April 24th, 2009
07:05 PM ET
6 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

    Maybe Levi Johnson will give her some cash when he makes his movie and book deals.

    April 24, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Steve in CT

    The vast majority of suits are connected to Alaskan politicians trying to distroy the governer because she's been going after corruption in the Alaskan government. They're trying to distroy her before she exposes them and people are attacking her why? It's not a soap script unless you make it one people. And what ever happened to liberalists standing for letting people do, say and feel as they want? Libereralists now say "Only if the person thinks just like me or I'll distroy him/her". The true America is a thing of the past and it's YOUR doing people. Grow up or kill America.

    April 24, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Tom

    The legal defense fund will be turned into campagin startup money.

    This is another lie of Palin! Will it ever stop!

    Earth to Palin! You will never get near the WH. Period.

    April 24, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Dennis

    Every time Sarah Palin makes the news there's a Democrat somewhere smiling. Is this really the future of the Republican Party?

    April 24, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Chamorrita, MD

    Americans donating to this fund are beyond STUPID.

    STUPID DOES what STUPID IS.

    Gov. Palin is a MILLIONAiRE, she just signed a 7-figure book deal. WHY are you fools donating your HARD EARNED money to this woman who couldn't care less about you or your life?

    Americans need to WAKE UP. Gov. Palin is laughing all the way to the bank on your dime!!

    April 24, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. DSH

    Are you freakin kidding me???? Anyone who gives this woman a red cent should have their head examined!!! Palin is just like the rest of the GOP...not a shred of decency or sliver of intelligence and absolutely no accountability!

    And what's up with Cheney getting all mouthy? He's another. More of same.

    The GOP used to be respected. This bunch in there now is nothing better than thugs.

    April 24, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Sorry Pilan

    Bev! Your are wrong!!! It is the Republicans that have been so very devisive over the past 20 years. And what has Palin been affective in doing? Losing the presidency for John McCain???

    April 24, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Bogus

    Well, well well...all those goops who think she is the new face of the gop, she is actually the old face of the gop...with lipstick!

    ....facing a string of ethics charges......

    at least she didn't torture anyone, except the people who watched her try to answer simple questions!!!!

    April 24, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Billy Smith

    everyone should donate $1.00. But do it one penny at a time. That would cost them more money to process the donations than the donations themselves.

    April 24, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. magella

    I thought one of the basic Republican values was taking care of your own problems and not asking others to bail you out–because that would be SOCIALISM.

    Welcome to the world according to the GOP, where words and actions are diametrically opposed.

    April 24, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Big Ed

    Don't do the crime if you can't pay the fine!

    April 24, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    To the never ending saga of Sarah. the sequel will be, The Sarah and Levi Story ( and she is not even married to him).

    This woman is trying to run a state and run her family at the same time while wanting to run the US Government as President. It's like she is trying to walk and chew gum at the same time. All I can say is that she does not appear to be doing either one well.

    With the wide open space she has between her ears our space program could save billions of dollars by firing the Space Shuttle out into the space of her head. While it is just as much of a void as outer space, it's a lot closer to earth and would be safer as far as a space rescue would be concerned.

    April 24, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Kathryn

    If the governor was honest and ethical, this foolishness wouldn't be necessary. I wouldn't give her a dime. She dug herself into the hole...let her dig herself out.

    Haven't we heard enough about Palin? I'd even rather read about the Obama's dog!

    April 24, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Pam

    Another Republican who wants everyone else to pay for her mistakes and her new wardrobe!

    April 24, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Adam in school

    Who are the people out there who are willing to protect her from the things she has done? She has done many ethically wrong. She should be willing to foot the bill for any legal charges. I mean she's probably going to just keep doing things that will get her in trouble. For example the fact she charged the state for the time she spent at home. Or the whole trooper gate thing. Who still supports this lady.

    April 24, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. AUSTIN,TX

    Obama victim-sarah will never be potus in this life time or next. so, all the money in the world will not help her accomplish this.

    April 24, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. nick

    It is difficult to believe, that inspite of all the lies, racist comments, hateful and crude comments that have come out of this women´s mouth, there are still people who want to support and defend her.
    It just proves that the Republican party attracts the most extream and ignorant among us.

    April 24, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Irma in North Carolina

    Well I wonder how many people will give her money, this will tell how many people will vote for her. I think she should ask Rus, coulter and Ingram to help her, the three of them could pay off the whole thing for her.

    April 24, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. KC

    WOW amazing Palin is looking for everyday people to pay her legal fees...

    I guess for those that actually send money to her just proves there is a S u c k e r born every day.

    Just think people BUT for the Grace of God she would have been our VP. Now this a scary thought...

    April 24, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. AP in Illinois

    Bev April 24th, 2009 11:40 am ET – 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 could not let this one slide. If you live in a cave and have never heard of or listened to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Anne Coulter, (and that's just the tip of the iceberg) perhaps this might be true . There is NOBODY in public government or the media supporting Democrats and/or liberals that even approach the level of divisiveness and demonization of their opponents that these 3 have been preaching for years.

    April 24, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Ed

    Maybe she can help me pay my last speeding ticket.

    April 24, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    Ghost,

    It's really no different than what Bill Clinton did to offset his legal defense, now is it?

    April 24, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. Tom

    I am trying to understand where the attributes of "traditional, family values" and "hard working individualist" fit an individual who made $196,531 (public record) as Gov last year, with an additional $66 grand in other income (again public record) and is now asking for handouts from the public to "help her pay her bills". I did not make 262 grand last year did you ?

    April 24, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Andy from CA

    Call it what you will, "legal defense fund." I call it the old "Slush Fund."

    April 24, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. dmcd

    @kevin in Ohio,

    Why are you only chastising the left-leaning posts that name call?
    I counted more that 20 references to "loony leftists" in this stream. That is just one name that the conservative posters are calling liberals.
    If the left makes themselves sound worse than they are by name calling, what happens when conservatives name call.

    You make yourself seem more like a right-wing ideologue apologist than you are by only chastising one side when both sides are clearly name calling.

    April 24, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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