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    Default Sarah Palin's children traveled on state funds

    Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.

    The charges included costs for hotel and commercial flights for three daughters to join Palin to watch their father in a snowmobile race, and a trip to New York, where the governor attended a five-hour conference and stayed with 17-year-old Bristol for five days and four nights in a luxury hotel.

    In all, Palin has charged the state $21,012 for her three daughters' 64 one-way and 12 round-trip commercial flights since she took office in December 2006. In some other cases, she has charged the state for hotel rooms for the girls.

    Alaska law does not specifically address expenses for a governor's children. The law allows for payment of expenses for anyone conducting official state business.

    As governor, Palin justified having the state pay for the travel of her daughters — Bristol, 17; Willow, 14; and Piper, 7 — by noting on travel forms that the girls had been invited to attend or participate in events on the governor's schedule.
    But some organizers of these events said they were surprised when the Palin children showed up uninvited, or said they agreed to a request by the governor to allow the children to attend.

    Several other organizers said the children merely accompanied their mother and did not participate. The trips enabled Palin, whose main state office is in the capital of Juneau, to spend more time with her children.

    "She said any event she can take her kids to is an event she tries to attend," said Jennifer McCarthy, who helped organize the June 2007 Family Day Celebration picnic in Ketchikan that Piper attended with her parents.

    State Finance Director Kim Garnero told The Associated Press she has not reviewed the Palins' travel expense forms, so she could not say whether the daughters' travel with their mother would meet the definition of official business.
    After Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain chose Palin his running mate and reporters asked for the records, Palin ordered changes to previously filed expense reports for her daughters' travel.

    In the amended reports, Palin added phrases such as "First Family attending" and "First Family invited" to explain the girls' attendance. "The governor said, 'I want the purpose and the reason for this travel to be clear,'" said Linda Perez, state director of administrative services.
    When Palin released her family's tax records as part of her vice presidential campaign, some tax experts questioned why she did not report the children's state travel reimbursements as income.

    The Palins released a review by a Washington attorney who said state law allows the children's travel expenses to be reimbursed and not taxed when they conduct official state business.
    Taylor Griffin, a McCain-Palin campaign spokesman, said Palin followed state policy allowing governors to charge for their children's travel. He said the governor's office has invitations requesting the family to attend some events, but he said he did not have them to provide.

    In October 2007, Palin brought daughter Bristol along on a trip to New York for a women's leadership conference. Plane tickets from Anchorage to La Guardia Airport for $1,385.11 were billed to the state, records show, and mother and daughter shared a room for four nights at the $707.29-per-night Essex House hotel, which overlooks Central Park.
    The event's organizers said Palin asked if she could bring her daughter.

    Alexis Gelber, who organized Newsweek's Third Annual Women & Leadership Conference, said she does not know how Bristol ended up attending. Gelber said invitees usually attend alone, but some ask if they can bring a relative or friend.
    Griffin, the campaign spokesman, said he believes someone with the event personally sent an e-mail to Bristol inviting her, but he did not have it to provide. Records show Palin also met with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Goldman Sachs representatives and visited the New York Stock Exchange.

    In January, the governor, Willow and Piper showed up at the Alaska Symphony of Seafood Buffet, an Anchorage gala to announce winners of an earlier seafood competition.

    "She was just there," said James Browning, executive director of Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, which runs the event. Griffin said the governor's office received an invitation that was not specifically addressed to anyone.
    When Palin amended her children's expense reports, she listed a role for the two girls at the function — "to draw two separate raffle tickets."

    In the original travel form, Palin listed a number of events that her children attended and said they were there "in official capacity helping." She did not identify any specific roles for the girls.
    In July, the governor charged the state $2,741.26 to take Bristol and Piper to Philadelphia for a meeting of the National Governors Association. The girls had their own room for five nights at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel for $215.46 a night, expense records show.

    AP: Palin children traveled on state funds - Decision '08 - MSNBC.com

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    Exactly how could children be on official business? This woman is such a crook.

