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. Joe in Austin

    Vice-President of the United States

    April 24, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Razor Willy

    Any one that gives you dollars, should have spent the money on their own mental health issues...

    April 24, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Roger

    I can not believe that any human being with one drop of a brain would fall for such a hoax.....I do not mean to sound rude but any one giving to this fund is ignorant.....

    April 24, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Larry


    Just tell me wher to send the money so in 2012 you are ready to slam BHO back to the corrupt Chicago political sham he came from.

    April 24, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. bruce morningstar

    Why does she need public money to defend her own actions. There is no valid reason for providing her with money for her defense. That is the same as establishing a defense fund for OJ Simpson or Charles Manson. They deserve it and need it more than Palin does. She makes plenty of money. She should just hire a lawyer and pay out of her own checkbook, like the rest of us would have to do if we were sued or charged, whether the charges were real or not. How about joining the rest of America, if she really is a hockey mom and not an elitist!

    April 24, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. joseph

    She is smart. She knows she is not going to get anywhere in the bigger political arena so she is trying to make as much money now while she still can. There are still suckers out there, you know.

    April 24, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Jerry

    Go back on Saturday Night Live and make a real good case for yourself. You were a joke, and you were laughed at around the country. So now you are asking for a BAILOUT from the American tax payers? Throw in a few extra bucks folks, for legal fees to keep Levi away. She managed to hide the mean-spirited persona that drives her for awhile. One big happy family. When losing was becoming a reality, she went on the attack. Reminds you of John Mccain doesn't it.

    April 24, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Erin

    Sarah Palin, you created your own mess, now stop begging for others to help bail you out!

    April 24, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Mooseburger & Dark Overlord Cheney can't seem to understand they are nothing more than a bad joke! This dynamic duo need the generous application of duct tape to shut them up.

    Both are an embarrassment and are hurting the GOP by showing the divisiveness and shallowness they possess.

    She must be desparate to get funds for her legal defense as she is so corrupt.

    April 24, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. David

    Way tah go, Sarah! There's nuthin' like showin' yer level of acountability than by hirin' a buncha lawyers ta handle yer prahblems. Why don'tcha get yer own house in order, before ya start blamin' everyone else?

    Are ya by any cheeyance raisin' money fer when Todd has an "accident" involvin' Levi? Betcha know the answer, don'tcha?

    April 24, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Ursula

    LOL – Can I giver her a wooden nickel? Or maybe some 3 dollar bills...

    April 24, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. John-Sturgis, S. Dakota

    Palin is nothing but a filthy opportunist who uses the ignorant population to her advantage.

    April 24, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Lisa in FL

    Do the prosecutors in any of these "ethic" cases have a website? I would be more than happy to donate to that cause....frequently.

    April 24, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. Bill Sampson

    Fools can give their money however they see fit, as long as it is not tax deductible! Maybe they can use some of that money to pay Levi to go away and stop spilling the sordid family (values?) secrets.

    April 24, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Shadysider

    Pay for my defense – otherwise we're charging tax payers. How about you use your stipend from living at home?

    April 24, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. chuck

    Talk about a Governor begging for cash on line!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What's next for Sarah Palin?????? How LOW can anyone stoop?????? DEBTS will make you do the IMPOSSIBLE. Beg,Beg,Beg.

    April 24, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Frank in Wilton Manors

    a fool and his money are soon parted.

    April 24, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. Jennie

    Legal defense fund? Seems she'll need it – the woman has problems with ethics and integrity.

    Now go away.

    April 24, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. fudge

    CNN...keep the torture coming, please stop it, she's annoying us! Pleae!

    April 24, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. Angela Tacoma

    Hopefully all of Palin's legal problems will grow and fill her tiny world so much that she will never have time to make a public comment again...

    April 24, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Barbara Independent in NY

    Strange. Why would a holier than thou right right wing nut have ethics complaints against her? Where can I donate to make her GO AWAY?

    April 24, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. Liberal and Proud of It dot com

    I say, "Go, Sarah, Go!"

    If anyone can lead Conservatism to a well-deserved extinction, it is Sarah Palin. We need to encourage her candidacy for the 2012 presidential nomination. This is the woman we have been looking for all these years. And all you Conservatives need to get out your checkbooks and make a big contribution to her defense fund and her PAC. America needs her.

    April 24, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. George Broze

    I desperately want her to run in 2012 because I love Tina Fey so much!

    April 24, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Rob

    So can someon explain to me what the difference is between Palin doing this and Clinton doing this. She did the same exact thing, you people are such hypocrites.

    April 24, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Fair is Fair

    I've never seen so much hate directed towards 1 woman. Are you people afraid of her or something?

    April 24, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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