July 21st, 2009
07:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin defense fund may be unethical, investigator says

Gov. Sarah Palin may have violated state ethics laws.
Gov. Sarah Palin may have violated state ethics laws.

(CNN) – Outgoing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may have violated state ethics laws by letting supporters set up a legal defense fund to help her battle ethics complaints, a preliminary report on the issue has found.

An investigator hired by the state personnel board recommended Palin - who gives up her office on Sunday - refuse money from the defense fund and ask the state to pay legal fees for ethics complaints that have been dismissed.

Palin attorney Thomas Van Flein said that the report is not final, however, and he is preparing "supplemental information" for the investigator. Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008, cited the cost of battling ethics complaints from her critics as one of the reasons she is giving up her office about two-thirds of the way through her term.

Most complaints have been dismissed, though one led to her paying back taxes on state per diem funds, and she agreed to repay about $8,100 in travel expenses for her children in another case.


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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Chuck Anaheim,Ca

    Imagine that, a politician or to be more accurate a REPUNGNICAN politician involved in a scandal, how rare.

    July 21, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. Larry

    So that's why she stepped down.....

    July 21, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. diogenes

    When is enough enough?
    Not a Palin Supporter never never never!!
    but my heart is starting to melt....

    July 21, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Steve (the real one)

    Don't get too excited libs. The report has 2 key words: MAY HAVE! It was ridiculous to say anything until the final report was released! We will see!

    July 21, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. Stu-Florida

    I'll just bet she really hates that State ethics cookie jar now!
    She agreeing to repay it b/c she got caught. Isn't that proof enough?

    Let's say someone where to go to McDs.... hold it up and get caught behind the dumpster with the cash and a mouthful of fries.
    "I'm sorry, I'm sorry... here's the cash and I'll pay for the fries, too!"
    Just don't find me guilty... ;)

    July 21, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. rob

    So the state personnel board thinks it would be better for the State to pay for Palin's legal fees. Thats whats wrong with this witch hunt and thats why she's leaving.

    No matter how hard they go after her they can't destroy her. Meanwhile the countries going to hell in a hand basket and all the liberal MSM and the Dems are interested in is going after Her.

    We will hear alot more from her as time goes on.

    Nov. 2010 can't come fast enough.

    July 21, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. VGal

    This is getting a little out of hand. I'm no fan of Palin (at least I don't believe she has the intelligence and knowledge to lead the country). However, these frivolous lawsuits against her are ridiculous. I strongly believe that if the person filing the complain LOSES the complaint, they should be penalized. Enough with this litigious country of ours!!! People need to understand that there are consequences for their actions.

    Plus – this is still a woman with feelings, a family, a life and whether we agree on political views or not is irrelevant. People are petty. (And believe me, I really don't care for Palin.)

    July 21, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  8. Ed

    May God have mercy upon each one us !!

    July 21, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. RTB

    Yawn. Ho Hum. Can't the folks up in Alaska fry her and save the rest of us from the continual reminder of these low class dumb dumbs.

    July 21, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. annie for Palin

    She probably peed in the capitol building – couldn' t the demon-crats find anyway to sue her for that? obama and his henchmen are certainly slipping!! Surely they can find a way to sue her for using the restroom! Come on demon-crats don't let this golden opportunity pass you by. Nail Palin to the wall for using the restroom in the capitol building. Surely you have had enough acorn morons following her around that can prove she actually went to the restroom. pelosi this just may be the very lawsuit you and obama have been looking for to get Palin once and for all!! IQ of the obama henchmen filing all of these law suits 0 – IQ of the biased news media reporting on them 00.

    July 21, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  11. KATHLEEN

    Move them out of politics! The crooks, I mean! Like Palin!
    She don't care about the tax money or ethics because she is
    NOT ethical!!!!!! Who wants another crook in politics! NOT me!

    July 21, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. gl, Pittsburgh

    This woman like just can not crossing the line with ethics laws.

    July 21, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. Oh, get off this garbage already.....

    since the Obama administration will not have enough flu vaccine by October, we're all going to be falling over like flies anyway...710 deaths so far and we're not in winter yet, which is when swine flu really takes off....

    Maybe you jerks out there ought to concentrate on this instead of what Sarah Barracuda is doing....

    July 21, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. Nita Kaye

    Omg can we give this a rest the same thing drama with Palin everyday

    July 21, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. Nita Kaye

    The ex thrilla from wasilla is now a bitter quitter on twitter

    July 21, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  16. Roger from CA

    There is NOTHING good or ethical about this witch.

    July 21, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  17. Stinky in NY

    Why haven't they passed healthcare yet? Don't let the repugs ruin it for us... we are in control, we don't need them to get it done! I have my unemployment check coming now all I need is my healthcare for free and I am set. Not everyone wants a job and wants to work so let's get real and get this thing done so I can get on with my life and have some fun for a change.

    July 21, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  18. Steve Robinson

    Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney are has beens. Nobody concerned about the future of the country cares what these two say or do any more. They are old news. Please stop giving them attention they don't deserve.

    July 21, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  19. Mark Sanford, Gov of SC (when I feel like showing up)

    IS there anything about Palin that is ethical?

    July 21, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  20. gl, Pittsburgh

    For the first time I am starting to feel sorry for this lady becasue she have became her own worst enemy. She is a pretty lady, but have no brain.

    July 21, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  21. Ron L

    What SarahPalin is experiencing is PAYBACK. Many of the things she said while campaigning with Sen. McCann were so unnecessary and inflamatory that she really rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. In addition to that, the manner in which she always attempts to blame the media (or anyone else ) but herself for her problems has made her a VERY EASY target.
    And now that she has proven that she is ALL TALK, and a QUITTER there will never be a let up. She will always be under very tight scrutiny and if she makes any kind of mistake IT WILL BE BROADCASTED.
    As the saying goes, what comes around, goes around.
    On top of that....
    Shes a QUITTER, can dish it out bout can't take it, she's a QUITTER, by the have you heard....shes a QUITTER!!

    July 21, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  22. Tatianna

    Sick n tired of hearing bogus charges against Palin. What happened with Feds investigating Edwards use of presidental campaign funds? PAC paid wore than 100,000 to Mistress Hunter. Pelosi is working to buffer lawmakers from federal investigators – Special legal protections for politicians (Murtha,Rangel,Harman,Jackson Jr., Feinstein,Dodd, Frank) encourage unethical conduct. Obama using a fortune of campaign funds to fight eligibility lawsuits. I can not understand dems obession with Palin. I should at least thank dems for Palins high approval rating

    July 21, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. D.J.

    I have a feeling that we will be hearing more and more stories like this that will TRULY expose why she bailed.

    July 21, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  24. Marianne

    Why is someone not investigating who is filing all of these false charges against this woman. Are the Democrates behind this? I bet if you follow the paper trail it may lead to their front door.

    July 21, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  25. Bassman

    If this ruling stands, it would mean Governors would not be able to defend themselves. Any nut case could file complaints over and over until a Governor has millions in legal bills.

    July 21, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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