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Palin and Supporters Busted - Alaska Offered to Pay Palin Legal Costs
Independent Council Report | 6-26-10 | Bob J

Posted on 06/26/2010 9:37:58 AM PDT by Bob J

One of the most flogged excuses by both Palin and her supporters for her resignation as Governor of Alaska was that ethics complaints were "bankrupting" her. But the Independent Council Report issued in conjunction with the decision on her Legal Defense Fund says otherwise.

Not only does it show the State of Alaska offered to make payments for her legal costs it shows that even bfore the election the Palin campaign was making alternate plans to not only get the McCain campaign to pay for them but to hit up the Rnc AND set up a legal defense fund.

When confronted with Palin's legal bills in relation to the ethics violations charged against her, the State of Alaska offerred to pay begin paying bills to the tune of 100k. Now this was just the start and 100k was a round number they picked. Once they made the precedent of funding her legal expenses there would have been an obligation to continue...in for a penny, in for a pound.

But Palin and her legal advisors rejected the offer based IMO in a flimsy "accounting problem". It is clear the Palin's had bigger plans for much more money and the Alaskan offer was only going to get in the way of that.

Before you start reading these snippets from the report you must be aware that the first plan of attack from the Palinistas will be to portray the Independent Investigaror as partisan, compromised and corrupt. But you must also be aware that this is the very same IC that ruled in Paln's favor over the much more serious "Troopergate" allegations.

This report is full of eye opening relevations and I will be posting reports on several of them as time goes on. Here is the relevant section on this issue from the report.

"C. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law.

1. Certain ethics complaints and legislative inquiries were conducted involving Governor Palin during the national presidential and vice presidential campaign when Governor Palin was a candidate for Vice President of the United States.

2. A contract for legal services was issued by the State of Alaska to the law firm of Clapp, Peterson, Van Flein, Tiemesson & Thorsness to represent Governor Palin, and others, in connection with these matters, for up to $ 100,000 at public expense.

3. No invoices were submitted to the State by Mr. Van Flein's law firm, pursuant to this state contract, due to the decision by Governor Palin and her attorneys that it would be too difficult to separate the functions of representing Governor Palin in her official capacity in the pending state-related matters, and representing her in other related campaign or partisan matters beyond the scope of the state contract. Thus, to avoid an appearance of impropriety or any allegation that legal fees were being paid for legal services beyond the scope of the state contract, Van Flein's law firm and Governor Palin agreed that funding for these services would be sought from sources other than state funding.

4. Among the sources of funding discussed were the Republican National Committee and the McCain campaign. However, after the conclusion of the presidential campaign, it became apparent that funding from the McCain campaign would not be forthcoming. Governor Palin and her advisors discussed alternative sources of funding to defray the continuing costs of defending past and future Ethics Act complaints, as well as other claims that may be brought as a consequence of serving in the Governor's Office. Among the sources discussed were the Republican Governor's Association and the creation of a trust. The trust would solicit private funding to pay for the past and future defense costs of Governor Palin, and potentially her family, her aides in the Governor's Office, and potentially, future governors and state officials.

EPIC FAIL - This is going to hurt...


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1 posted on 06/26/2010 9:38:06 AM PDT by Bob J
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To: Bob J

I thought this was some kind of leftist hitpiece. This is yours??


3 posted on 06/26/2010 9:41:21 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: Bob J

REALLY generic name and no link. Source please?????


4 posted on 06/26/2010 9:41:33 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Bob J

Sarah plays chess while they play checkers.


5 posted on 06/26/2010 9:41:52 AM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, or is it Mr. Stone or Mr. Woody? Whatever, you're under arrest.)
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To: Bob J

Oh put a sock in it.


6 posted on 06/26/2010 9:41:52 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Bob J

what...bad legal advice???


7 posted on 06/26/2010 9:42:17 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Skip Away
Sara said it was not fair for the Alaska tax payers to pay for the frivolous law suits. She took it on on her own. Can you imagine the law suits form the idiots if the state gave her money outside the law?
8 posted on 06/26/2010 9:42:42 AM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: Bob J

Did your hero Johnny Sutton tell you this too?


9 posted on 06/26/2010 9:42:58 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Lurker

This obsession of his has gotten really old and tiresome.


10 posted on 06/26/2010 9:42:58 AM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: Bob J

I don’t think she was able to focus on her job because of all the distractions of legal complaints against her.


11 posted on 06/26/2010 9:43:52 AM PDT by jerri (Is it over yet?)
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To: Bob J

And your point is what, exactly?

Are you trying to deny that the Left has been harassing Sarah Palin with nonsensical ethics complaints? Are you attacking her for writing a book or giving speeches for money?


