Monday, 14 September 2009

Sarah Palin's house

This appeared on Sourcing from China:

There’s possible federal indictments against Palin, concerning an embezzlement scandal related to the building of Palin’s house and the Wasilla Sports Complex built during her tenure as Mayor. Both structures, it is said, feature the “same windows, same wood, same products.” Federal investigators have been looking into this for some time, and indictments could be imminent, according to the Alaska sources.

The post gives no links, so we don't know what these Alaska sources are, but it looks good. It's so lovely to read the word indictment next to Sarah Palin's name...

Sarah Palin will be going to China soon. I wonder what topic she'll choose for her speech? "How to build a house in three weeks with some help from hubby's buddies" sounds appropriate.

All Housegate posts.
More details about a possible indictment.


Anonymous said...

That must be the bbq where Levi did the cooking.

If I remember correctly, the contractor on the sports complex was not a commercial builder but a residential builder. Unusual, if true.

They do say the windows and staircase are of the same material.

Anonymous said...

We can only hope that the investigation is doing a very complete survey of the building records for the Sports Complex, and comparing them with the Palin house project. Under Sarah's administration, they did not require building permits, but there still some measure of accountability required. For a public project like the Sports Complex, there must have been records. Even though the Palins did not have undergo regular inspections or meet zoning requirements, they would still have to produce canceled checks made out to the siding people, the window people, other suppliers.

I would also hope that they are interviewing the people who built the Sports Complex and the people (buddies) who helped build the Palin house. It would be an amazing coincidence if some of them turned out to be the same guys. The should remember where the windows came from, for example.

I can also hope that this is a very thorough examination process and that is what is taking so long. Please, pretty, please.

Judy said...

I never heard of Sourcing from China. Was this information posted by a blogger?

Anonymous said...

This is old but worth a read:

THE $12.5 MILLION sports complex and hockey rink that is the lasting monument to Palin’s two terms as Wasilla mayor is also a monument to the kind of insider politics that dismays Americans of both parties. Six months before Palin stepped down as mayor in October 2002, the city awarded nearly a half-million-dollar contract to design the biggest project in Wasilla history to Kumin Associates.

Blase Burkhart was the Kumin architect on the job-the son of Roy Burkhart, who is frequently described as a “mentor” of Palin and was head of the local Republican Party (his wife, June, who also advised Palin, is the national committeewoman). Asked if the contract was a favor, Roy Burkhart, who contributed to her campaign in the same time frame that his son got the contract, said: “I really don’t know.”

Palin then named Blase Burkhart to a seven-member builder-selection committee that picked Howdie Inc., a mostly residential contractor owned at the time by Howard Nugent. Formally awarded the contract a couple of weeks after Palin left office, Nugent has donated $4,000 to Palin campaigns. Two competitors protested the process that led to Nugent’s contract. Burkhart and Nugent had done at least one project together before the complex-and have done several since.

A list of subcontractors on the job, obtained by the Voice, includes many with Palin ties. One was Spenard Builders Supply, the state’s leading supplier of wood, floor, roof, and other “pre-engineered components.” In addition to being a sponsor of Todd Palin’s snow-machine team that has earned tens of thousands for the Palin family, Spenard hired Sarah Palin to do a statewide television commercial in 2004.

to be continued

Anonymous said...

When the Palins began building a new family home off Lake Lucille in 2002-at the same time that Palin was running for lieutenant governor and in her final months as mayor-Spenard supplied the materials, according to Antoine Bricks, who works in its Wasilla office. Spenard actually filed a notice “of its right to assert a lien” on the deed for the Palin property after contracting for labor and materials for the site. Spenard’s name has popped up in the trial of Senator Stevens-it worked on the house that is at the center of the VECO scandal as well.

Todd Palin told Fox News that he built the two-story, 3,450-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath, wood house himself, with the help of contractors he described as “buddies.” As mayor, Sarah Palin blocked an effort to require the filing of building permits in the wide-open city, and there is no public record of who the “buddies” were. The house was built very near the complex, on a site whose city purchase led to years of unsuccessful litigation and, now, $1.3 million in additional costs, with a law firm that’s also donated to Palin collecting costly fees from the city.

