On the way home from the water park (awful day for it, cloudy, under 80° and windy – we didn’t stay long) I heard a story on the radio.
AP was reporting that they had acquired some report from some investigator for the Personnel Board of the State of Alaska that said that Sarah Palin was being unethical in taking money for a defense fund to pay the lawyers for successfully defending her against multiple ethics charges.
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.
Okay. Sarah Palin is the Governor of Alaska for a little while longer. Sarah Palin was the Republican Vice Presidential candidate in the last election. She is well known. She authorized creation of the trust, but did she sign the authorization as Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, and use the official seal? Or did she sign her name as a private citizen like anyone might, even other Governors doing private business might do? If the latter and they are trying to get her for forming or approving of a defense fund because she’s the governor, then anyone in public office can’t do anything in or for private life while they hold office. No opening bank accounts, purchasing homes, purchasing or leasing vehicles, or entering into any type of contract at all because that person would be using their “official position for personal gain”…
I also remember a certain former president who had a legal defense fund. And a former governor who was able to use campaign funds to pay off legal bills here in Illinois while he was still Governor. All those poor rubes who thought they were making campaign contributions were actually paying Blagojevich’s legal bills and it was all perfectly legal.
The Lonely Conservative says:
So let’s see, if you want a politician taken down for ethics violatons, file numerous complaints against said politician to the point where said politician racks up hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees. When said politician attempts to raise money to pay the legal bills – voila! – file another ethics violation complaint.
They hate her. They REALLY hate her.
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