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    My IQ went down 20 points reading that Twitter shit.
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    Palin Plans "Less Politically Correct" Twitter Account

    Sarah Palin has been able to leverage her Twitter account to keep up a national profile since her failed 2008 vice presidential bid -- and she doesn't plan to let her resignation as governor of Alaska stop her. Palin is promising a new account and "less politically correct" Tweets once she steps down as governor.

    Palin's current Twitter handle, AKGovSarahPalin, won't be very fitting for the Republican politician come July 26, when Lt. Governor Sean Parnell will take over for Palin. Subsequently, it appears she is planning to launch a new account.

    Just hours ago, Palin tweeted, "I'll stay in touch w/whomever wants via personal twtr site;launch July 26;in meantime it's pleasure to update interested folks on State biz!"

    That note followed up on a tweet that seems to promise more Palin headlines in the weeks to come: "elected is replaceable;Ak WILL progress! + side benefit=10 dys til less politically correct twitters fly frm my fingertps outside State site," she wrote.

    Sarah Palin has displayed her Web 2.0 savvy on Twitter, the social networking site that allows users to "tweet" 140-character messages, where she is able to seemingly sidestep "mainstream media" by communicating directly to her "followers" on Twitter -- all the while keeping journalists abreast of her latest moves.

    She has indeed addressed many Alaskan issues on her current Twitter account. "I'm asking lawmakers to continue my admin's fuel tax suspension; hard to swallow notion that some want to tax AKn's fuel! Stand by for info," she recently tweeted. Her new account, however, could take her into a whole new realm of national politics.
    Palin Plans "Less Politically Correct" Twitter Account - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

    She is the very definition of a Twittard.

    Saradise Lost: How Alaska bloggers dethroned Sarah Palin

    It turns out that blogger Phil Munger hears all his big, breaking Sarah Palin news in the kitchen of his house, which overlooks Neklason Lake and sits just 10 miles from the center of Wasilla, the Southcentral Alaska town where Palin once served as mayor.

    On July 3, Munger, a music professor and former '60s anti-war activist who started his blog Alaska Progressive in November 2007, was in his kitchen and got gobsmacked by the announcement that Palin was handing over the reins of the state to her No. 2, and doing it for the good of Alaskans.

    Munger's immediate reaction to the stunning news? He emailed me a succinct response: "WTF??!!!"

    For Munger, it was déjà vu all over again. Back on August 29, 2008, Munger, again in his kitchen, heard the jaw-dropping news that Palin had been picked as John McCain's running mate. "She's just totally unqualified," was the blogger's first thought.

    Stunned, confused, and more than a bit concerned about an America with Palin in the No. 2 position, Munger immediately blogged it. He wanted to warn people about the newcomer to the national stage, the one he first met in the early '90s, when she was a 26-year-old serving on the Wasilla Planning Commission; the one who once told him she believed Jesus Christ would be born again in her lifetime. And when Munger sat down to write his first impressions about Palin's meteoric rise, he opted for an Alaska slang term that described the idyllic frontier realm as depicted by Palin's most fervent Republican supporters: "Saradise."

    Munger's blog post was headlined "Saradise Lost," and in the ensuing days, weeks, and months, he kept adding updates, or chapters, as the fall campaign unfolded, and then as Palin returned to govern Alaska. That was last August. Over the recent July Fourth holiday weekend, Munger completed Book Two of his "Saradise Lost" installment. In total, he'd posted more than 250 Palin chapters.

    Now the governor was quitting. While she never said it out loud, it certainly wouldn't have been a shock if she'd directed a Nixonian parting phrase toward Alaska bloggers: "You're not going to have Palin to kick around anymore."

    I'm not suggesting that homegrown bloggers alone were responsible for Palin's "no más" moment, but there's no question that the online activists played a key role. That with their shit-kicking brand of frontier citizen journalism, they drove Palin to distraction and changed the way voters nationwide thought about the governor. So if conservative bloggers get credit for driving Dan Rather out of the anchor chair in 2004 following their Memogate campaign-season tale, then the band of scrappy liberal bloggers in Alaska ought to be allowed to bask in a bit of glory, because they made their own history when Palin announced her exit.

