November 12th, 2009
11:01 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain official: Palin claim 'one hundred percent untrue'

Sarah Palin's book is officially scheduled for release next Tuesday.
Sarah Palin's book is officially scheduled for release next Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A former senior campaign adviser to John McCain is rejecting Sarah Palin’s claim that she was billed for the costs of vetting her before she was selected as the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Palin’s book “Going Rogue” is set to hit the bookstores next Tuesday, but the Associated Press reported the claim Thursday after purchasing a copy of the book before the sale date. The AP reported that Palin writes about the legal fees she began to accumulate after returning to Alaska once the campaign ended, most of which were the result of having to defend herself from ethics charges.

The AP said that Palin writes about receiving a bill for about $500,000 from the McCain campaign to pay for expenses relating to the vetting process that took place before she was named as the vice presidential nominee.

"That is one hundred percent untrue," said the McCain official, who would only speak on the condition of anonymity in deference to McCain. "All those bills are from her personal attorney Thomas Van Flein, mostly relating to the Troopergate investigation and other ethics investigations. It is not legal to pay for those investigations out of general election funds, even if the campaign was so inclined."

Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton would not confirm the accuracy of the AP report.

"The book remains embargoed," Stapleton said in an e-mail to CNN. "The Governor will appear on Oprah first to discuss the book's contents.”

The Oprah interview, which was taped Wednesday, will air in its entirety next Monday. The memoir officially hits stores the following day, and Palin kicks off her much-anticipated book tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Wednesday.


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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. victim of republican greed

    Does anyone think you would get the truth from either of these camps?

    November 12, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    ok now here we go...this is just the start of the back and forth sniping.

    November 12, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Slow News Day CNN?

    And we care why? She's a beauty queen–ENOUGH.

    November 12, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Pragmatic

    The Governor will appear on Oprah" ... the Palin staff can't even get that fact right! Palin is the former governor of Alaska because she quit in the middle of her term! If you follow closely, nothing is ever Palin's responsibility: not her daughter's behavior (abstinence only?) not her answer to the Couric interview, not her lack of knowledge about what the VP actually does ....

    I'm sure McCain's campaign didn't charge her for the vetting – since there was little to none! Woman? check: now let's start counting the voters who were Clinton supporters.

    November 12, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. StevieB

    Is she capable of telling the truth ever? About anything? She lies even more than Bush/Cheney and they lied 98% of the time.

    November 12, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. single mom

    I'd be interested in finding out how AP got an advanced copy. How much money was involved? Who had access? Etc.
    I'm sure there'll numerous comments about how the RNC/McCain campaign didn't vet very well all things considered.
    But then, I don't think McCain's senior campaign people ran a very good campaign either. If anything, I think they tried to set her up to blame her for their own failure.

    What would be REALLY funny – if there's no mention of it in the book at all.

    November 12, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. vgal

    Why does Palin's spokesperson keep calling her "the governer"? The last I checked, she quit and NO LONGER deserves the title.

    November 12, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. hdrider69

    Let the "Diva" pay. Screw her! She's attempting to garner ALL the news media coverage she can..and the goofy media outlets are pandering to her and BORING us with UN newsworthy articles about this also-ran. Please..give me, give us break. Put this useless individual BEHIND us.

    November 12, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. Sarah Failin--AGAIN.

    First of all, I know weaves, and this woman has on the fakest, phoniest weave on the Oprah Show. She looks like death warmed over for the billionth time. She should go hibernate in Alaska, but instead she's hoodwinking the American public, trying to sell her books, that everyone knows she didn't write and can't even read.

    I'm done–on to bigger and more important things. Sarah is a loser (as evidenced by the 2008 election), and she will be a loser for eternity.

    To Sarah: Go sell desperate somewhere else, I don't have time for it.

    November 12, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. Bob, SC

    She is a liar and a cheat - prefect credentials for a republican hopeful. Stop it already with the palin stuff.

    November 12, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. Beverly

    Perhaps if we catch her in enough lies everyone will FINALLY realize what a joke she is. Not a funny joke, either.

    November 12, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Typical Palin, trying to hide her legal fees under McCain's campaign funding, how stupid can one be. I can just hear Palin or her husband Todd giving orders to just bill it to McCain's campaign, I won't be dealing with that stuff in Alaska anymore because I'll be VP". Same as she billed for her clothes and her families clothes, travel and didn't get away with it. You betcha there will be much more to come.

    November 12, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    I would have to go with the McCain said for once on this one.

    November 12, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. islanderata

    CNN is shoveling this crap when the President of the United States surrounds himself with Maoists, Stalinists and a variety of other totalitarians.

    CNN's collapse relative to FOX is the result of not following the real stories. The rape of America by Mr. Obama.

    November 12, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Does missy never tire of playing the "victim"?

    We are.

    November 12, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. normajean

    I'll make a bet that this will not be the only challenge to this tome.It might be worth borrowing from the library {I SURELY WOULDN'T PAY FOR IT] just to see what she and her ghost writer came up with,It will be ,at best, repetitious as we;ve heard it all before , and not much of it bears repeating., oh well, Believe me, she is the least of our worries. She's not going anyplace and you can" take that to the bank."

    .

    November 12, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  17. montag24

    Sarah Palin wouldn't know the truth even if it bit her on her rather shapely rear-end.

    November 12, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. Occasional Superstar

    What a mess

    November 12, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. brad

    Its true in Palins world so thats all that matters. Since when has little things like the truth ever stopped this loser. A lot of people say that CNN needs to stop reporting on the stupidity of this idiot but they cant. America has a very short memory. If Stupid er Sarah went away for a few years when she does come back to run for election no one will remember what a lump she is. By constantly reporting every day the crap she spews they are just helping America. I am saddened that even still there are people that believe she walks on water.

    November 12, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. Jerry D

    Gonna have to side with the McCain spokesperson here. If only because I truly believe that Palin was never vetted, thus not needing to bill her for the service.

    November 12, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. Brad

    Idiots dominate American politics as well as American media.

    November 12, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. please

    Palin Lie? Never – it must be the liberal media and the democrats.

    November 12, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. Iquitarod

    The AP said that Palin writes about receiving a bill for about $500,000 from the McCain campaign to pay for expenses relating to the vetting process that took place before she was named as the vice presidential nominee.

    What vetting process?

    November 12, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. I am the flaccid and bloviating Wizard of Rush

    Going Rouge: Read it and find the truth.

    November 12, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. charlie in Maine

    To me $500,000 is a lot of money. I can't imagine either getting a bill for $500,000 and "forgetting it" nor could I imagine feeling that someone owed me $500,000 and then forgetting about it.

    Either someone is lying or the Republicans are so rich they can forget about money. Personally my money(if I had any) would be on the lying but ya ever know.

    November 12, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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