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. spado

    CNN has the story wrong. The bill was for about 50,000 dollars, 10% of the legal bills she had. Still a substantial amount of money.

    November 12, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. GPC

    Sarah Palin continues to show that she is a pathalogical liar. Politicians come to expect undeserved attacks from their opponents. But Palin has succeeded in turning most political contacts into enemies, a difficult feat for a trustworthy person.

    GPC in LBB

    November 12, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  3. gkt

    Well, this will be interesting to watch the spin put on this story!

    November 12, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. Cheryl - Tampa FL

    Palin needs a "ghost writer" to write her book. Tells you something about a person who can't even put two sentences together to make any sense. Also, how could anyone think she could figure out the cost of her $500,000 bill, or wardrobe bill, or attorney's bill, or whatever bill she calls it today, if she can't even write her own book by herself. I "BETCHA" she'd have one big unintelligable mess of a book on her hands if she tried. I guess everyone is looking for another "great white dope", I mean "hope".

    November 12, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. Kevin Regalado

    Palin is out on the frontlines again, more fingerpointing that is not constructive, its time to flip the page since we are in the Obama era.

    November 12, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  6. Joe Terrogano

    Let's see a copy of the "bill", who it's really from? She has no clue that without the McCain campaign, she would still be an obscure Governor.

    November 12, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. Donald in CA

    I would rather spend the day with Charles Manson then read Sarahs P's book. Why do the news media find this person so fasinating. What has she really done but be another right winger.

    November 12, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. Logic

    The Mc Cain campaign paid $500,000 for THAT vetting process. Not exactly value for money.

    November 12, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  9. Pete

    Any Republican who believes this woman represents them positively needs their head examined. What a piece of work.

    November 12, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. tommie taylor

    she should just stick to family life. she is not executive material.especially dealing in the washington areana.she is better giving some good loving.

    November 12, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  11. Rumsfeld

    I sincerely hope that Oprah vets Palin's book thoroughly and digs into the truth, lies and exaggerations that no doubt exist within the pages. Up to this point, Palin has successfully presented herself as the true female narcissist. I await further confirmation when her book hits the stands.

    November 12, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  12. GLS

    And now here comes the back lash.

    I wonder how the GOP in the long-run is going to avoid a schism like the Episcopalians

    November 12, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. Eamon

    Mrs. Palin,

    It's good to know you're learning how to lie like a republican. Doesn't mean you're any good for the party. I'm no dem, but I could care less if you left my party and took the rest of your crazy Jesus freaks with you.

    November 12, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. Jonathan

    Could it be that this book will reverse some of the recent GOP gains in national polling?

    November 12, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  15. Big Blue Patriot

    Palin and Prejean in 2012!

    The Hypocrisy Ticket

    November 12, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. Roze

    I think this is a sad situation. There is no way Sarah Palin can "win". I'm sorry she is choosing what looks to me like the "low road". I wish her and her family only the best.

    November 12, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  17. good things are coming---S Callahan

    Wow...this book is going to make ugly.

    November 12, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. Charlotte

    Oh my, oh dear, oh, goodness, there's something UNTRUE in Palin's book? Can it BE???? Gracious, what a SHOCK. I'd be far more surprised to find anything in it that stands up to the truth-o-meter. Yet all the sappy, ga-ga and brainless nitwit Palin supporters will treat every word as gospel and will continue to suppose that the rest of us (the marjority of Americans) are somehow "afraid" of this fictional Powerhouse Palin. Uh-huh. You go right ahead and think so, sweeties, we understand YOU although you have no capacity to fathom us. Or reality....

    November 12, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. PK California

    Is anything she says true? It was reported yesterday that she was claiming this administration put IN GOD WE TRUST along the edges of coins. Actually it was the Bush administration that did that and Bush signed the authorization! I don't know who her speech writer is or where the information comes from, but it seems she reads this stuff, believes it, and then speaks it! Now it looks like it is also written. I will never know what's in her book, because I have better things to do with my money, and I don't have any interest in her fictional fantasies . It's hard to believe that this person continues to be on the political scene! She is totally unreliable as a person having canceled appearences and quitting at will for no apparent reason. If the GOP ever wants to be taken seriously, they should shut her down, if that's possible. They've created a monster and it seems to me the Independents had better watch out. She's headed in your direction!

    November 12, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  20. Rob in Charleston, SC

    Sarah Palin told Oprah she was productive. Now we know for certain what she's producing: LIES.

    I bet McCain regrets associating himself with this woman. I have a feeling the people in Alaska are glad they don't have her to contend with any longer.

    Unfortunately, now we have to listen to her spew her tragic lies, hate, and fear-mongering.

    November 12, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. Fritton

    Looks like Palin is working to make Beck seem honest in comparison

    November 12, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. Richie

    Did somebody read the book to Sarah yet?

    November 12, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Sarah Palin said something untrue? That has to be a first for her.

    November 12, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  24. max

    Imagine that, a republican lying ... no wonder she's the future of that party ... she matches the criteria for their leadership ...

    November 12, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  25. Rick in PA

    So she's really all about accumulating huge sums of money, isn't she? She is the PERFECT Repblican after all.

    November 12, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
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