    And the truth is, bloggers didn't back off after last November's election. Their dead-on pursuit of the facts continued right through Palin's awkward farewell bid. As Howard Kurtz noted on CNN's Reliable Sources on Sunday:

    It took some liberal bloggers to poke some holes in some things that Sarah Palin said. For example, she had said that most of the ethics complaints against her in the state of Alaska were filed by Democrats. That's not true. She said millions of dollars were spent on legal fees defending her, and she felt badly about that. But actually, the figure was less, and these were mostly staff salaries paid to state lawyers who would have been paid anyway.

    Indeed, read this utterly thorough dissection of Palin's tall tale about the cost of ethics complaints for a lesson in what Alaska bloggers have been doing to the governor for the past 10 months. Like a bartender at Wasilla's Mug-Shot Saloon, Palin keeps setting up the tall tales, and local bloggers keep knocking them down. Again and again and again. (Earlier this year, they helped torpedo Palin's pick for Alaska attorney general; the nominee was the first in state history not to be confirmed.)

    Brandishing dogged reporting skills and wonderfully insightful, entertaining writing, Alaska bloggers turned the 49th state (and a very, very red one, at that) into a hotbed for plugged-in citizen journalism and showed the rest of the liberal blogosphere, as well as media elites, what's possible when passion and creativity are harnessed online.

    Just ask Palin.

    And the phenomenon can all be traced back to that morning in late August when word first broke about Palin's ascension to the national stage. That morning, liberal bloggers at sites like Alaska Progressive, Mudflats, Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis, Just a Girl From Homer, Kodiak Konfidential, Own The Sidewalk, What Do I Know?, Alaska Real, AndrewHalcro.com, and Immoral Minority began tapping away at their keyboards, wearing the same stunned expression that Munger had stuck to his face. They didn't realize it right then, but within just a matter of days, Alaska bloggers would emerge as one of the most important local newsgathering sources of the entire election season. (Their hit counts also zoomed into the stratosphere.) And collectively, they wrote a new chapter in campaign journalism.

    I was so struck by their contributions last year that I profiled them in my recent book, Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press. Their groundbreaking work since the election simply confirms their place in Internet history.

    In the right place (i.e. far, far away from the Beltway) at the right time and boasting unmatched knowledge about Palin, the bloggers served an invaluable function last year. While major media organizations scrambled to even get reporters to Alaska to start their background reporting on the governor, the bloggers were teeing up all kinds of meaty morsels hour after hour on that weekend the Palin news broke. (If McCain had tapped former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to be his VP, I just don't think Boston-based bloggers, for instance, would have had the kind of impact on the VP story that Alaska bloggers did.)

    Media companies had few bureaus and even fewer political contacts on the ground in Alaska. And the state's major newspaper, the Anchorage Daily News, just couldn't cover the sprawling Palin story with the kind of obsessive detail that bloggers could; the daily couldn't satisfy the tidal wave of Lower 48 interest in Palin, so bloggers jumped in and started pumping out information and impressions about their governor.

    The Bridge to Nowhere, Troopergate (which bloggers Andrew Halcro and Linda Kellen Biegel helped break during the summer of 2008), Wasilla's Palin-era policy on making rape victims and their insurance companies pay for test kits, Palin's unorthodox religious beliefs, her previous love affair with federal earmarks, her anti-science beliefs, and her dubious claim of being "commander in chief" of the Alaska National Guard. It was like a smorgasbord. And quite simply, for long stretches of time, the Alaska bloggers owned the Palin story, as they did their best to paint an accurate picture of the new VP candidate for the rest of the world, a picture that didn't always mesh with the mavericky picture presented by the press.

