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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soundoff (381 Responses)
  1. spscrunch

    Good for her! It only ruins our democratic system if we continually force people to pay for over a million dollars of frivolous complaints.

    April 24, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. sfcali

    puh-lease, if you need more money, get a second job like the rest of us.

    What patriotic gains do we make by giving her money so she can pay her legal fees? Oh, is it to 'turn back the tide of overtly partisan and unnecessarily personal political attacks"? These attacks have occurred at every presidential election...even probably in any kind of election historically. It's not new. It will never go away. She makes more money than I do, she should be able to independently pay for her own things – isn't that the American way?

    No Palin in 2012. She still won't be caught up and educated by that time.

    April 24, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. msukeg

    Anybody that uses the word "trickster" gets zero donations from me. Obviously they don't have a dictionary, nor do they play with the rules that came in the box.

    April 24, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. carolflowery

    Sarah, we are there for you:)

    April 24, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Carl

    Doesn't she have a plane to sell on Ebay or some snow machines? Come on GOP. This is the face of your future? I used to respect people who call themselves conservatives. Two of my four groomsmen were decorated Republican Volunteers, one a Democrat and one a Green. Now we're all Dems. The GOP has jumped the shark and even as a lifelong Dem, I can say it is dangerous for our country. Entertaining yes, but dangerous.

    April 24, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Unimpressed in Alaska

    I live in Alaska. I live in Wasilla. I am not impressed with Sarah Palin and a lot of other Alaskans feel the same way that I do. Sarah Palin turned Wasilla into a Giant Strip Mall along a Major Highway. There is nothing picturesque about Wasilla there nothing about Wasilla for anyone to be overly proud of as far as a City goes. We are kind of like a Big Truck stop on the interstate would be in the lower 48.

    Sarah is a junkyard dog that will bite at anything and then try to justify it by blaming others.

    April 24, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. JV

    lol @ a rich person with power asking us for money.

    April 24, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Anthony McMahon-Illinois

    Is she for real? "Political tricksters?" So the Alaskan legislature that held an informal trial and found she had breached her ethical obligations are "political tricksters?" I hope people understand that this lady's idea of being reform-minded is not what most reform-minded people would deem reform. Her husband has beena card carrying member of a secessonist group; she thinks it's okay to weild power as if she were royalty (which she thinks she is); and she doesn't make any decisions until the "first dude" has his say. That's ridiculous.

    April 24, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. Sean

    Why is Palin incapable of ever accepting or admitting any responsibility for her actions? It's always someone else's fault – political opponents up to "mischief". Give me a break. Palin is an unethical, unwise politician who has made her own bed, and maybe some day she'll actually have to lie in it.

    April 24, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. chaz

    Are there people who really are dumb enough to pay for Sarah getting caught in illegal activity? Well, as the man said, " There's one born every minute."

    April 24, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Stop It

    If she would stop doing wrong, there would not be a need for a legal fund to payoff her legal debts.

    April 24, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. Ron

    Jan 20, 2012 Sarah Palin takes the Oath of Office.
    Jan 21, 2012 All abortions must cease.
    Jan 22, 2012 All American citizens MUST carry a weapon.
    Jan 23, 2012 Sarah Palin visits middle east. Insists America will drill, drill, drill.
    Jan 24, 2012 World war three begins.

    April 24, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Lisa in Shelton

    Will she pay taxes on all these gifts? Hey IRS are you watching?

    April 24, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Patricia in Las Vegas

    Love how they are going to release the names of the donors. Will make public who the true blind sheep are haha

    April 24, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Connie

    She needs a legal defense fund because she knows she's got more skeletons to come out of her closet!

    April 24, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. hjs3

    Sorry but S/P is not a person of interest in any regard. but I wish Alaskans all the best in getting rid of her. Phew!

    April 24, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. PK California

    Anyone who has money to throw away could donate to such a fund, but I would demand to see a $1 for $1 accounting on how this money is used. My gut feeling is, it come right on the heels of Levi saying he will be launching a court fight to gain a father's right to share custody of his son! HMMMMMMMMMMMM Could it be possible that this money would be used to fight him in court??????? I wouldn't give one red cent for that purpose. Giver beware!!!!!

    April 24, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Miles

    Any time a politician pulls out the Nixon defense (i.e. Palin's "We're fighting off my political enemies."), it's time for them to go! Governing is about working for the general good, and Sarah Palin seems more interested in self preservation.

    April 24, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. SWLBuffalo

    Must be great to have other people take care of your problems. Seriously though, she's the funniest thing in politics right now. These weekly or bi-weekly stories of her idiocy really give me a good laugh.

    April 24, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. LC

    If the people from Alaska fall for this, then they deserve her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 24, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. WhoCares?

    She's asking taxpayers to pay for her legal bills?

    Good Lord...The women is pure useless in human skin.

    April 24, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. Chris in Va.

    The REAL "Northern Exposure". You can't even make this stuff up.

    April 24, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. I laugh at Limbaugh daily

    She is hated because she tried to incite people at her pre-election rallies to kill people.

    April 24, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. A Rogers

    Yes, that evil bipartisan trickery!!!!

    April 24, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. David Newport, OR

    oh those tricksters...

    Alaskans, your check over the next couple of years will not be what you are used to because of all the tricksters...and if you believe that, I have ocean front property to sell you.

    April 24, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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