Dorwin and Joanne Smith, the principals of complex subcontractor DJ Excavation & Development, have donated $7,100 to Palin and her allied candidate Charlie Fannon (Joanne is a Palin appointee on the state Board of Nursing). Sheldon Ewing, who owns another complex subcontractor, Weld Air, has donated $1,300, and PN&D, an engineering firm on the complex, has contributed $699.

Ewing was one of the few sports-complex contractors, aside from Spenard, willing to address the question of whether he worked on the house as well, but he had little to say: “I doubt that it occurred, but if it did indirectly, how would I know anyhow?” The odd timing of Palin’s house construction-it was completed two months before she left City Hall and while she and Todd Palin were campaigning statewide for the first time-raises questions, especially considering its synergy with the complex.

Salon’s David Talbot recently visited the complex, which, he said, resembled “a huge airplane hangar” so far away from the city’s center that kids can’t bike or walk there. It’s adorned by a plaque commemorating Palin. Even as a governor, she is still such a champion of the complex-which loses money every year-that she just steered state funding for a new kitchen to it.

Truth said...

Dorwin and Joanne Smith, the principals of complex subcontractor DJ Excavation & Development, have donated $7,100 to Palin

These are also the people who Sarah & Family stayed with in Giddings Texas after the trip to New York. You remember that trip, which resulted in her fued with Letterman. She did her interview from down there where she appeared on the Today Show with Matt Lauer.

Sarah also recieved a lot of (read THOUSANDS) dollars in donations to SarahPAC from that stay in Giddings, from people involved in the Oil & Gas Industry.


Anonymous said...

I checked it out and it is from an blog back on July 3rd, almost word for word.

I think the Chinese are simply checking Sarah out, and picked it up from the July article. It you google it up, I'm sure you'll find it almost word for word, but much more comprehensive than the China article.

So the Chinese attendees will have a bit of an idea of what Sarah is all about. Alaskan hanky panky, like Ted Stevens.

sjk from the belly of the plane said...

HOUSEGATE!!!! no state ethics panels or Personnel Boards....IRS, FBI.....and who knows what other agencies. HOUSEGATE WILL SEND HER TO PRISON!!!!!! hopefully.

sjk from the belly of the plane said...

It would be an amazing coincidence if some of them turned out NOT to be the same guys that built the Sports Shrine.

Amy1 said...

Anon22:53 mentions David Talbot, and he seems really credible to me. Take a look at his comments on SP.

Anonymous said...

This is where it came from back on July 3rd 2009.

Frank LI NY said...

This is the one I've been waiting for. I could care less who gave birth to who.
I would love to see this woman behind bars!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

No wonder Sarah didn't want the "Feds" interfering in anything at the state or local level. If these allegations are true Sarah is a crook. She and her blu d followers can spin this any way they want but the truth is going to come out.

What a piece of work. Greed has a terrible effect on people.

I wonder if the information is accurate about the investigation. I hope so if it is all true.

Anonymous said...

PROJECT: To quickly construct a state-of-the-art multi-use sports complex under severe time constraints.

The Wasilla Multi-Use Sports Complex was a Fast Track Team-Build project designed by Kumin & Associates. Cost of construction was $12.9 million. Howdie, Inc. was selected from a long list of statewide applicants to be the lead contractor. The facility was completed in less than one year and under budget for the City of Wasilla. It includes an ice rink, state-of-the-art artificial playing field and running track.

Another project by Howdie, Inc.:

Look at: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge - Lodge Panoramic 1
(you can stop the video for a better picture of the wall of windows on the back of the lodge)

The windows look the same as the ones shown on the back of the Palin house -- very interesting!!!

Todd "designed and built" their house... Gov. Sarah Palin stands in her kitchen wearing a black skirt and silver-sequined sweater, dressed for the gala she is about to attend. In front of her are a BlackBerry and a cell phone, devices that rarely leave her side. It’s her favorite room in the large but unpretentious home her husband, Todd, designed and built five years ago.

sjk from the belly of the plane said...

anon, Those seem to be some popular windows!