June 24th, 2009
10:35 AM ET
13 years ago

Palin repays state for some of her children's travel expenses

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/08/art.spalin0608.gi.jpg caption="An ethics investigation tied to a complaint over the expenses found no Palin wrongdoing. "](CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has re-paid her home state more than $8,100 for expenses involving travel by her children.

Thomas Van Flein, Palin's attorney, said Tuesday night that the Republican governor made the payment last week, reimbursing the state in advance of a Tuesday deadline. The funds covered expenses incurred on nine trips that included one or more of her children.

Media reports that Palin had charged the state thousands of dollars on commercial travel for her daughters that was not necessary for official state business was followed by an October ethics complaint over that allegation.

Palin - the GOP vice presidential candidate at the time - blasted the report as politically-motivated harassment.

The Alaska Personnel Board said Palin had not engaged in any abuse of power on the issue. She still agreed to pay the state back for some expenses that remained under question.

The Alaska Department of Law is drafting rules, expected by the end of the year, that will define travel reimbursement guidelines for the governor's family.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Establishing her financial ethics – just in the nick of time!

    June 24, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. here we go

    Hey, she is up to somehting!!!!! Why did it take so long. Hey, how much she get in contributions from the unsuspecting for her defense fund, remember. Maybe some it went to pay for this... Funny she didn't seem to think this was inappropiate at the time to have the state pay for her kids travel. I wouldn't trust her has far as I could throw, she doesn't do anything unless it benefits her.

    June 24, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. ANNY

    She probably owes a lot more than $8,100 for what she charged the State of Alaska for her children......she is trying to clear up all these things because she is going to run for the White House in 2012, but all this will come back to slap her in the face.......you Republicans better start finding some better men and women if you ever want to be back in DC.....this woman isn't the answer.....the only reason I want to see her run again is to see her lose ........ and the democrats will have another 4 years......

    June 24, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. ck

    Any of you HATERS checked out how much Pelosi and her crew spend a month??

    LOL you hypocrites!

    June 24, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Really

    Does anyone read the article before they spew off the hate that they have for her. It was found that there wasn't any documented procedures for travel and the Alaskan Board did not find any ethic violations but she decided to pay it back anyways. Good for her. She is a wonderful person and I wish her the best. I love how hateful the left is in this country.

    June 24, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Rudy asked, "Are all Thieves allowed to return Money, without being Prosecuted."

    Nope. Just Geitner and Daschel.

    June 24, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. gl, Pittsburgh

    Nothing but negative news regarding this woman and she wants to be the President of the USA. All this negative news will hault her for years to come. I was watching some of her clipping and they are very scary. I knew that CNN would have a story on her this week. I say keep her in the new becasue most of it is bad news and will her hurt in 2012 and make it easy for President Obama to win and 2012. Any body that think this woman can bet Obama is taking the same drugs as Rush!

    June 24, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Tom in CA

    This is news only for Alaskans. YOU...BETCHA!

    June 24, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. A registered republican

    Oh dear, the gravy train seems to have come to an end. Just shows what a hypocrite she is.

    June 24, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. No More Cheney

    The Alaska Personnel Board is a sham. Alaskans need to call the IRS and ask them to look into Palin's shenanigans – it seems Gov. Palin and Todd have not been paying the appropriate taxes since 2001. And, the Feds need to look into that house that Todd built with his bare hands sans building codes, with supplies that magically appeared out of thin air.

    June 24, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Absolutely laughable! Her supporters will say: "She's paying it back even though it was ruled that she did nothing wrong". And I will respond: For once, in regards to your myopic , moronic, and morphine induced support of this woman GET REAL!!

    Would you payback money for something you did'nt KNOW you owed?!

    June 24, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Adam from Ohio

    I'm sure that this repayment had nothing to do with getting caught with her hand in the till. I'm sure that Sarah was planning to make this repayment all along, and that her taking the money was all an honest state, you betcha!

    June 24, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Another point

    This should get the attack dogs growling, the same folks that didn't have an issue when one after another of Obama's cabinet nominees was revieled to have "Forgotten" to pay taxes for several years in a row. I'm not defending Palin, but only saying almost all politicians try to get away with stuff. She's no better or worse. But the political leanings here are such that the comments won't be less than vicious. Let's see the comments by those who call the GOP "haters".

    June 24, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. the dude of truth

    mow appologize to women for being a horrible role model

    June 24, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Robin

    @Rudy June 24th, 2009 12:00 pm ET Who said:

    "When She got Caught. She returned the Money."

    Kind of like the Democrats who did not pay their taxes until they had to be confirmed for a spot on Obama's cabinet.

    June 24, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. J

    Thief and a fraud

    June 24, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Eileen

    Nice track record for a member of the gop – numerous ethics investigations. That earns her the title of fine upstanding republican.

    June 24, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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