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. Krejaton

    How quickly the left wing imbecils forget Billary and White Water. When a Democrat does it, it is shrewd. When a Republican does it, it is sleezy.

    Hypocrite much?

    April 24, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Mississippi Mike

    It's sad that well-funded law firms can send a lawmaker like Palin, who came from a blue collar background into deep debt, over frivolous lawsuits. The attacks on her have been to drive her into debt and distract her from her important duties as governor. It's a shame that we've devolved to this as a nation.

    April 24, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. shucks

    So she needs alot of money to defend herself. Sounds like the Ex-Governor from Illinois. Crooked people need defense funds. Pure and simple. They should be calling it the Palin Ponzi scheme fund.

    April 24, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Film Professor

    Hey Alaska,

    You could also vote this clown out of office !! Then you would not have to either contribute to her legal defense fund, or be on the hook for her legal expenses that your state is having to pay.

    April 24, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Leslie

    I've donated to Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund, does any of you got a problem with that? The REAL OPPORTUNISTS here are people like George Soros and CORRUPT Democratic Party.

    April 24, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. David

    After reading all the comments, I'm really hoping Sarah runs in 2012. She gets my vote easily.

    April 24, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Jon

    As a Dem I pray everynight she is the Republican candidate in 12! It would be a Clinton–Dole type of landslide favoring Obama! I think we should have her pay off the debt by being border security against those Russians that live so close! What a joke she and the GOP have become.

    April 24, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Rick Washington state

    The Wicked Shrew of the North strikes again.

    April 24, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. buddhes

    the fact that she and her peers must go to the public to cover legal expenses for their wrongdoings, Shouts to the public that she does not have the kinda of support from big dollars to cover these expenses in the "boys club" way. it says that not only are her opponents, who of course receive the blame for all her integrity problems, don't like her but neither do those who would likely be on her side. her opponents are wise as it is the case she blames everyone for her integrity problems, she will have no problem blaming them when the time is convenient for her. She is not to be trusted.

    April 24, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. d l

    Citizens are demanding accountabily...........and she wants people
    to send her money so she can avoid that accountabilty?

    How about ...suckers don't pay for her legal defense....how about
    Alaska doesn't pay for her defense...how about..SHE pays for
    her own defense? Or ....what if she just takes responsibilty for her
    own actions?

    April 24, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. br

    I would rather give my money to a good charity instead of a cultist politician!!

    April 24, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Jane

    It looks to me like the Governor does not walk the talk if she's racked up that much in legal bills & is asking other to help pay for it. Think of what this does for your national credability???

    April 24, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Palin is a train wreck and is responsible for all her legal problems due to her own ignorance. Next she will ask for legal fees to fight Levi against his own son, which is totally wrong. Palin's value system is lacking in so many ways and she needs to take time to put her own house in order instead of trying to run government affairs. I would be totally embarrassed for the world to see what a mess my family is and talk about family values. She needs to sweep at her own house.

    April 24, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. kate

    Do you hear that taxpayers?
    Because a bunch of liberal, leftists, idiots want to continue to harrass Palin instead of allowing her to Govern her state,
    you the taxpayer must suffer.
    The way they carry on, you'd think we were talking about Chicago instead of Alaska.

    These outrageous, trivial, supposed "ethics" complaints are now costing you the Alaskan taxpayers.
    Take some time and research how phony these "ethics" charges are before you judge Sarah Palin.

    I'd like to know why every time an issue about Palin comes up, all the left wing nut jobs respond without knowing what they're talking about. If you don't care about Palin , or have no accurate information, why do you respond?

    Do any of you have jobs or do you all work for the DNC?

    April 24, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. butcher

    If somebody has to go away, it is this mob of stupid disgusting leftie non-humans together with their leader who pull the country into abyss. Just look in the mirror – Barny Frank, Pelossi, Reed, Soros, Axelrod – rat upon rat – and you will know who you are. I have not even mentioned Obama.
    I will donate full amount.
    Palin lives the life she preaches but she is not protected from life dangers, none of you either.
    Your intelligence, dogs, is demonstrated by your attranction to socialism and handouts.
    We will eventually win!

    April 24, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Bev

    This country could not be more divided. In the last 20 years and in the past 10 especially the liberals have taken partisan politics to a level that is just appalling. It's like the Hatfields and McCoys. Both sides are guilty but 90% of it is liberal. I have every confidence that if a Republican president was faced with a situation where he/she had to do something for the better of the country but to the detriment of his/her party, he would choose what was right for the country. I do not have that confidence in Democrats. In fact...I think Nancy Pelosi would sell her own mother if it were for the good of the Democratic party. The Democrats hate Palin because she's good and she's effective. They can't bring her down using her record against her so they have to be under-handed and scheming trying to sue her out of contention. Well it's not going to work. Conservative women will make sure of that.

    April 24, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Just imagine, she could have been the VP.

    She's an opportunist, who thinks of no one but herself. We can only hope she stays in Alaska. (Sorry Alaskans)

    April 24, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Brandy

    For all of you folks that keep complaining that this is "coming from tax payers" you need to read the story again. This has NOTHING to do with tax money....good grief....prime example of how lies get spread around. This is for anyone who wants to DONATE. donate, get it? not tax dollars....no all of your tax dollars is going for other important stuff like funding oversees abortions, etc.

    April 24, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Mr. C

    Sarah, who do you think you are, Ferris Bueller? Take out an equity loan like everyone else. And to hear that you want to have a "Help Me Help You" fundraiser. Ha Ha Ha. Sarah, stop digging yourself in a hole and make sure your kids finish high school before they think about college.

    April 24, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. jm

    She wouldn't need a legal defense fund if there weren't baseless lawsuits filed against her. Hillary charged the white house for her campaign travel expenses when she was first lady campaigning for her senate seat. Where were the ethics investigations then?

    April 24, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. We love you Sarah!

    Although I'm a democrat, I feel our party needs to drown ourselves with holy water. I will support you and hope things work out with you and your family. As an African-American woman, I am only carrying on the mission of my hero MLK. Where do I send my check?

    April 24, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Mooseburger may have to resort to holding a cardboard sign on a street corner begging for donations. If she had done her job and not been so corrupt, this wouldn't have happened.

    Maybe she could get a second mortgage on her house to pay for her legal fees, and no, don't ask the taxpayers for help...ever!

    How about a yard sale, or write a cookbook on how to prepare moose chili, or mooseburgers?

    April 24, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Ellie, MD

    Gov. Palin better start putting up some of that BOOK-DEAL money because she's going to need it when the Levi family takes her to court over rights he clearly has under Alaska law. I bet Gov. Palin forgot about the LAWS governing her own state that clearly states Levi Johnson has EQUAL RIGHTS to his son as Bristol does.

    Funny that huh?

    April 24, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Carl Justus

    If Sarah Palin would not do anything unethical she would not need a fund to defend herself.

    Let her pay for her own defense and maybe she will quit being unethical.

    Any leader in my book should be doubly sure to do the right thing and not get herself or himself into situations that are questionable.

    April 24, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. Minnesotan

    She's just another typical Republican crook. Only she can't lie her way out of this one. Good riddance Sarah; Tina Fey was the only bright spot of your career.

    April 24, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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