    What happened during the campaign was that organically, Alaska bloggers formed their own "all-Palin, all-the-time" reporting collective -- their own de facto reporting pool -- that often rivaled traditional outlets in terms of output, and one that regularly surpassed the mainstream media for local knowledge and insight.

    Did they sometimes play a bruising brand of hardball? You betcha. (What else would you expect in the Last Frontier?) But were they mostly fair and accurate in their Palin coverage? From what I've seen, absolutely. Remember, last year, it was Alaska bloggers who tried to put the brakes on the far-fetched blogosphere campaign, launched outside of Alaska, that raised doubts about whether Palin was really the mother of her new son, Trig, or if Palin's daughter was actually the mother.

    Palin and the Alaska bloggers have become, in a way, inseparable. You can't really talk about the roller-coaster ride that Palin's been on over the past 10 months without talking about the local bloggers who have been responsible for so many of the political dips she's suffered since August 29.

    A completely unique (and contentious) relationship formed between the bloggers and Palin, and looking at the liaison from afar, I'm not sure which side was more obsessed with the other. Certainly the bloggers, collectively, have shone a homegrown, 24/7 spotlight on Palin that I doubt any other local politician has ever been subjected to. With their relentless pursuit of the facts and their rooting out of whatever Palin prevarications stood in the way of the truth, Alaskan bloggers, as well as their energized army of readers, have been relentless in fact-checking the governor, calling out her abuses of power, and holding her to the standard of transparency that she herself promised as a statewide candidate in 2006.

    So, yes, Alaska bloggers have been obsessed with Palin. (They've become Palin-tologists?) What's been so unusual is that that fascination has been reflected right back at them by Palin, who seems utterly fixated on the bloggers and driven to distraction by her inability to control them. Not yet sporting the kind of alligator-thick skin that's pretty much required to run for national office, Palin has shown a real propensity to latch onto the online critiques of her and lash out at the bloggers.

    As Time noted last week, "A more experienced, more familiar politician would have been ready for the ramping, but Palin seemed consumed by it. Instead of ignoring hostile bloggers, she combed the Web for their latest postings." And Wonkette recently captured the obsession with the snarky headline "Sarah Palin Will Soon Condemn, Bomb Entire Internet."

    It was fitting, then, that the day after making her resignation announcement, Palin had her attorney issue a strange, over-the-top, four-page letter threatening legal action against any news organizations that picked up on the Palin resignation speculation that had been aired by influential Alaska blogger Shannyn Moore.

    Appearing on MSNBC in the wake of Palin's stunning announcement, as observers tried to make some sense of it, Moore, searching for a possible explanation, pointed out that there had been a "scandal rumor" floating around Alaska for months about a possible corruption investigation centered on Palin. Moore clearly did not validate the claim of the rumor. She simply pointed out that it existed. Palin's legal eagle, though, then claimed Moore had stated the corruption charge as "fact."

    By singling her out for public denunciation, all Palin did was turn the Alaska blogger into a media celebrity and guarantee that she'd be given a larger media platform to discuss the rumor. As the wildly popular Anchorage-based site Mudflats noted with glee:

    Shannyn Moore, the aforementioned blogger has now, courtesy of the Palin numbskullery, appeared on The Thom Hartmann Show, The Ed Schultz Show, The Ron Reagan Show, Alan Colmes, Countdown with Keith Olbermann. She's also been written up on the Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, Crooks and Liars, Brad Blog, Think Progress, Daily Kos, and dozens of others. The Associated Press has picked up the story, and so has KTUU and the Anchorage Daily News. Way to squash that rumor. [emphasis in original]

    In other words, Alaska bloggers have been blessed with a perfect foil: a politician who overreacts to criticism and who often lashes out in hopes of exacting personal revenge, a politician who can't walk away from a fight, but who often doesn't have the facts on her side when she enters the online fray.

    Saradise lost, indeed.
    Imagine if the bloggers had been intimidated into silence...
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    She is one person that should have been a blow job.

