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. obama/mama

    What goes around comes around. She was a real jerk during the election and now she is looking for help.

    April 24, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. The Watcher

    More smoke and mirrors to make it seem that the guy actually has opposition. We know the deal!

    April 24, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. SHIRLEY "60"

    The people who contribute money to this woman will never be able to really help her because with many of her actions past, present, and probably future, she sets herself up for more and more legal problems. As long as Palin remains as overly ambitious as she is, and makes no real effort to mentally improve herself, she will fail her real goal of president. She should realize that her efforts to just be seen and heard are doing her more harm than good, and that if we are forced to keep hearing about her byway of the news media, the more fatigued this country will be of her in 4 years. She obviously does get that sometimes less, is best.

    April 24, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. icculus

    So, she's asking for donations to help pay her legal fees?? This just keeps getting better and better.

    April 24, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. JPC

    No way! People should not be fooled. Sarah has money. I'd rather donate to feed the hungry or homeless. It absolutely irks me when people who have money seek donations from others........this goes for the Clintons as well. Stop begging!

    April 24, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. ANGIE IN PA

    Now she wants Tax Payers to Fund her Legal Fees are you KIDDING ME UNBELIVABLE I thank God everyday President Obama won!

    April 24, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Ohio Man

    This is what happenes when you come out the house barking all loud and saying nothing like she was really gonna bite some 1 and got smacked with a wet newspaper.. her biggest political mistake was saying YES to McCain, now she has been exposed and all the bones are falling out of the closet as well as the 3rd grade grammer coming out of her mouth.. WELCOME TO AMERICA (the lower states) palin..

    April 24, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    What the heck does she mean "at no cost to the tax payers of Alaska?" Where does she think the money will come from? The end of the rainbow? Someone will still have to "cough up" a donation instead of tax dollars. I suppose then that Palin will allow a "tax deduction" for Alaska donors.

    April 24, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Valarie Isacc

    I am so scared of Sarah Palin. She is simply not a good person!

    April 24, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Obama Victim

    sending my check today..........Sarah in 2013............it is imperative we dump this loser we have now

    April 24, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. James

    Everyone should give $.01 or whatever minimum it will take on a credit card donation. Then the fees associated with the credit card transaction will eat the donation and then some up if people do so in mass volume.

    April 24, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. bkrbabe

    she wants us to pay for her mistakes? wow, why didn't i think of that...

    will she pay my bills when she becomes solvent?

    April 24, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Tom in Alaska

    Well if she did her job right she wouldn't have so many ethics complaints. More and more people in alaska are getting real tired of her not doing her job up here. The person who needs a defence fund is Levi Johnson with his fight with the Palins over his son.

    April 24, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Happy with the President

    Here are few ideas how to get the money, Sarah: garage sale, lemonade stand and moose burger sale. This will be enough, don't you think?

    April 24, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Sumar

    Sarah could have a garage sale and sell some of the goodies she got while running for VP and she could have a bake sale........ I'm sure someone out there loves the wildlife she cooks up......... but someone better watch where this money goes, she maybe looking for funds that she is going to need if the father of her grandson takes her to court......she is good at obstruction, remember her x brother in law and troopgate,,,,,,,now she is obstructing the father from seeing his own son..........when does she have time to Govern Alaska......

    April 24, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. George- Chicago

    I'd give $1000 if she would promise to shut up and stay up in Alaska the way that she did before McCain went and got her.

    April 24, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Joanna

    Oh my goodness, now she needs a legal fund for all her indiscretions? and she blames it( like always) on someone else? Does she think the rest of the the USA is a stupid as her? She really is entertaining, but that is about it.

    April 24, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Bassman

    What Gov. Palin is enduring is a Nixon style dirty tricks campaign. Gov. Palin was the peoples candidate. Unpretentious in manner, and a fighter to the end. What other Governor is hit by ethics complaints for wearing a Artic Cat snow outfit, or giving a speech as she did in Indiana. These attacks will backfire.

    April 24, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. BL2009

    Unnecessary Personal Political Attacks. Is she going to give some of that money to Obama for the way she treated him during the 2008 campaign?

    April 24, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Christopher

    Makes a lot of sense for someone to donate to a defense fund for a Governor that claims to be a christian but wont allow the father of her grandchild leave her home with his child. You have gotta be kidding me!!! Strangely the Plains don't even have a legit reason for that kind of behavior.

    April 24, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Thy Will Be Done

    Christians -

    This post read .... "Together, we can help Governor Palin and future elected officials turn back the tide of overtly partisan and unnecessarily personal political attacks."

    In her initial introduction to the nation at the Republican National Convention, Ms. Palin ...initiated a wave of overtly partisan and unnecessarily personal political attacks. She is reaping what she sowed. Seems she must not have a shown up for Bible Study on the night they taught that.

    Vengence is mine sayeth the Lord. Is it possible that Sarah's troubles are God looking away from her?

    April 24, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. John

    Palin legal defense fund? Why? Sounds kinda socialistic.

    Aren't Republicans supposed to be all about individual responsibility and taking care of oneself? Isn't asking for a donation a sign of weakness?

    April 24, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Candy West Virginia

    I truly needed a good laugh, thanks CNN! Seriously I know there is not one demented person who would even think about donating to this clueless pathological liar!

    April 24, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. Obama aka Barry

    Sorry, I can't contribute to Palins campaign. She might think I'm a socialist and won't accept my money. And I voted for OBAMA!!!

    April 24, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. Greg in Colorado

    Sarah,
    wow you truely are a maverick. you would have been the first VP to ever be indicted and under investigation even before you entered office. YOU really need to pat yourself on the back.

    April 24, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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