Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Sarah Palin gets a (pretend) slap on the wrist
Sarah Palin has agreed to reimburse the state for the costs of nine trips for her children. An agreement announced today settles an ethics complaint filed in October.
The settlement was signed by Palin and Anchorage lawyer Tim Petumenos, who was hired by the state Personnel Board to investigate the complaint.
The settlement doesn't specify how much Palin will repay the state, but Petumenos said he was given an estimate from the governor's staff of about $7,000.
The vast majority of trips that included the Palin children appeared appropriate, Petumenos said. He said he examined more than 40 trips.
When Alaska reporters began asking for the records, before she joined McCain's ticket, Palin had her staff amend records to state clearly that the first family had been invited.
When Petumenos was asked to examine the complaint in October, he was also investigating "Troopergate". Petumenos found that Palin didn't violate the law or abuse her power in that case.
Sarah Palin received reimbursements totaling $43,500 for travel and lodging for her family in connection with state business. Of that total, around $22,000 was for her children’s travel and the rest was for her husband Todd.
What a lovely and generous gesture in the part of our Sarah!
This time Petumenos was cautious enough to find a little bit wrong and they settled at $7,000.
Otherwise people might start thinking that Petumenos and the Personnel Board are in Sarah Palin's pocket...
Full report: ADN