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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soundoff (381 Responses)
  1. JPC

    She's asking for people to help her defend her own unethical actions! Unbelievable! All of those lawsuits are NOT illegitimate! Sarah was engaging in some shady stuff. Look....she's going to be a millionaire once she signs her book deal.

    April 24, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Craig

    I have commited ethics violations so give me money to pay for it so I can keep commiting them with no cost to my state and the people that were dumb enough to elect me.

    April 24, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    It's called KARMA sarah, you know like when you lied and spread false information about our President? Well it's come back to haunt you!

    April 24, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Dieter Zerressen, Denver, CO

    I see the trend: whenever a Republican gets caught with his or her hands in the cookie jar it's "political tricksters" who are trying to bring down the government. It's never those the fault of those folks, their greed, their corruption, their air of entitlement to power and privelege.

    April 24, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Jeff W.

    You can tell how intelligent someone is by looking at their eyes. Have you ever noticed how dumb this woman looks? She just seems vapid. I am so embarrassed for America that this woman is in the public eye and I'm ashamed that there are people who actually continue to support this obviously self-involved politician.

    April 24, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Elliott

    Thanks but no thanks. Sarah, you have enough money to pay for this yourself. And don't tell me about this costing Alaska's taxpayers money either. You didn't care about that when you were charging them to work out of your house, now were you?

    April 24, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. katiec

    Political tricksters? Reform?
    What hypocrasy. Palin conducted one of the dirtiest campaigns in the history of our country, inciting hate, anger, unrest and the division of our country in her speeches.
    Read where Alaska leads the list in earmarks. Also, the funds Palin is wanting to refuse includes millions of dollars for the special needs children. Whose budget she slashed prior to the birth of her baby.
    If she is so wonderful why is she having to spend over a half million dollars for her defense?

    April 24, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. TM in CO

    Oh yeah. Find me my checkbook. I'll donate every dime I have to her defense fund. YEA RIGHT!! I would however contribute to anyone who is willing to keep this woman out of the national spotlight!!!

    April 24, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Notnek

    Tricksters- Sarah- Please: The rhetoric that falls out of your mouth and the acting lessons really don't cut it any more. You , your family,and your administration are a mockery of legality and morality.

    April 24, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. lady in the know

    Me thinks that these comments duth protest too much. What is all your problems with Palin? Are you all afraid of her? It seems to me that you are afraid she will give the annointed one a run for YOUR money in the next election so you need to insult her all you can now.
    She is not a sinking ship and she is not going to go away. It is quite obvious that SOMEONE is scared that she is going to gain steam and be a real threat in the next election so they need to try and neutralize her now. And all you people are falling for it. She was bashed and battered during the last election as the press wanted Obama at all costs and all you that voted for him were the media's sheep. You followed their lead and elected him, no questions asked. Now, she is minding her own business, or trying to, and the press still wants to bash and badger her. And you all are still following blindly along. Leave her alone and mind your OWN business.

    April 24, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. lived9lives

    Sarah -"... end the siege on our government by political tricksters. " The most recent ethics complaint was filed by an everyday housewife with NO political affiliations. She simply requested that her governor be present in the State of Alaska during the final 4 days of the congressional session. You know to finish things like the State's budget....Yes, I'm sure this complaint rises to the level of a "siege" and "political trickster". And of course Americans in the lower 48 are supposed to fund Palin's attempts to silence her constituents.
    Personally I can't decide which VICTIM I should send my money to – Palin or Octumom.

    April 24, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Jeff in Virginia

    Thank you to the gracious Americans who are helping keep Sarah Palin on the national stage.

    We couldn't do it without you.

    April 24, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. jm

    stop crying people. Clinton did the same thing with his legal defense fund.

    April 24, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    Thanks, but no thanks, Sarah. I never contribute to unworthy causes.

    April 24, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. lawyermommy

    She is doing what she has to do.

    Say what you will about this spirited semi literate governor, a shrinking violet she is not!

    Good for you Sarah, raise that money. Shake that fist, shoot that moose. Use what your mama gave ya. 🙂

    April 24, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Chris Adamson

    I can't believe people were supporting her in the 2008 election campaign. I hope she goes flat broke with all of the attorney's fees.

    April 24, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Uhhhh, Governor Palin ... you wouldn't need a legal defense fund, if you actually walked your talk! People who live, work and speak ethically, honestly and without personal malice towards others ... usually, don't end up needing a ship load of lawyers and legal fees that have to be retired.

    April 24, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Sniffit

    Soooooo, the GOPers who complain about spending and how errant taxation is ruining our way of life see fit to ask Americans to waste their money donating to their personal legal defense funds? $150 to Sarah Palin's legal defense fund OR $150 to rebuild roads and bridges, reform health care, etc.? Hmmmm...is it just me? Am I the only one who senses just a wee bit of hypocrisy here?

    April 24, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. Biased

    Here we go with another attack Palin comment list that will top everything posted here all week. 16 written already and all negative of course. No matter what this Governor does the dems will come out to attack full force. Why don't you people get a life and leave her's alone unless you are a resident of Alaska.

    April 24, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Big John

    Sarah every time you open your mouth you stick your foot in it so if you keep your mouth shut you wouldn't need defending. You had your 15 minutes. Go back to Wasilla and let someone qualified take over. You're a disgrace to our state.

    April 24, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Kevin in Ohio

    Where do I send my check? Its truly a shame that this woman is being subjected to the typical character assassination the left-wing is so accustomed to. If someone has opposing views, i.e. normal everyday traditional values, the full force of George Soros and the left will be brought to bear to stifle free speech and thought.

    April 24, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. FAYE, NV

    Sara not the smartest in the bunch, preaching one thing and living another. She is more of a taker and thief plus she incite hatred.

    I personally think she should be impeached and charged for the crime of charging the tax payers money to live in her own house. When is the justice.

    April 24, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Sher

    WOW when will this end? Now she has to set up a fund to cover legal expenses? I feel sorry for Alaskans she is all about herself and does nothing for her state or the United States. She's the perfect Republican, changes laws and views to cover her actions, great justifications. Thank god people see her for who she is.... a selfish, self-centered nobody.

    April 24, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. Caleb

    How can we contribute to her opponents, so they can keep up their "overtly partisan and unnecessarily personal political attacks?"

    April 24, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. Neel T

    You must go away, Sarah Palin... Stop what you are doing. It won't end up well for you, and definitely not for us, if you are successful. I suggest you count your graces that you even got elected as a governor of a state of our great country. Return to the Aleutian Islands and patrol the Alaskan seas to defend us from Siberian Terrorists threats..

    April 24, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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