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    Palin billed Alaskan taxpayers for nights she spent at home - Los Angeles Times
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    Palin billed Alaskan taxpayers for nights she spent at home

    The governor charged a per diem allowance meant to cover meals while traveling on state business. Her daughters and husband charged the state $43,490 to travel.
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    September 9, 2008

    ANCHORAGE Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a per diem allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.

    The governor also has charged the state for travel expenses to take her children on official out-of-town missions. Her husband, Todd, has billed the state for expenses and a daily allowance for trips he makes on official business for his wife.

    Palin, who earns $125,000 a year, claimed and received $16,951 as her allowance, which officials say was permitted because her official "duty station" is Juneau, according to an analysis of her travel documents by the Washington Post.

    The governor's daughters and husband charged the state $43,490 to travel, the documents show. Many of the trips were to and from their house in Wasilla and Juneau, the capital city 600 miles away.

    Gubernatorial spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said Monday that Palin's expenses were not unusual and that, under state policy, the first family could have claimed per diem expenses for each child taken on official business but had not done so.

    The popular governor collected the per diem allowance from April 22, four days after the birth of her fifth child, until June 3, when she flew to Juneau for two days. Palin moved her family to the capital during the legislative session last year, but prefers to stay in Wasilla and drive 45 miles to Anchorage to a state office building where she conducts most of her business, aides have said.

    Palin rarely sought reimbursement for meals while staying in Anchorage or Wasilla, the reports show.

    She wrote some form of "Lodging -- own residence" or "Lodging -- Wasilla residence" more than 30 times at the same time she took a per diem, according to the reports. In two dozen undated amendments to the reports, the governor deleted the reference to staying in her home but still charged the per diem.

    Palin charged the state a per diem for working on Nov. 22, 2007 -- Thanksgiving Day. The reason given, according to the expense report, was the Great Alaska Shootout, an annual NCAA college basketball tournament held in Anchorage.

    In separate filings, the state was billed about $25,000 for Palin's daughters' expenses and $19,000 for her husband.

    Leighow said many of the hundreds of invitations Palin received included requests for her to bring her family.

    Leighow noted that under state policy, all of the governor's children were entitled to per diem expenses, even her infant son.

    "The first family declined the per diem [for] the children," Leighow said. "The amount that they had declined was $4,461, as of Aug. 5."

    The family also charged for flights around the state, including trips to Alaska events such as the start of the Iditarod dog-sled race and the Iron Dog snowmobile race, a contest Todd Palin has won fourtimes.

    Gov. Palin has spent far less on personal travel than her predecessor: $93,000 on airfare in 2007, compared with $463,000 in 2006 by Frank Murkowski.
    Yeah, a real CHANGE from the regular greedy, self-promoting politicians.

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    What a cow, or should I say moose. No that's is unfair to the animals. She's a bitch, there simple word.
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    ^ but bitch is unfair to female dogs. She's a whore. LOL.

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    Not to mention, a dog wouldn't send its family a bill to sleep in its own doghouse

    A whore would, though lol

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    Unbelievable isn't it. The republicans like her bilk the taxpayer,but don't give a shit about the rest of us. They don't give a dam about the poor sick or elderly either. Only want to give everything to themselves(the wealthy). I pray this bitch and McCain don't win. GO OBAMA-BIDEN!

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    She rarely billed the state for meals she had in Anchorage or Wasilla. Also, all of the governor's children are entitled to per diem expenses, even her infant son. They declined. As of August 5th, the amount of allowable declined expenswes was over 4K.

    She also declined the personal chef that comes with the office, saying Mac and Cheese is just fine for her family.

    Oh, she also spends FAR LESS than the revious governor: $93,000 on airfare in 2007, compared with $463,000 spent by Frank Murkowski. He used a jet, which got sold on eBay. Palin travels coach and encourages her cabinet to do so as well.

    And from the same topic from the Washington Post:

    Palin, who earns $125,000 a year, claimed and received $16,951 as her allowance, which officials say was permitted because her official "duty station" is Juneau, according to an analysis of her travel documents by The Washington Post.

    This story is muchado about nothing.

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    is strong enough to take everything you have. ~Thomas Jefferson

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    She sold the jet (AT A LOSS) because she rarely went anywhere!! And it's no wonder she has a lower airfare bill, again because she stayed at home.

    You can't run up an airfare bill if you're at home. Just like you can't run up a lodging expenses bill if you're at home. Oh wait, that's exactly what she did.

    When you get per diem for travel expenses, you should, um, ACTUALLY TRAVEL, not just stay at home and claim costs.

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    ABC says she spent 45,000 hauling her family all over Alaska! She also has a private water-plane.
    Am not impressed with the Chef thing-no one expects the Gov to cook! By the way-the Female Chef is back.
    The jet didn't get sold on ebay-it got no bidders and sold at a loss.
    Saying she does better than the last governor is like saying Jesse James was better because he robbed fewer banks than Billy the Kid.
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    Maybe during that time that Palin spent hauling her family around Alaska, on the taxpayers' dime, she should've been teaching her kids about sex education then she wouldn't have a pregnant daughter now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lurkur View Post
    She sold the jet (AT A LOSS) because she rarely went anywhere!! And it's no wonder she has a lower airfare bill, again because she stayed at home.

    You can't run up an airfare bill if you're at home. Just like you can't run up a lodging expenses bill if you're at home. Oh wait, that's exactly what she did.

    When you get per diem for travel expenses, you should, um, ACTUALLY TRAVEL, not just stay at home and claim costs.
    yeah, she doesn't seem to be intellectually (or otherwise) curious at all...

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