April 24th, 2009
07:05 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin formally unveils new legal defense fund

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/08/art.palincu0408.gi.jpg caption="Palin's new legal defense fund was formally unveiled Friday."] (CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, facing a string of costly ethics complaints, formally unveiled a defense fund Friday to help pay her legal fees - now surging past the half-million dollar mark.

"For Alaskans, the time has come to end the siege on our government by political tricksters. Enough is enough. With the help of reform-minded advocates from across our nation, we will stand up for what is right," said a message on the Web site for the Alaska Fund Trust.

"Your maximum contribution of $150.00 will allow the Governor, her family, and her colleagues to retire their legal debt at no cost to Alaskans and reduce the incentive for mischief by her opponents. Together, we can help Governor Palin and future elected officials turn back the tide of overtly partisan and unnecessarily personal political attacks."

Kristan Cole, a Palin ally from Wasilla, will run the fund, which she described as "one of the most restrictive and transparent legal funds in history." The group said it plans to voluntarily release the names of donors and size of their contributions.

"We have created one of the most restrictive and transparent legal funds in history," Cole said. The group has created downloadable comparisons of the group's restrictions in comparisons with other recent political legal defense funds, including those for both Clintons and former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate continues to face a steady stream of new filings - the latest just this week, over whether she used PAC funds to travel to an anti-abortion event in Indiana.

Earlier this month, a Texas businessman launched a Web site to help defray the governor's legal costs, but Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton said then that the official legal defense fund could only accept money from her official fund, which had yet to launch, and encouraged Palin's supporters to direct their contributions there.

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soundoff (381 Responses)
  1. GOPthief

    So the women who spent several hundred thousand dollars of contributors money on shoes, clothes and wardrobe designers during the campaign wants those same morons to now pay for her legal problems which are self inflicted?
    Just how stupid does she think her supporters are? Oh, that's right, they are her supporters. Answered my own question.

    April 24, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. joe

    So I read about sixty or seventy entries......two of them supported Mrs. Palin. And yet.....Alaskans put her in office.... ( :)),....um, you know – fifty five million Americans voted to put this woman in office. Regardless of what anybody says on this post, nearly half of America voted to make this woman second to commander in chief. That's not scary. To put it simply; we're doomed. The fact that she was ever on a ticket proves we're doomed. I wouldn't elect this woman to the local pet shop's board of directors.

    It's all over but the cryin' folks; Obama has it, Clinton had it; but Bush has done his duty, kiss the middle class goodbye.

    April 24, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. independent

    i dont think the alaskans are goin to stick their necks out for this woman, making alaska and its people look bad by her idiocy, WHOA HO NO!!!!! fade away palin, she should get impeached.

    April 24, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. Tom

    Money for Palin? Yeah, and I'm going to give my house to Donald Trump, my car to Junior Earnhardt, and all my food to Emeril. Not! Stop acting corrup, Palin, and you won't need anybody else's money.

    April 24, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. Mike

    Suggest she consult Madoff how to manage her legal fund ....

    April 24, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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