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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  1. Ken

    And, of course, she will need a new wardrobe for her appearances and Todd will need new silk boxers. When does that collection start?

    April 24, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Dear TV - Please Read Books

    Ugghhh..she's so awful. "Unnecessarily personal political attacks"...hmm. Like the entire basis of her campaign for VP? She did more to incite hate in this country in a few short months than anyone I can remember in my 23 years of life. She used Obama's middle name to work her ignorant and racist crowds into a frenzy. In addition she accused him of "pallin' around with terrorists" and there was no question what the obvious result of these attacks were. She wanted to paint him as a Muslim – an "Arab" as one woman put it. At least, John McCain had the honor to try to correct that woman, though admittedly he said "No, he's a decent family man" (or some version of that) as if an Arab is incapable of being a decent family man. But like I said, he tried. Sarah Palin's entire strategy was to try to make ignorant Americans fear Barack Obama. That's still the Republican strategy – "he's a Socialist!", "he's trying to ruin the future for my child!", "he's selling us out to Latin American dictators" (who were elected actually...), blah blah blah. They're hate mongering is so tiring. Sarah Palin doesn't want the personal attacks to stop...she lacks the brains to defend herself against policy attacks. She loves nothing more than to blame ALL of her problems on someone else. As for the media, you can't expect them not to cover a trainwreck of such proportions.

    April 24, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Claudette

    Pay you own legal bills Sarah Palin, sell the clothes....Just so everyone knows she came to my state spreading hate from the bully pulpet. Palin is a hate-monger, who I would not elect dog catcher. Watch you funds Alaska, she is at your register.

    April 24, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Not right or left - Forward!

    When will CNN realize that there are 49 other governors in states that have issues much more relevant to the problems of America? Why is it necessary to have Sarah Palin appear on CNN's website every day? Is she paying for all the publicity you give her, or is someone there just as obsessed with her as the right wingers? She's really not that hot, folks – I'd much rather see a daily photograph of Beyonce Knowles or Halle Berry or just about anyone, if you've got to put up women's pictures and have an article. Their lives are more interesting, and I'm not even counting ex-governors like Illinois and New York.

    April 24, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Ken

    Good. She'll need a well-funded leagl defense fund....to avoid the waterboarding, and then the witch burning, at her trial.

    April 24, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Moderate Democrat

    Looks like Sarah fully endorses Socialism. How else do you explain her complete inability to ever take care of things on her own. She uses the tax payers money for EVERYTHING. Clothes, family trips, working from home when she's not actually working, Racist Party Hosting and now her legal issues.

    With rhetoric like hers, you have to wonder where the TRUE value in america has gone. Obviously it doesn't exist in her household

    April 24, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Angie

    @ Tom: The legal defense fund will be turned into campaign startup money. This is another lie of Palin! Will it ever stop!
    Earth to Palin! You will never get near the WH. Period.

    How Ironic – I was thinking the exact same thing. Typical Palin! She always thinks of herself first. Maybe one day, the handlers will come out and tell us the truth we already know—this woman is a nut case!! Details please.

    April 24, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Pam

    I recall that the Clintons had a legal defense fund.

    April 24, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Marissa

    Ahhhhh Kitty still spewing your small educated diatribe huh? Obama is not destroying the country, hes restoring it after the sorry mess Bush and Cheney made......... So hes exposing torture.... America doesnt torture. Thats what makes us a moral country. I feel safer with Obama frankly and I did with Bush and Cheney.... go give your money to a losing cause.... Sarah Palin shows zero ethics within her own children....... shilling them out like souvenir packages. keep going Kitty , keep dreaming. Tuck in your white sheet , its showing

    April 24, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Keith

    She could sell her campaign wardrobe to raise a few dollars...

    April 24, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. JonDie

    Is this just to defend Sarah, or are the funds for all the various Palin family members who are in trouble with the law?

    April 24, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. Marissa

    Mike Mundy

    I consider Sarah Palin a hypocritical liar one step over trailer trash. Im not a liberal, I am an ex republican moderate..... and I hope this woman is never elected again. Ask Wasilla how she left them $15 million in debt. All this woman does is spew lies........ and she and her daughter go to church while they slept around

    April 24, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Steve, New York City

    Please – why does the media keep smothering us with news about this person? Why is she relevant?

    Then again, if the press could also "turn off the spigot" on news stories about Bagelovich, Spitzer and other current/former governers lke them (that clearly fall into the "loser" category), the voting public would be greatly appreciative!

    April 24, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Helena

    Here it is! Her very own defense fund headed by a high school buddy that was once involved in a fraud. Now she can control the money.

    April 24, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Keeth in California

    Isn't there some undisclosed local that Sarah, the First Dude, Dick Cheney, and his wife and children can go to... and just stay there?!?

    April 24, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. jsilver2th

    If anybody needs a good defense it's Sarah!

    But the "Alaska Fund Trust?"

    Kind of misleading? A "Trust"?

    Can they explain why it is a "trust."

    A trust is ".where money or property is owned and managed on behalf of another."


    It's typical though of Sarah's use of English as she progresses Alaska... HA HA HA-

    April 24, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Frank, Las Vegas

    I guess she still doesn't understand that if you don't break the law, you don't need a defense fund. She's a true idiot and should stay up there in Alaska. Unless of course the fine people of Alaska vote you out of office in 2010, in which case we don't care where you stay as long as it's out of sight.

    April 24, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Melissa

    How funny. Palin is asking for money. Perhaps if she wasn't so crooked, she wouldn't need extra money and for the American people to pay the price of her screw up.

    Say no.

    April 24, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. A little sad

    Can we start a Levi Johnston defense fund, so that he can defend his parental rights against Grandma Palin?

    April 24, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Mr Pibb

    Don't worry Sarah, you're still hot.

    April 24, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Moderate Democrat

    David April 24th, 2009 11:31 am ET

    After reading all the comments, I'm really hoping Sarah runs in 2012. She gets my vote easily.
    The rest of us hope she runs as well. Mickey Mouse would win against this charity case. The only votes she's going to get are from the racist domestic terrorists. Such as you.

    April 24, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Patriot Guy

    The more the pro-status quo media tries to destroy this woman (and her family), the more I like her. GO SARAH, 2012!! 🙂

    April 24, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    dimmest bulb on the xmas tree

    April 24, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. JVS

    This woman is nothing but an ignorant hillbilly. I can't wait until she runs in 2012 so she can be humiliated again in front of the entire country.

    April 24, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. Andy in Texas

    She is just the worst kind of person. Mooching isn't mooching so long as you don't call it "taxes" or use it for the PUBLIC good.

    April 24, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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