Sunday, 19 July 2009
Paying $arah Palin's legal fees
Newsweek has an article where John Coale explains some of the figures involved in $arah Palin's legal expenses. He points out that $500,000 stem from the campaign and the remaining $100,000 came later. This next paragraph is interesting:
One thing is clear: Palin is fuming at the McCain camp, which she believes saddled her with all that debt. At the time John McCain tapped Palin, she was using Alaska state funds to pay the lawyer she hired to defend her against ethics charges. McCain aides, worried that that could raise ethical questions, put an end to the payments. Here's where things get testy: Coale says the McCain campaign, and later the Republican National Committee, led Palin to believe that they would pay her bills, but never did, causing Palin's debt to pile up. But two former senior McCain officials, who asked for anonymity to keep political peace, say there was no such promise (online finance records show no payments to Palin's lawyer). Palin's spokeswoman, her lawyer, and an RNC spokeswoman didn't respond to requests for comment.
On April 28 I posted something about $arah's legal fees. Here are some highlights:
Somebody must have advised Sarah Palin to move the investigation to the safer Personnel Board and to retain private legal counsel. Enter the $500,000 worth of legal fees in the shape of Thomas Van Flein. She hired a very expensive attorney to defend her against... herself, as the Personnel Board complaint was filed by none other than Sarah Palin.
What happened next is also typical of their tactics and disloyalty. The Republicans lost the election, Sarah Palin was of no further use to them, so she was left high and dry with a huge legal bill.
I agree with the Newsweek article on how the astronomical legal bill came about, but not the reason. She was using state lawyers, which placed the whole thing in the public records. The move to private counsel was made so she would benefit from client/attorney privilege and any dirt would remain confidential. The RNC concerns about ethical questions don't ring true.
The RNC and $arah Palin appear to have one thing in common: they don't allow ethics to interfere with their political or personal goals.