April 24th, 2009
07:05 PM ET
9 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. Alaska's Voice Of Reason...

    It is plainly and simply obvious to those who live in Alaska...

    Sarah Palin was elected as Governor of Alaska because everyone wanted Frank Murkowski (the past Governor) out of office and she was the lesser of two evils. She was never even remotely qualified to be Vice President and barely covers her job as Governor. She has no chance of making it to President in 2012, and anyone who votes for her needs serious mental health therapy. I bet many murky dealings will come to light after she is done, gone, and almost forgotten...

    Sarah has built a nice bank account, but does not listen to the people of Alaska and has done little to make life different for those who work hard to make the State of Alaska function. Sarah needs to close that big mouth and open those little ears so she can hear the people of Alaska and the visionary ideas they offer...

    Good luck in your future elections Sarah, but you lost my vote forever and I hear that from every person I live around in Alaska. We in Alaska are plain tired of government corruption and manipulation.

    Here is an idea Sarah, Pay your own freakin legal bills for your own freakin legal problems. Don't create a freebie money fund open your purse strings and be responsible for your own obligations!!!

    April 24, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. LARRY


    April 24, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. dan

    Oh those TRICKSTERS. They have caused poor Sarah to ask for a handout. She is the poster child for the Grand Old Phony party. When "Liberals" ask for handouts it's bad. But when Republicans ask for them, it's necessary. Earmarks are awful, unless they are for a Republican Governor. Tax raises are wrong, unless you are the Republican Mayor of a city. Sex outside of marriage is a sin. Unless your mother is a Governor. Then you are noble because you didn't have an abortion. So you didn't compound a mortal sin with another mortal sin. The press is wicked, unless I need them to get publicity to get hand outs for my defense fund. And on and on.

    April 24, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Jessica

    She disgusts me. Her pursuit to murder the wolves and bears of Alaska through aerial hunting and the "bombing" of wolf dens is despicable and utterly unnecessary. Please don't donate any of your hard earned money to her cause.

    Donate to the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund instead.

    Go to http://www.eyeonpalin.org to learn more about this heartwrenching situation in the Alaska wild.

    1,067 wolves have been killed since 2003. 244 wolves have been killed this season alone. Please help if you can.

    April 24, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. kirk

    This from the Queen of "political tricksters" and "personal political attackers." Wow. If you could harness audacity into energy this woman could light 200 million homes for a decade.

    April 24, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Hilary

    Why doesn't she take her own advice and "pull herself up by the bootstraps" instead of looking for handouts from the public?

    April 24, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. diane ca

    what else is Palin and her family going to do? She has done enough not only to herself, but to the Johnston's with her antics. can't she just go away?

    April 24, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. OBAMA

    every single pro palin comment i have seen has been stupid and ill informed – "do away with the security you pay for" democrats being so decisive over the last 20 years, etcetera. Come ON America are we really this stupid?

    April 24, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. seabee

    Hell, let CNN pay all of Palin's legal exspenses......they have her on their CNN editorial roll call anyway!!!! CB

    April 24, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Stu-Florida

    Don't do the crimes, if you can't do the time or pay for your own defense fund.
    Why would the good people of Alaska have to pay these???

    April 24, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. The Nerve of this woman!

    I cannot believe this woman has the audacity to ask for other people to pay for her legal fees to face charges of fraud and corruption. She is a shameless self-promoter who gives extremely "crazy", polarizing Republicans a hard on because of her so-called "religious" standing. If she cannot stand the heat and face the scrutiny that most politicians have to endure, she has no business being in it. Obviously, her actions contributed to the inquiry. ALASKANS are smarter and better than that, she may win the war on the Press because it's always good to have news of something crazy and out of this world, she does not fool the good folks across the country. Money will be better spent getting her out of office.

    April 24, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. Amanda

    Why is she not more concerned about the article printed earlier. There is a town in Alaska that is being flooded and sunken by the melting glaciers. The effects of global warming is diminishing this little native eskimo town.
    Why is she not publically speaking out about that?

    April 24, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. OBAMA

    "i can see russia from my house!" – Sarah Palin I have been to wasilla and u can't see anything – wasilla isnt even on the open ocean its on cook inlet maybe palin was seeing the other side of the inlet shes even dumber than i thought

    April 24, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. william

    a legal fund? are you kidding me? i guess sarah really does have special needs after all. all that reforming of alaska's troubled political past has caught up with her. karma is a dish best served with a side of moose.

    April 24, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. Bernard

    I'm not sure I want Gov. Palin to go away. For absolutely no cost to myself, I get to watch somebody bungle their personal & political life on a regular basis, live in comical & woeful denial & sound an obviously false note of indignation that she should become a victim of external forces, not recognizing the chickens are coming home to roost.

    So. Here's my joke for her:

    Instead of asking ordinary citizens to foot her legal bill, why doesn't she ask the GOP party for their credit card, as she did when purchasing clothes for her & her family during the campaign? Such would knock off $200K.

    Okay. The joke needs work. She really is the best joke herself.

    April 24, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. Suzanne

    Sarah, I hope they foreclose on your house. And way to drag young Levi through the mud. It seems you'll throw anyone to the dogs in order to protect the 'good name' of your unwed-teen-mother daughter. You are so disgusting, it hurts.

    April 24, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. emorep

    Face it Repubs, Palin is burnt toast! Only losers will continute to follow a loser.

    Understand this Repubs (and followers), the old values of your base are simply that, OLD and getting older and gone. You're regressing instead of progressing. Meghan McCain is the face of the new Repub party. She's looking more like a centrist Repub/Democrat, so live with it. Truth is, she's a hybrid and that's a compliment.

    April 24, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. Torin from Georgia

    What a joke. Sarah Palin is asking the public for funds to pay her attorney's fees for the legal entanglements she has created. That is like Bernie Madoff asking the public to bail him out for the Ponzi scheme he created that led to his indictment and guilty plea. Palin is pathetic. At least Bernie Madoff finally admitted his guilt . . . . Palin has blamed everyone herself for her legal problems.

    April 24, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. Chris in Va.

    Perhaps Mrs. Palin should have herself a good ol' ,down home, real American type exorcism to rid herself of them there politacal demons that are haunting her and causing her to say them there stupid things, ya betcha!!!!

    April 24, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Mad Dog

    Palin....I mean Tina Fet.....this is for real Saturday Night Live stuff.....only Sarah doesn't know that.

    Pandering is another word for Palin

    April 24, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. workndude

    Paul H, I don't know how you missed it, you must have been on vacation, there were a LOT of negitive comments about Hillary asking for money... And she is an intelligent, hard working, people serving human being. Not a moose eating, book burning, education hating, wolf shooting idiot!

    Palin/Cheney 2012

    April 24, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |

    Oh please Republican base – nominate her in 2012 – it will be such fun to watch Obama get over 400 electoral votes as he wins a second term!

    April 24, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. Chris James

    She has officially earned the title of "Typical Politician"

    April 24, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. Sue

    Do any of the Professional Liberal Bloggers(PLB) know that the reason Gov. Palin needs the legal defense fund is because the liberals are filing ridiculus lawsuits over a lot of nothing! They are trying to bankrupt her and ruin her name which tells me they still fear her.
    Get your facts straight, PLB's, and earn your money from ACORN, LaRaza, and Obama "honestly".

    April 24, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. Alfred E. Neumann

    The vulgarity and offensive comments by far lefties on CNN never ceases to amaze me.

    A legal defense fund for a Democrat (you fill in the name) – no problem.

    A legal defense fund for someone with whom you disagree with – sick postings.

    April 24, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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