Former Gov. Sarah Palin is settling an ethics complaint by agreeing to return more than $386,000 collected in a legal defense fund before she resigned last summer.
The settlement, between Palin and the Alaska Personnel Board, was announced this afternoon.
An investigator for the board, Timothy Petumenos, said today that the fund was illegal because it inappropriately used the word "official" on its website, wrongly implying Palin's endorsement as governor.
Palin's attorney says she will return the funds.
The settlement says the fund collected $386,856 before she resigned, and $33,546 after, according to a report released today with the settlement. As of March, the fund had spent $87,680 on legal and other expenses, the report says.
Just when you think that there is no justice in the world.
This is awesome news!
Unless of course you are Sarah Palin who is having yet another unbelievably bad week. Boy that karma is a bitch isn't it?
Update: WTF? Meg Stapleton has risen from the dead and written a post on Palin's Facebook page to pimp for a NEW defense fund?
As you know, we love a good fight, but we must pick our battles carefully. As a chief executive, Governor Palin makes the calls, and she knows that this battle, though important to her personally, does nothing for the country. She has bigger battles to fight, battles to restore our strength internationally and stand by our allies, battles to stop the downward slide of our economy, and battles to take back control of Congress.
However, I know and you know that no public official should ever have to bear the financial brunt of these attacks. And Governor Palin can lawfully raise money now through a brand new – not official but let’s call it “real” – legal defense fund without any risk of offending an investigator or state law. And such a fund now exists at http://www.sarahpalinlegaldefensefund.org/donate.php.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Alaska Fund Trust. Your heart was in the right place. And Governor Palin and her family have been overwhelmed by your generosity. If you want to, you can contribute to the new fund. In the meantime, we will try to contact you to get your donation returned from the old trust.
Now – back to motherhood for me! And common sense.
P.S. One last thought as we approach the anniversary of Governor Palin’s “reloading,” thank God she had the fortitude and wisdom to look down the road and see what she did – the state’s bills would have amounted to millions upon millions more and her personal legal bills would be personally insurmountable. I don’t know who would want to hold office under these circumstances and with loopholes our Alaska legislators refuse to close.
Something does not smell right here. Stapleton could not get away from Sarah fast enough when she resigned back in February. I wonder how much Palin had to pay her to get her to come forward now and assume her old role of Palin spokesperson? If in fact that really IS Meg who wrote that Facebook post that of course.
Update 2: Gee in all of the excitement I almost missed it. The Defense fund only paid out $87,680 in legal AND other expenses? Didn't Sarah complain to anybody that would listen that she and Todd owed over $500,000 in legal fees? And isn't THAT one of the main reasons that she gave for quitting her job?
Simply put every single thing this woman says is a lie. Period. And anybody dumb enough to donate to this new LEGAL defense fund should not be allowed out of the house without a caretaker.
Update 3: This from the Alaska Dispatch.
Palin solicited the money claiming she needed help paying legal fees to fight ethics complaints filed against her as governor. But the findings of the independent counsel note "a contract for legal services was issued by the state of Alaska to Clapp, Peterson, VanFlein, Tiemesson & Thorsness to represent Gov. Palin in connection with these matters for up to $100,000 at public expense."
No invoices were ever submitted to the state by the law firm.
There you go Palin-bots. There it is in easy to comprehend black and white. Your precious Sarah is a complete and total fraud!