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. Sumar

    Wow shes about as bad as the Govener from Illinois......he is now looking at eating bugs for some reality show to make money....maybe he can team up with Palin........that should make for a gooooood reality show......

    April 24, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Mike S., New Orleans

    She's so much like George W. Bush Jr. She never saw a pile of other people's money that wasn't hers to spend.

    April 24, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Kevin in Ohio

    To those left wing people here who resort to name calling..... can you stop it? You only make yourselves sound even worse than you are.

    April 24, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. andrea

    Legal Defense Fund – You would have to be stupid to give a Penny.

    April 24, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Harvey Weewax

    This never-ending Palin saga is just sad, really.

    It's not even any fun to mock her anymore.

    April 24, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Anonymous

    sorry sarah...i just donated to the dems!

    April 24, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Kevin in Ohio,

    Why was Palin singled out by George Soros and the leftist anti-free speech and thought conspiracy, or is she the only far-right political figure with "normal everyday traditional values"?

    Your pal,
    ~ Chloe

    April 24, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. carol

    True, only a fool and his money are soon parted. Good luck to all those who donate to the bottomless pit of a loser! The only money I would contribute would be to send her on a slow boat to a destination far, far away with no communications!

    April 24, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Ryan

    I am so sick of her and Cheney along with several others. They need to just go away

    April 24, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Simmy

    There's a sucker born every minute?

    April 24, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. ron

    Come suckers send her your money. Mississippi joe and the rest of your right wing nut jobs you have been supporting these people so they can buy there fancy clothes why stop now.

    April 24, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Ghost

    Why is she asking for a handout? Where's her personal responsibility? Why can't she stand on her own two feet?

    I see Obama isn't the only socialist around here. She's taking money fromone group and distributing it to ......herself.

    April 24, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. Diane

    OMG who on EARTH would give their hard-earned money to help defend this clown who has it coming anyway? That is the craziest thing I've ever heard!

    April 24, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Paul

    when Palin gets through with this fund, it will be $20 million in the hole -- you know, just how she left Wasilla.

    April 24, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    This is what happens to REAL candidates of change. They (and their families) are destroyed by the media. GO SARAH 2012!!!

    April 24, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Kitty

    I will GLADLY open my checkbook for Gov. Palin!!!

    You angry dems should direct your anger at Obama for trying to destroy our country!! If he wants to bring down the CIA – why the hell doesn't he just fire all the security surrounding him!! Why does he need around the clock protection??? He thinks he is doing so great at protecting the country – DO AWAY WITH THE SECURITY WE PAY FOR!!!

    April 24, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Ross

    Will they go out and buy some new clothes will all of this money?

    April 24, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. GOP Disaster

    Sarah your 15 minutes is up!

    April 24, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. DK Murphy

    Lady in the know – It's not Sarah per se that we are afraid of. We're afraid that there might be enough people such as yourself who would vote a dangerous half wit into the most powerful office in the world. THAT is truly frightening.

    April 24, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. PAUL

    Unbelievable. Nominating her for Vice President at the Republican Nomination was like opening up a Pandora's box and unleashing Godzilla on the country. Let her pay her own legal fees. By the way I would humbly suggest that she sell her home which i assume is worth well over $1000000. and take the proceeds to pay for her own problems. She blames everyone else for her problems. After she sells her home whe can easily afford a trailer and live there with her brood or maybe go back to Idaho wiyh her Mommy and Daddy. She is a diservice to Alaska and it's people.

    April 24, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. EDDIE

    WOW, a repub with a LEGAL DEFENCE FUND.Go figure

    April 24, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Moderate Democrat

    She needs to be charged with kidnapping as well. She's holding hostage a mans baby. The man wants to see his daughter but Sarah Palin won't allow him time alone with the baby.

    Sarah Palin is the most vile being in existance today. Well, besides Cheney and Rove, ok, it's a three way tie.

    April 24, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. Michael in Pittsburgh

    Couldn't Mrs. Palin simple sell that $150,000 campaing wardrobe that she was given. Oh wait, I forgot, she donated that to charity. Right?

    April 24, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. Andi

    Where's her 'personal responsibility'? New sign for Teabagers: 'Your legal bills are not my problem'.

    Gee, Sarah, isn't it kinda demoralizing to have to ask for a 'handout'? Or is this somehow 'different'? I see – foodstamps given to a poor family is a handout, $150 to a wealthy governor's legal campaign isn't?

    April 24, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. Charlotte

    Why is this being reported as if it were news? Nobody cares. Who would give money to that woman for ANYTHING? If she is in ethics trouble she is ethically obligated to spend her own money to try and weasel out of it. Please stop talking about this ninny.

    April 24, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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