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    I believe this is what is known as the iceberg and Palin should change her name to Titanic, cuz bitch is going to jail a la Blago...

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska – An independent investigator has found evidence that Gov. Sarah Palin may have violated ethics laws by trading on her position in seeking money for legal fees, in the latest legal distraction for the former vice presidential candidate as she prepares to leave office this week.
    The report obtained by The Associated Press says Palin is securing unwarranted benefits and receiving improper gifts through the Alaska Fund Trust, set up by supporters.
    An investigator for the state Personnel Board says in his July 14 report that there is probable cause to believe Palin used or attempted to use her official position for personal gain because she authorized the creation of the trust as the "official" legal defense fund.
    The practical effect of the ruling on Palin will be more financial than anything else. The report recommends that Palin refuse to accept payment from the defense fund, and that the complaint be resolved without a formal hearing before the board.
    The fund aims to help Palin pay off debts stemming from multiple ethics complaints against her, most of which have been dismissed. Palin says she owes more than $500,000 in legal fees, and she cited the mounting toll of the ethics probes as one of the reasons she is leaving office.
    The investigator, Thomas Daniel, sided with Palin in her frustration with having to defend herself against a barrage of ethics complaints. He suggested that Alaska lawmakers may need to create a law that reimburses public officials for legal expenses to defend complaints that end up being unfounded.
    Palin posted an entry on Twitter in which she said the "matter is still pending."
    "There is no final report. The Investigator is still confidentially reviewing this matter. It appears suspect that in the final days of the Governor's term, someone would again violate the law and announce a supposed conclusion before it is reached," her spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
    But Daniel said his report was final.
    Palin's friends and supporters created the Alaska Fund Trust in April, limiting donations to $150 per person. Organizers declined to say how much it has raised, and had hoped to raise about $500,000. A Webathon last month brought in about $130,000 in pledges.
    In his report, Daniel said his interpretation of the ethics act is consistent with common sense.
    An ordinary citizen facing legal charges is not likely to be able to generate donations to a legal defense fund, he wrote. "In contrast, Governor Palin is able to generate donations because of the fact that she is a public official and a public figure. Were it not for the fact that she is governor and a national political figure, it is unlikely that many citizens would donate money to her legal defense fund."
    The ethics complaint was filed by Eagle River resident Kim Chatman shortly after the fund was created, alleging Palin was misusing her official position and accepting improper gifts.
    "It's an absolute shame that she would continue to keep the Alaska Fund Trust Web site up and running," Chatman told the AP.
    At least 19 ethics complaints have been filed against Palin, most of them after she was named the running mate for GOP presidential candidate John McCain. Most of those have been dismissed, and Palin's office usually sends a news release with the announcement.
    The multiple ethics complaints include an investigation by state lawmakers over Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner in the so-called Troopergate scandal.
    John Coale, a Washington lawyer who helped set up the fund, called the probable cause finding "crazy," adding that if upheld, it would mean that no governor could ever defend themselves against frivolous ethics complaints.

    "If this complaint is true, there's no way to defend yourself" as governor, Coale said. "Anybody can keep filing ethics complaints and drive someone out of office even if you're a nut."
    Coale said that unlike other states, Alaska's governor has no legal counsel's office to defend the governor from allegations brought against the governor in her official capacity.
    Coale said he recommended creation of the legal defense fund, a common practice in Washington. The Web site for the Palin fund cites similar accounts created for Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and other prominent politicians.
    AP NewsBreak: Palin implicated in ethics probe - Yahoo! News
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    Quote Originally Posted by MontanaMama View Post
    I believe this is what is known as the iceberg and Palin should change her name to Titanic, cuz bitch is going to jail a la Blago...
    Doubtful. The recommendations on corrective action aren't that big, i.e. namely that she reject the funds and withdraw her endorsement of it as her "official" fund.

