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Sarah Palin’s Ethical Debt — More than $500,000

And here we see the financial implications of ethics — Sarah Palin says that she is more than $500,000 in debt due
to “frivolous” ethics complaints brought against her by her fellow Alaskans
No doubt some of these charges are lacking in weight, (one complained that
Palin promoted the sponsor of her husband’s snowmobile team on her jacket; this
complaint was dismissed); but I absolutely love that Alaskan citizens are taking an
active part in their government and asking their leader to answer to any possible ethical missteps.
While I’m no fan of Palin, I’m
not interested in this article for partisan or anti-Palin reasons. I really just get excited
when I see people get involved in the world around them — and coupled with the
topic of ethics, well, I’m ecstatic right now.
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Roddy Reta

posted June 22, 2009 at 11:19 am

I don’t like seeing public servants going in debt due to frivolous complaints filed by their political enemies.
I didn’t like it when it happened to Bill and Hillary Clinton, and I don’t like it when it happens to Sarah Palin.
It’s sad to see someone “ecstatic” over something like this.

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posted June 22, 2009 at 11:39 am

These “ethics” complaints range from everything from Sarah receiving a box of chocolates on her birthday to accepting a hockey stick. These are nothing but political stunts filed by people looking for some laughs (one of the complaints was even filed under the name of a soap opera character)…none of them have any merit, and the only reason they are being filed is to hurt Sarah financially. She is not a wealthy woman.

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posted June 22, 2009 at 11:56 am

I have a difficult time buying claims of victimhood from someone who not only rails against those who truly are victims (without big time campaign donor to bail them out) but who has no shame when they are actually convicted of an ethical violation.
Does Sarah Palin desrve to be piled on? No, but then should should have some remorse for the wrong she had done and I just dont’ see that happening.

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Wake Up

posted June 22, 2009 at 12:42 pm

When you preach about “personal responsibility” and living within your means, it’s more than a little hypocritical to ask others to pay your bills when you just signed a multi-million dollar book deal.
Especially when there are people out there will real needs and no book deal to pay for them. For example, I am currently following the plight of a little four year old boy in California who was permanently blinded by his own father. A fund raised for his future special needs so far has netted about $25K:
According to Palin’s supporters, a webathon this weekend raised over $100K for her.
Depressing set of priorities in this country.

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posted June 22, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Roddy Reta: Thanks for your comment…I would like to clarify that I’m not “ecstatic” to see Sarah Palin (or any elected official) go into debt unjustly. However, I am happy to see her constituents voice their right to question the ethics of her actions in her position as their governor. Citizen participation is something I feel quite strongly about, and this is why I’m ecstatic.

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posted June 22, 2009 at 1:06 pm

The beauty of Sarah’s timing is that she can claim all the suits were “frivolous” now because they’ve been dismissed, some on technicalities (like her BIG ethics suit, which she spun in her direction and away from a sane conclusion).
One doesn’t know if a complaint will be found valid or not until it’s investigated — and several of these complaints posed provocative questions concerning actions that likely hadn’t been contemplated before.
After all, when has the state had such a publicly fecund governor with such a fascination with the media’s headlights, who hauled their kids all over the place and called attending their spouse’s hobby/side-job a government appearance?
I believe most of the complaints dealt with that citizens have a right to question, even if the ultimate conclusion sided (in some cases barely) with Palin.
Besides, didn’t she crow early in her career about her desire to be held accountable and to run a fiscally responsible ship?b

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William Shipley

posted June 22, 2009 at 1:29 pm

People being interested in ethical behavior by their leaders is a good thing. Unfortunately, that’s not what’s happening in Alaska. What is happening there is a very small group of people who have decided to destroy Sarah Palin by filing ethics charges over everything they can conceive of and then using them to garner headlines. She’s been charged, for example, with misuse of her office for answering a reporter’s question in her office on a subject that wasn’t state related. Have you ever seen a politician charged with ethics violations for answering an off-topic question before?
This isn’t about ethics, it’s about politics. And we have elections to deal with political disagreement. Let’s leave the ethics complaints to ethics, not politics.

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Bill Gaskin

posted June 22, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Of course the State Personnel Board of Ethics, made up of cronies and friends of whom Palin appoints and who can be fire at anytime for any reason by Sarah, would dismiss any, and all, complaints against Palin.

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Colletta King

posted June 22, 2009 at 3:02 pm

When you preach about “personal responsibility” and living within your means, it’s more than a little hypocritical to ask others to pay your bills when you just signed a multi-million dollar book deal.
Especially when there are people out there will real needs and no book deal to pay for them.
I’m just wondering which category her Begathon Tin Cup Fund falls under….socialism or welfare?

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posted June 22, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Yes – it’s true there is a group in Alaska looking to oust Palin. That group is growing by the day and it’s made up of the citizens of Alaska. She has brought them nothing but frustration and her promise of “transparency in government” was nothing but an empty campaign promise. Her entire administration is shrouded in secrecy. Just try to get ANY information about these legal fees of hers and you’ll come up against a brick wall. There is NO explanation or break down AT ALL and every attempt to get an explanation is met with “attorney client confidentiality”. What???!
The real reason she’s amassed this debt is that she chose to bring on a high-priced personal attorney in order to make sure her secrets remained in the closet.
Also, this “fund” that’s been created for her has absolutely NO oversight and Palin can use the money for ANYTHING she’d like to. If you haven’t read the way it’s set up, do yourself a favor and do so. It’s shocking.
There is so much more to the Palin story than most people realize but it won’t be that way for long. The closet can’t hold anymore skeletons and they’re about to come tumbling out.

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Shane Vander Hart

posted June 23, 2009 at 2:03 am

These ethics complaints are completely groundless. I mean one for instance is because she wore an Arctic Cat jacket. Really? Then another was her trip to Indiana which was not on the taxpayer dime for a charity.
I’d also like to point out that the Personnel Board is made up of Murkowski (the previous governor) appointees, not Palin’s. So how are they her cronies?
These allegations are about politics, not ethics, and at the very least Alaska law should provide Governor Palin with the same protection it provides legislators.

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posted June 26, 2009 at 1:05 pm

I think Sarah Palin just needs more experience and has to do more “homework”. So she might be a far better politician. But at her current state she really would have been a bad vice president.

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Your Name

posted July 4, 2009 at 1:14 pm

To see what the Left has brought to our nation makes any fair-minded person sick.
They cannot stand a fair election or a fair fight. Trying to destroy Sarah Palin and her family is about as low as one would ever think that any so-called American could stoop, but we can expect worse from those cowards. But they are not Americans.
Look at who speaks and acts on behalf of ACORN, NACA, COI, etc. They hate this nation and this society, and they will commit any shameful act to destroy the United States. Look at what the Democrats are doing to us all.
Many of their congregation – most of them – are truly ignorant of what democracy, freedom, or slavery, socialism, fascism and Liberalism mean. Ask them what they hope for in a government-owned society, and they cannot even see the slavery that is on its way; they just say “gimme,gimme,” “successful people are evil,” and “everyting is Bush’s fault!”
So full of blind hate and meanness are those fools, one marvels that they don’t burst into flames.
Vile people. Stupid people. Greedy people. Disgusting traitors who have gained influence only because of the lethargy of good people.
Can they learn?

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