Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ethics fiascos continue in Alaska, Palin's resignation makes more sense

a href=""Politico:/abr /br /blockquoteAlaska GOP Gov. a href="" title="Full Election 2008 coverage of Sarah Palin's vice-presidential campaign"Sarah Palin/a is aggressively pushing back against reports that claim an independent investigator has found evidence she may have violated Alaska's ethics laws.span id="midArticle_byline"/spanspan id="midArticle_0"/span pThe Associated Press reported Tuesday afternoon that an independent investigator for the state Personnel Board found that there may be evidence suggesting that a trust fund created to pay Palin's legal expenses is in violation of state ethics law./pspan id="midArticle_1"/span pPalin immediately called the AP report an "inaccurate story" on her Twitter feed, and released a statement later calling any allegation that the defense fund accepted any inappropriate donations "misguided and factually in error."/pspan id="midArticle_2"/span p"I am informed that this fund was created by experienced attorneys in DC and was modeled after other similar funds established for senators and others. 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, and I am informed the Trustee was withholding any action or payment pending final resolution with the Personnel Board. This is the hallmark of legal compliance and prudent conduct," Palin said./pspan id="midArticle_3"/span p"In short, I have not 'acted' relative to the defense fund and it is misleading to say I have," she added. "I have no doubt that the Trust will welcome guidance by the Board, as do we all, but it is my understanding that this matter was not resolved and the complainant's violation of law has served to mislead the public and prejudice a fair review of this matter."/pspan id="midArticle_4"/span pSeveral of the governor's top confidants also sharply criticized the report, pointing out that under Alaska law the contents of the document should have remained confidential because the matter is still under review./pspan id="midArticle_5"/span p"The investigator is still confidentially reviewing this matter," said Palin spokeswoman and top advisor Meg Stapleton in a statement. "It appears suspect that in the final days of the Governor's term, someone would again violate the law and announce a supposed conclusion before it is reached."/pspan id="midArticle_6"/span pThe governor's personal attorney, Thomas Van Flein, quickly followed Stapleton with a statement pointing out that he has "been working with the investigator regarding supplemental information. The matter is still pending. Whatever you have seen was released in violation of law."/pspan id="midArticle_7"/span p"There has been no board finding of an ethics violation and there is a detailed legal process to follow before there is a final resolution," said Van Flein./pspan id="midArticle_8"/span p"We will be contacting the appropriate authorities for review and action," he said, referring to those involved in the release of the investigator's report./pspan id="midArticle_9"/span pThe director of the governor's legal defense fund, longtime Palin friend and Wasilla resident Kristan Cole, also issued a statement reminding reporters "that this legal expense fund was thoroughly vetted by numerous attorneys from Alaska to the East Coast."/pspan id="midArticle_10"/span p"The purpose of the Trust is to help the Governor with the crushing legal fees she has incurred solely because of her public service," said Cole./pspan id="midArticle_11"/span pDespite announcing that she will resign at the end of July, Palin continues to be plagued by ethics complaints as she winds down her final days in office./ //p/blockquoteThe bad faith complaints continue and it appears that part of the strategy was to make it impossible for her to respond to the complaints without bankrupting her family. These unethical ethics complaints demonstrate how the Democrats try to marginalize their opponents. It is also why they were so angry when he ruined their game by resigning as governor.div class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src=''//div

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