Palin implicated in ethics probe

July 22nd, 2009 by

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – An independent investigator has found evidence that Gov. Sarah Palin may have violated ethics laws by accepting private donations to pay her legal debts, in the latest legal distraction for the former vice presidential candidate as she prepares to leave office this week.

The report obtained by The Associated Press says Palin is securing unwarranted benefits and receiving improper gifts through the Alaska Fund Trust, set up by supporters.

An investigator for the state Personnel Board says in his July 14 report that there is probable cause to believe Palin used or attempted to use her official position for personal gain because she authorized the creation of the trust as the “official” legal defense fund.

The practical effect of the ruling on Palin will be more financial than anything else. The report recommends that Palin refuse to accept payment from the defense fund, and that the complaint be resolved without a formal hearing before the Alaska Personnel Board.

The fund aims to help Palin pay off debts stemming from multiple ethics complaints against her, most of which have been dismissed. Palin says she owes more than $500,000 in legal fees, and she cited the mounting toll of the ethics probes as one of the reasons she is leaving office.

A call seeking comment from her lawyer and an e-mail to her spokeswoman were not immediately returned.

Palin’s friends and supporters created the Alaska Fund Trust in April, limiting donations to $150 per person. Organizers declined to say how much it has raised, and had hoped to raise about $500,000. A Web fund-raiser last month brought in about $130,000 in pledges.


One Response

  1. Mike Johnson

    Lemmings!! That Alaskan version of trailer trash is being sued for ETHICS VIOLATIONS!!! IE- actions that the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, or culture.

    If any other person let alone a politician was hemmed up on these charges they’d be crucified! But this hypocritical and self-entitled piece of white trash has numerous ties to shady people and has been accused and sued for this dozens of times!!! Yet, it’s apparently a valid reason to walk away from her seat, and even allow her to play the victim role because she can’t steal or except “gifts”, like she wants to??!?!?

    And marks are lining up to donate to her legal fees!??!?!

    Wow!!!

    It’s sad what people will mark out to these days.. Ignorance is a disease sweeping our nation for decades..

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