Saturday, 21 March 2009

The cost of Sarah Palin's ethics


Gov. Sarah Palin owes more than a half million dollars to an Anchorage law firm that has defended her against ethics complaints, and she may create a legal fund to pay the bill, she said Friday.

Legal bills have mounted fighting complaints that she called partisan, false and frivolous, starting with "the politically motivated Troopergate probe," Palin said in a written response to questions.

She said the legal bills all stem from her actions as governor.

"I must defend against these baseless ethics accusations out of my own pocket as the use of public monies to do so could itself violate state law," Palin wrote.

"On August 29, it seems the political landscape changed in Alaska. Now, it seems in order to do this job as Governor, with the political blood sport some are playing today, only the independently wealthy or those willing to spend their income on legal fees to defend their official actions in office ... can serve," Palin said in the written response to Daily News questions.

In all, Palin said, there have been 10 ethics complaints, counting Troopergate, though she did not provide a list. State ethics complaints are confidential unless a public accusation is filed or the accused person agrees in writing to make to make it public. State officials said they could not discuss any pending ethics cases.

Out of the 10 complaints, Palin said six have been dismissed, one had "concluded," and three are pending.

"Obviously we cannot afford to personally pay these bills -- and really no future governor should feel the sense of financial vulnerability at the hands of those with a political vendetta bent on personal destruction," Palin wrote. "Some have suggested a legal fund to pay these bills. We'll have to pursue that."

Sarah Palin herself said the legal bills all stem from her actions as governor. Ten ethics complaints against her as governor indicate that people believe she governs unethically, no?

"Hold me accountable."

"I'm all about transparency."

Well, dear Sarah, these soundbites turn out to be very expensive if people take you at your word...

Full report: ADN.

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7 comments:

FW said...

Yup, Sarah is all about transparency...it is more than tranparent that she is a corrupt, lying, backstabbing, narcissistic, and woefully incompetent governor.

crystalwolf aka caligrl said...

"Obviously we cannot afford to personally pay these bills -- and really no future governor should feel the sense of financial vulnerability at the hands of those with a political vendetta bent on personal destruction," Palin wrote. "Some have suggested a legal fund to pay these bills. We'll have to pursue that."

WHY does GINO have so many ethics complaints? In any other job, people would be asking THAT question. The person in question would most likely be fired. They wouldn't be able to whine, that "people are just out to get them" etc.
And she cannot afford her legal bills? Hells Bells! I bet Sherry Johnson can't afford hers either! But she's not going to start a "fund"! Maybe its time for GINO to step DOWN! Or STFU and tow the line.

Anonymous said...

OK, here's a thought: she's gonna run for Prez in 12 so that she can amass money to pay her legal fees.

oh....oh.....here's another thought: she can start behaving ethically? Follow the law? Hello?

As for "political vendetta based on personal destruction".......hey Meg Staplegun, that's what YOUR girl does in her spare time at "work". I don't see anyone trying to personally destroy GINO, I think merely there are a whole heck of a lot of people who think that she should not be Governor because she's so incompetent and corrupt, and think calling her on all her lies and duplicities is entirely appropriate, whether they pertain to her official duties or her personal life which she has made extremely public.

mdlw56 said...

Well, the first three comments above are excellent...ditto, ditto, ditto!

LisanTX said...

I agree with anon. above--people are holding the gov. accountable. When a gov. is corrupt, people point it out. This is not the same as having a personal vendetta. She doesn't know the difference; she can't understand the difference.

bigdayqueen said...

what about legal services paid by outside organizations..shouldn't that have been reported on the financial disclosure

Lisabeth said...

There is a good reason she has so many ethics complaints, she is just too stupid to see that. It would be very intersting to look at the records of other gov. I bet NONE of them have this many in only 2 years!! It's her! She is very polarizing and will never be elected to a federal office. Never!!