Daily Archives: July 20, 2009

Sarah Palin nailed with another ethics probe.

Maybe Palin ought to quit quitting since it seems like the ethics complaints just keep on comin….
Republican Andree McLeod has filed another ethics complaint against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, this one for failing to report gifts of substantial value.
(Nineteen complaints have been filed against her, six by McLeod.). And the Washington Post is reporting that one complaint has gained some traction.
The newest:

Unclaimed gift: White hand-crafted beaded vest received in 2007 In response to my January 22, 2009 public record request for a copy of a completed and signed gift disclosure form claiming receipt of a white hand-crafted beaded vest Sarah Palin received while attending the September 2007 Institute of the North Alaska Dialogue conference in Talkeetna, the office of the governor replied on February 20, 2009 that they were working on generating an estimate of its value.
I have yet to receive a completed and signed disclosure form that claims Palin’s receipt of a white hand-crafted beaded vest.
Unclaimed and undisclosed gifts: Palin/Heath family travel received in 2008 Documents show Sarah Palin and her immediate family have claimed gifts of free travel between the end of August and the beginning of November of 2008. However, other members of the Palin/Heath family, as 2 defined by the Alaska Ethics Act, also received free travel during that same period. Inconsistently, those travel gifts received by Palin’s family have not been claimed.
Unclaimed and undisclosed gift: John Coale professional services starting in 2008 On March 29th, 2009 Greta Van Susteren penned a piece for her GretaWire website … a copy of the original article is attached to the complaint. … Ms. Susteren speaking about her husband John Coale providing free professional consulting and legal advice to Governor Sarah Palin on how to deal with lawsuits, ethics complaints and unfair attacks by the media.

How ironic.
The Washington Post reports:

A confidential report, obtained by The Washington Post on Tuesday, says Palin may have violated laws prohibiting elected officials from using their office for “personal gain” by raising money for her Alaska Fund Trust. Supporters established the fund to help defend herself against more than a dozen ethics complaints filed against her since she took office.

“There is little doubt that the Alaska Fund Trust will provide ‘personal gain’ to Governor Palin because the trust will provide a benefit to the governor’s financial interest,” Anchorage lawyer Thomas M. Daniel wrote in his nine-page report, dated July 14.

Palin is scheduled to leave office this weekend, about 18 months before the end of her first term.

Daniel, who was hired by the state personnel board to investigate a complaint by Alaskan Kim Chatman, declined to discuss the contents of his report but outlined the process for handling it. After reviewing the report, Palin could decide to settle or the issue could go before an administrative law judge for a hearing, he said.

“In light of the evidence that the governor expressly authorized the creation of the trust and the fact the trust website quite openly uses the governor’s position to solicit donations, there is probable cause to believe that Governor Palin used, or attempted to use, her official position for personal gain in violation of Alaska statute,” Anchorage attorney Tom Daniel wrote in his report.



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