with the stupidity of all those that think when an American has a different point of view they are bad and must pay. Palin is a good person and about one-half of the population of our great nation agrees with most of her views. So why is the other one-half attacking her? Are they afraid of her? Of what she stands for (at least she stands for something)? We need to deal with important issues, not create distractions.

    April 24, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. vet in texas

    "the war in Iraq was a mission from God" – as said verbatim by Sarah Palin when introduced by John McCain as her running mate to America at the RNC......anyone who agrees with that statement should give her money.......

    April 24, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Sandy

    I'm still waiting for the ex-brother-in-law to write a book about how Palin tried to have a public servant fired because of family drama.

    April 24, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. MN gal who voted for Obama

    Wow, so Bullwinkle can donate to her "legal defense fund". How appropriate! The only reason this woman is facing "costly ethics complaints" is because much like Norm Coleman....she's dirty!

    April 24, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Ben

    Right on! This woman needs a defense fund to fight all of this baseless, partisan BS. Governor Palin has my full support!

    April 24, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. Theresa

    Wow, these anti Sarah comments really prove just how ugly and vulgar the obama supporters are. No wonder CNN, MSNBC, NBC and all the alphabet circus acts are falling like rocks in the ratings department.

    This is a one way ticket to bankruptcy for the cult member media and obama's cult members are helping them get there fast.

    I remember bobo telling his cult members to get in their faces. It appears he also told them to put on their ACORN faces and attack with vulgarity. How sad his daughters were subjected to such anti-American sermons all their young lives. This man in the WH has waged war on America and all the Sarah haters can see is their hate for conservatism.

    April 24, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Ryan J. Burgess

    Nope. Governor Palin has a lot of problems with the legal. I don't think she needs a fund to help her pay the legal bill. Gov. Palin would waste the taxpayers of Alaska pay her legal fees...

    April 24, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. i can see Russia

    Aren't we lucky this woman is not in washington, thank heaven for that. Sarah will amuse us again in 2012...the money of her book deal should cover her legal team. with this economy she should not be asking people for money. GREEDY WOMAN.

    April 24, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Rich

    I'm not affiliated to any political party and yes I do vote...but a string of ethics cases doesn't magically appear out of thin air.

    If she's having to pay money for a defense then the prosecution must have something concrete against her correct?

    Don't donate a dime.

    April 24, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. djak

    You know, the only reason she was elected was because the incumbent governor was so corrupt and she promised to be an ethical breath of fresh air. The air is fairly stinking now, isn't it?

    April 24, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Fred the Moderate

    Why does she need a defense fund again?

    April 24, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. SN

    Wow! You people are rabid! There's no one else you can vent your hate at? This Palin Derangement Syndrome really needs to be the subject of a psych study. You left nutz act like she's Hitler or Stalin!?!
    Get over yourself, and move on already!

    April 24, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. SN

    Did you all get permission from the Obama Media to vent yourself on her? What the hell is going on with you people? Take a deep breath and get a grip!

    April 24, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Ricky

    Palin has ethic complaints because of her unethical tactics. Come on Sarah, you should have been booted out long ago, pay your lawsuits with your own money. Please, just go away.

    April 24, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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