    What she should have charged the state for was birth control for Bristol.



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    Lovely.

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    Oh excuse me Sarah,isn't this socialism having the State pay for your kids traveling expenses?

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    One wonders what mccain must be thinking of all this.

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    Situational ethics at its best.
    Last edited by MontanaMama; October 21st, 2008 at 05:54 PM. Reason: because I get apostrophe happy sometimes

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    Why is this a surprise? And who the fuck names their kids Willow, Piper and Bristol? Pretentious much?
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    Fiscal conservatism at its best! I'd really like to see a reporter interview her on camera about this with a lot of follow-up questions.

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    ^^So she can "get back to ya?"



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    Quote Originally Posted by candy27 View Post
    Oh excuse me Sarah,isn't this socialism having the State pay for your kids traveling expenses?
    HER name should be Spendingthewealth Palin. Must be nice to take your kids on vacation, flying them and stay in ritzy hotels on taxpayers money.

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    If you think this is bad you'll love this:


    RNC appears to shell out $150K for Palin fashion

    Jeanne Cummings

    The Republican National Committee appears to have spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.

    According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.

    The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September.

    The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in August.

    Politico asked the McCain campaign for comment, explicitly noting the $150,000 in expenses for department store shopping and makeup consultation that were incurred immediately after Palin’s announcement. Pre-September reports do not include similar costs.

    Spokeswoman Maria Comella declined to answer specific questions about the expenditures, including whether it was necessary to spend that much and whether it amounted to one early investment in Palin or if shopping for the vice presidential nominee was ongoing.


    “The campaign does not comment on strategic decisions regarding how financial resources available to the campaign are spent," she said.

    The business of primping and dressing on the campaign trail has become fraught with political risk in recent years as voters increasingly see an elite Washington out of touch with their values and lifestyles.

    In 2000, Democrat Al Gore took heat for changing his clothing hues. And in 2006, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) was ribbed for two hair styling sessions that cost about $3,000.

    Then, there was Democrat John Edwards’ $400 hair cuts in 2007 and Republican McCain’s $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes this year.

    A review of similar records for the campaign of Democrat Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee turned up no similar spending.

    But all the spending by other candidates pales in comparison to the GOP outlay for the Alaska governor whose expensive, designer outfits have been the topic of fashion pages and magazines.

    What hasn’t been apparent is where the clothes came from – her closet back in Wasilla or from the campaign coffers in Washington.

    The answer can be found inside the RNC’s September monthly financial disclosure report under “itemized coordinated expenditures.”

    It’s a report that typically records expenses for direct mail, telephone calls and advertising. Those expenses do show up, but the report also has a new category of spending: “campaign accessories.”

    September payments were also made to Barney’s New York ($789.72) and Bloomingdale’s New York ($5,102.71).

    Macy’s in Minneapolis, another store fortunate enough to be situated in the Twin Cities that hosted last summer’s Republican National Convention, received three separate payments totaling $9,447.71.

    The entries also show a few purchases at Pacifier, a top notch baby store, and Steiniauf & Stroller Inc., suggesting $295 was spent to accommodate the littlest Palin to join the campaign trail.

    An additional $4,902.45 was spent at Atelier, a high-class shopping destination for men.

    RNC appears to shell out $150K for Palin fashion - Yahoo! News



    This is a disgrace and I'd be really pissed if this is how my donations were spent. There are so many things wrong with this I can't even start.

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    what, don't the rest of you have 150K to blow on clothes and hair?

    God, she's just so in touch with joe the plumber!
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    That's just great, while the rest of the US is struggling with food and gas prices, she blows 150 Grand on crap. Doesn't matter though, her "fans" are so brainwashed, she could do just about anything and they'd applaud her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MontanaMama View Post
    Situational ethics at its best.
    Yep! It's funny how Republicans like Palin have one set of rules for themselves and another for everyone else. The level of hypocrisy is astonishing.

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