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. PMH

    I don't understand this woman. There is something seriously wrong with her. Power is all she wants & understands!

    November 12, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  2. Robin

    The amount billed by the McCain campaign in question is $50,000 which is a very long way from "about $500,000" stated in the article.

    November 12, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. fritz

    I think it's more than obvious that at this point, Mrs. Palin, her entire family, and that Levi character, all receive individual, couple, and group therapy – and she can pay the bill for that, too!

    November 12, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. MARK

    Palin is such a superstar!!! Is she the most popular politician ever???
    PALIN 2012.

    November 12, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. MARK

    Palin is such a superstar!!! She's the most popular politician ever???
    PALIN 2012.

    November 12, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. Ted from Calif.

    It has been suggested that since Palin holds no political office and is not a spokesperson for any political party that coverage of her should be in the entertainment section. I propose that she be featured in the business section under personal services.

    November 12, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. kcl

    I hope no one buys this book, just wait it will all be presented in CNN's political ticker. You won't have to spend a dime and you'll get the commentaries to the real story here!!! Does Palin think there will be no refuting her statements? Really? Not into drama indeed!!!

    November 12, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. dieter

    Sarah, why are we still subjected to your presence? I am sure the TRUE believers swallow every word as gospel. However, most think you are best suited for a job with the Ministry of Propaganda crowd at Feux snooze. Just think, you, Carrie and Lou can have your own show.You can spend hours decrying the virtues of 1950s America. And lament how all those radicals and brown folks messed everything up. Or, smootch Oprah's kiester and maybe you can land a guest spot cooking with Rachel or doing some analysis with Dr. Fool!

    November 12, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. Patriot

    McCain official: Palin claim 'one hundred percent untrue'

    So, what's new?

    November 12, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. ObamaWillPayMyBills

    What is the guy's name. If you can't name the source then the source is the liar.

    November 12, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  11. Samurai Cowboy

    Anything to paint herself as the victim. That's why she's called "The Quitter with the Litter on Twitter".

    November 12, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  12. Pegasus

    Well, someone is lying that's for sure. However, I believe the McCain aide because Palin has lost all credibility. And I would have kept her from speaking on election night also considering she made a fool of herself during the campaign.

    November 12, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. Joe citizen abroad

    Tick tock, tick tock...Sarah Palin's 15 minutes are almost up. Can't wait (looking at my watch).

    November 12, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  14. Big John

    A day or so after her book is released no doubt we'll find many more whoppers... Even Meg Stapleton has one in this report where she referrs to Palin as governor...correction "former governor"....quitter.

    November 12, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  15. étranger

    Palin=uninformed, resentful, lying idiot.

    November 12, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. Terry - Indiana

    Sorry, this is a big fib on Mrs. Palin's part. When the McCain Ticket announced the governor as candidate for VP, on a Friday, in Dayton, Ohio – they initially reported that she was vetted by the FBI. The following Tuesday, the FBI released a statement that the FBI had not vetted the Gov. of Alaska. Further, the FBI stated that the FBI does not vet political candidates. So, all the Ex-Governor needs to do is present all of the documents that will back this claim. This will all pass – with a wink and a blink!

    November 12, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  17. Mark in Canada

    Sarah palin certainly has an interesting relationship with the truth. Quite frankly, I think just about everything she says ought to be fact checked. She's been proven time and time again to be deceitful. Unfortunately, too many on the right unquestionigly buy what she says. Wake up folks.

    November 12, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  18. worriedmom

    uh oh all the LIberals are gonna be out of their minds for the next few weeks. They feel threaten by Sarah Palin. I find it entertaining

    November 12, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  19. Vi

    Why doesn't she just go away?

    November 12, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  20. bill

    The woman is a diabolical liar.

    November 12, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  21. Rich

    How can you tell when Sarah Palin is lying?

    Her lips are moving. You betcha.

    November 12, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  22. Mae

    She always has Carrie (Miss Innocent) Prejean to back her up.

    November 12, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  23. SF Serg

    The problem is that Palin will not be able to give an accurate assessment of this because the book was ghost-written. Even worse is that Palin didn't even read the book so really she really doesn't know anything about this situation. Go figure.

    November 12, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  24. gl, Pittsburgh

    Every body know Sara Palin is lying about every thing.

    November 12, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  25. not a Palin fan

    And why does it not surprise us that Palin said something that was 100% untrue? It's not the first time. The people who purchase her (ghostwritten) book to read the truth about her "going rogue" are 100% naive if they believe they are going to get the truth...and they are going to be 100% ripped off.

    November 12, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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