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. Billy-Bob-Joe-Darrel-Darryl-12 pak-Capt. James T. Kirk in a pink tutu

    Palin/Prejean 2012, "Hookers with a heart of gold"

    November 12, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. islanderata

    Here is a REAL story you can do, CNN. If a backgroung check had been performed by any U.S. security organization how many sensitive jobs would Obama been eligible to hold ? Check around on that one CNN. Could he have gotten a job at the FBI, the military, the CIA ? Find one CNN that Obama would have qualified for. He has so many terrorist connections his job application at any of these places would have been laughed at. But CNN worships him everyday by its absolute failure to investigate ANY red flags about this guy.

    November 12, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    She stood on many stages and lied, why not lie in a book?

    What a bullet we dodged !!!!!!!!

    Wish she would stay home and take care of her kids.

    November 12, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. Craig

    It's no surprise that this woman can't even get the facts in her own book straight. If she was an honest politician, she wouldn't have ethics investigations, or the bills that come with them. It's one lie after another with this crackpot!

    November 12, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. No One's Home Boy

    If you price it by the sheet...It's not much more than toilet paper...

    November 12, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. ok ive had enough

    cnn please stop writing article after article about sarah palin.

    November 12, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. zazzle.com/TheProgram

    well somebody's lying. either way, it's a Republican...again.

    November 12, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. Anne in Tampa

    Methinks the lady (well..) doth protest too loudly...

    November 12, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. ster

    Idiots say she's not qualified or stupid.

    She was more qualified than Obama and definately smarter than Biden.

    November 12, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. Bill Forrey

    This is hilarious. Now they eat of their own. The GOP has arrived to cannibalism. And this woman wants to run for the WH in 2012 ?

    November 12, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. Jdog

    Palin can't even get this straight...I still can't decide if she's a liar or just a dunce. Same problem I had with Bush until it became obvious that the answer was both.

    November 12, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. Bugl3t

    You'd think she'd have learned that facts can be checked... But maybe she's still waiting for her reality check to arrive in the mail.

    Dumb as a box of rocks.

    November 12, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. ks

    Anything to sell a book.... CNN keeps egging her on.

    November 12, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. thersa

    When has something being untrue stopped any of those right-wing nuts?

    November 12, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Justin Time

    Why, Oh Why Would anyone buy this book. It is just sad what America turned into when Bush and Repub's were in power. It's sad to think there are enough people out there who care about this person and what she has to say. I understand that conservatives are not free thinkers but, really.

    November 12, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. We Won Get Over It

    Well what else but lies can you expect from this person . She makes em the tea baggers eat em up.

    November 12, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Chris

    "The Governor will appear on Oprah..." – Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton

    So now she's the Governor again?

    Now that she needs the weight of a title she shirked?

    November 12, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. Dustin

    Wow...i'm not a fan of Palin's, but did this fool really think he'd have any credibility if he spoke on the condition of remaining anonymous...come on now.

    November 12, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. EJ

    A lie is also know as a palinism

    November 12, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. Common Cents

    If McCain could just turn back the hands of time....

    November 12, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. Ted

    I think the leadership of the Republican party, whether it is Mike Steele or JOhn Bohener or John McCain or whoever, needs to come out and disavow themselves of any connection to this unethical, uneducated, stupid moron. If the Repubs think she is going to help them in the upcoming elections, I predict continued landslides in favor of Democrats.

    November 12, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. Marcy S

    Palin isn't "The Governor" anymore, so I don't think her spokeswoman should refer to her as such. She gave up that right when she quit mid-term.

    November 12, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. jim s

    Does any one really care? Its her book and she can write it any way she wants

    November 12, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. ken

    I am sick and tired of this woman. If she is all the Republicans can produce as a viable candidate...consider me a democrat . Please enough is enough already.

    November 12, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  25. Debbie

    No wonder this woman is always in a legal jam. She says stuff that is just not true. Really CNN and all the rest need to stop giving her 15 min of fame. Someone has to question the publisher as well for even printing this garbage.

    November 12, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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