12 posted on 06/26/2010 9:44:01 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: Bob J

When you say “The State of Alaska” offered to pay, what does that mean? Attorney General, state legislature?


13 posted on 06/26/2010 9:44:03 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Bob J

IBTZ!


14 posted on 06/26/2010 9:44:03 AM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: Bob J

None of this is of any real import. It will be blown out of proportion and made out to be more than what it really is or was, just as you insinuate, but in the end, her supporters don’t care, and by the time Obama is finished trying to cover up the even-larger schemes he’s been involved with, won’t amount to a hill of beans.....nice try.


15 posted on 06/26/2010 9:44:12 AM PDT by Gaffer ("Profiling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: Bob J; Skip Away; xzins
A contract for legal services was issued by the State of Alaska to the law firm of Clapp, Peterson, Van Flein, Tiemesson & Thorsness to represent Governor Palin, and others, in connection with these matters, for up to $100,000 at public expense.

Considering her legal bills were expected to exceed $500,000, I don't think this is quite the smoking gun all you Palin haters were hoping for.

16 posted on 06/26/2010 9:44:21 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Bob J

Was that $100K offered for EACH charge filed? Sarah made it clear, early on, that she didn’t want the Alaskan taxpayer to have to pick up the tab for her defense. And when all was said and done, with each of the ethics charges filed, the total was much MORE than $100K.


17 posted on 06/26/2010 9:44:55 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: mountainlion
Sara said it was not fair for the Alaska tax payers to pay for the frivolous law suits. She took it on on her own. Can you imagine the law suits form the idiots if the state gave her money outside the law?

Exactly!

18 posted on 06/26/2010 9:45:45 AM PDT by jerri (Is it over yet?)
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To: Bob J
If I read this correctly, you are saying Palin resigned her office to save the Taxpayers of Alaska hundreds of thousands of dollars defending her from false accusations.

Man, she is evil. /s

19 posted on 06/26/2010 9:46:15 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Obama, proving Hillary right that it takes a Village Idiot.)
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To: Bob J
Sarah Palin resigned to save Alaska the trouble and expense of all those nuisance suits and complaints. She never discussed personal bankruptcy.

This article by "Bob J" just verifies that.

20 posted on 06/26/2010 9:47:25 AM PDT by eCSMaster (He promised hope; he gave us hype. He promised change; he gave us chains!)
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To: Bob J

you seem to forget the legal defence fund was pronounced ILLEGAL by obama lawyers. They sued and got the fund locked up


21 posted on 06/26/2010 9:47:25 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Kickass Conservative

Oh the outrage of it all...lol


22 posted on 06/26/2010 9:48:01 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Bob J

Who the h*ck are you, and why are you in my cereal? Didn’t I see you on Obama’s upper lip??


23 posted on 06/26/2010 9:48:11 AM PDT by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: Bob J

Bob J -
Rumor has it that the disgraced quitter governor Palin uses an iPhone!
You best get to investigating that scandal too, OK?


24 posted on 06/26/2010 9:48:15 AM PDT by frankenMonkey (I can see November from my window...)
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To: Bob J
Whether your story is true or false, you need to either:
  1. Supply some credible supporting links, or

  2. Resubmit this as a vanity post, maybe over in "chat".
At the moment it's just a bunch of opinion. Nothing wrong with that, you're welcome to your opinion -- but it ain't news, it's a vanity.
25 posted on 06/26/2010 9:48:45 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Bob J

TROLL


26 posted on 06/26/2010 9:48:47 AM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85 -Happy B'day Daddy 2/20/23)
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To: Bob J

Every attorney I ever used demanded payment up front. I’m sure all of us have 2 or 3 million dollars laying around to use until we’re reimbursed.


27 posted on 06/26/2010 9:48:47 AM PDT by wolfpat (Moderate=Clueless)
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To: Skip Away

TROLL #2


28 posted on 06/26/2010 9:49:12 AM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85 -Happy B'day Daddy 2/20/23)
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To: Bob J

100K is chump change for what she was up against


29 posted on 06/26/2010 9:49:12 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Eccl. 10:18 -)
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To: Skip Away
Bankrupting excuse was getting very old.

You bet it is. At least a year & a half.

I had no idea anyone was still following this farce.

30 posted on 06/26/2010 9:49:50 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Bob J

This makes me respect her even more. The taxpayers of Alaska shouldn’t have been on the hook for these bills anymore than she should have been. She’s a woman of honor.


31 posted on 06/26/2010 9:50:25 AM PDT by mockingbyrd (Remember in November.)
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To: mountainlion
Sara said it was not fair for the Alaska tax payers to pay for the frivolous law suits. She took it on on her own. Can you imagine the law suits form the idiots if the state gave her money outside the law?

Bears repeating.

