[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/07/22/palin.ethics.response/art.palin.gi.jpg caption="Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin cites the cost of battling ethics complaints as one reason she's leaving office."]
(CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is rejecting allegations she broke state ethics laws by letting supporters set up a legal defense fund for her.
"The fund itself was not created by me nor is it controlled by me. Neither I nor my lawyer has received a penny from this fund," the GOP's 2008 vice presidential candidate said in a statement via her spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton.
Palin emphasized that she did not control the fund.
"I find the notion that I have taken any action pertaining to the legal defense trust fund misguided and factually in error," the outgoing governor of Alaska said Wednesday. "I have not 'acted' relative to the defense fund, and it is misleading to say I have."
She was responding to a preliminary report suggesting she may have violated Alaska laws.
An investigator hired by the state Personnel Board recommended Palin - who gives up her office Sunday - refuse money from the defense fund and ask the state to pay legal fees for ethics complaints that have been dismissed.
CNN obtained a copy of the report Tuesday.
Palin attorney Thomas Van Flein said the report is not final, however, and he is preparing "supplemental information" for the investigator.