32 posted on 06/26/2010 9:50:45 AM PDT by Marylander
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To: dalebert

Nope, even the people bringing the suits made a point that the Alaska law did not allow the use of public funds for the legal defense of such allegations The law was instituted to isolate true violators from using public funds to pay for the defense of personal indescretions. Those who brought the suits knew this and used it as a means to drive her out of office or at the very least to provide a whipping post for the remainder of her term.

Their strategy in one sense was successful as they won the battle but lost the war.


33 posted on 06/26/2010 9:51:02 AM PDT by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate - West FL22nd - JD Hayworth - US Senate)
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To: Bob J
Reading headline only as this article is not worth the time, but Gov Palin clearly stated that it was costing the taxpayers...fighting suit after suit. Look it up on her old Twitter account. Would it have been right to make the taxpayer foot the bill for the frivolous lawsuits?

It seems alot of people on FR have trouble supporting someone who clearly can do the job and would prefer to ignore Palin as being one of those people. Instead we get petty, childish posts nitpicking her as a person. No wonder we have a marxist in the WH...the majority of people have no clue, so-called conservatives included, at how much trouble we are in as a nation.

34 posted on 06/26/2010 9:51:12 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Blessed Is The Nation Whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12)
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To: Bob J

Treading mighty close to the land of ZOT.


35 posted on 06/26/2010 9:51:23 AM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, or is it Mr. Stone or Mr. Woody? Whatever, you're under arrest.)
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To: Bob J

*YAWN*


36 posted on 06/26/2010 9:51:35 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: Bob J

Look, it is just nonsense to allege that the State of Alaska would pay her legal costs for all time. If the leftist groups kept hitting her with lawsuits, eventually the state’s and Palin’s interest would diverge and the state would cease to fund.

All of that completely ignores whether or not Palin would be comfortable with the wasting of state resources to defend her from repetitive frivolous lawsuits. She obviously was not comfortable with how it was wasting her time in office to help defend these things.

Furthermore, it is just silly for anyone to forecast how things would have played out if she had remained in office. There are just too many divergent paths which would be impacted by each of her decisions and the decisions of her opposition. Not only is the writer trying to condemn her for the decision she made but also for things which might or might not have happened in the future.

Saying her decision to resign was wrong is an opinion anyone is entitled to hold. But using events which never happened as evidence is weak.


37 posted on 06/26/2010 9:51:53 AM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts soooo good!)
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To: pissant

LOL! Good retort.


38 posted on 06/26/2010 9:52:06 AM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: Bob J

STFU!


39 posted on 06/26/2010 9:53:26 AM PDT by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: P-Marlowe

Furthermore these same people saying she should have used state money for her defense are the same people who would have been screaming that she was wasting taxpayer money once she accepted it.


40 posted on 06/26/2010 9:53:55 AM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts soooo good!)
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bookmark


41 posted on 06/26/2010 9:53:55 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Hardraade

This was so funny it is worth repeating

“Who the h*ck are you, and why are you in my cereal? Didn’t I see you on Obama’s upper lip??”


42 posted on 06/26/2010 9:54:01 AM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: Skip Away

Your posts get very old, after just a few words -—


43 posted on 06/26/2010 9:54:15 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Bob J
LOL, Epic Spelling Fail..

Independent Council? Report

But not surprised considering the source.

44 posted on 06/26/2010 9:54:22 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: Bob J
EPIC FAIL

Yep, she's done for. Fox News will fire her, no one will attend her speeches, she's toast in 2012, and her book will get thrown in a bonfire.

Time to stop feeding you the troll Bob. You're insignificant and not worth my time anymore.

45 posted on 06/26/2010 9:55:01 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Mexico is the U.S. version of Hamas)
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To: Bob J

Looks like you didn’t think this through very well.


46 posted on 06/26/2010 9:55:04 AM PDT by reasonisfaith ("Ye shall know them by their fruits." (Matthew 7:16))
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To: Bob J

Diarrhea of the keyboard once again, eh?


47 posted on 06/26/2010 9:56:21 AM PDT by GQuagmire ( We are no longer Massholes)
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To: Bob J
Palin and Supporters Busted Vindicated - Refuse taxpayer money
48 posted on 06/26/2010 9:56:48 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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Palin and Supporters Busted

I think I know what should be "Busted" Ace and it ain't Palin and her supporters.

49 posted on 06/26/2010 9:56:53 AM PDT by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: wolfpat
"Every attorney I ever used demanded payment up front."

We're not talking about a simple will or traffic citation here. We're talking about an ongoing defense from ethics violations. You've clearly never put a law firm on retainer, which is what I'm sure was done here. A fee is charged up front, then billing is submitted to the client every month.

50 posted on 06/26/2010 9:57:00 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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