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    The investigation report suggests that she just get reimbursed for the dismissed ethics complaints, so why did she even need the legal defense fund in the first place?
    Among Daniel's recommendations in the report are that Palin "refuse to accept payment for her legal fees and costs" from the fund and ask the state to reimburse her for legal fees incurred for complaints that are dismissed.
    Report: Palin Defense Fund May Have Violated Ethics Laws - washingtonpost.com
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    Darn it, ya'll got me all excited for a minute with the Iceberg stuff...

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    From the Alaska Report:
    Iceberg hits Palin right between the eyes
    Now the only question is - when will the other ethics complaints prove she's nothing but a dishonest crook?
    That was the same site that made the "IRS/embezzlement" comment last month.

    One Alaskan blogger's thoughts on today's event:
    "AK Fund Trust Iceberg dead ahead!" Can I say "I told you so" now?**UPDATE**

    by: Celtic Diva

    Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 15:49:41 PM AKDT

    I bring you back to July 3rd, when this fantasy story was told about a Governor who was driven out by us evil filers of "frivolous" ethics complaints...of how she was so abused and was drowning under this huge debt (in spite of the reportedly millions she's getting for her book deal).

    Back then, I "puzzled until my puzzler was sore" over what possibly could have motivated Palin to do this. However, it was my husband that came up with the most logical reason as to why Palin would resign with so much time left in her term:
    Hypothetically, what if all of the ethics complaints really ARE over...and several days ago, PALIN WAS TOLD THAT AS GOVERNOR, RECEIVING MONEY FROM THE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND WAS DECLARED UNETHICAL? One of the options to resolve a potential violation in the Executive Branch Ethics Act is to achieve resolution between the investigator and the complainee. What if, the only way to a) keep the money or NOT HAVE TO PAY IT BACK and b) to keep her "perfect record" of "no wrongdoing" was to leave the Governor's office?
    At that time, everyone got involved with the Federal Indictment theory--after all, the Executive Branch Ethics Law is terribly misunderstood thanks to the Palin/Van Flein spin. It's also not very "sexy."

    As it turns out, like Al Capone's tax evasion (also not very sexy), Palin's problems involve money problems as well..
    An investigator for the state Personnel Board says in his July 14 report that there is probable cause to believe Palin used or attempted to use her official position for personal gain because she authorized the creation of the trust as the "official" legal defense fund. The practical effect of the ruling on Palin will be more financial than anything else. The report recommends that Palin refuse to accept payment from the defense fund, and that the complaint be resolved without a formal hearing before the Alaska Personnel Board.
    Palin's response...on Twitter (of course)...was unethical (she lied), as covered by AP:
    Palin posted an entry on Twitter in which she said the "matter is still pending." "There is no final report. The Investigator is still confidentially reviewing this matter. It appears suspect that in the final days of the Governor's term, someone would again violate the law and announce a supposed conclusion before it is reached," her spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

    But Daniel said his report was final.
    HERE is the report.

    So, Governor Palin knew AT LEAST by July 14th that this final decision had been reached by the Personnel Board. (Knowing the process, I strongly suspect that someone tipped her off early...like maybe July 1st or 2nd?) Palin CONTINUED to collect donations through the site, Palin's supporters have continued to promote the site and amazingly enough, THE SITE IS STILL UP AND STILL TAKING DONATIONS!

    She is absolutely disgusting. If this doesn't wake a few people up, I don't know WHAT will!

    And yes...I can't help it...I TOLD YA SO!

    *************************************UPDATE******* ************************

    In response to rampant speculation (brought on by Palin lies/spin):

    1) Once a report is sent out to the complainant, the findings have already been approved by the Personnel Board.

    2) In this case, it looks like they were just waiting for Palin to agree to the remedy so they could close the case and move on, as well as for her to determine whether or not to waive confidentiality.

    3) For Palin to let it to sit there for a week like that is unheard of. It makes one think that perhaps they had no intention of paying the money back nor of informing the folks who gave them the money. Of course, that's speculation...

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    Shoe drops and land on iceberg..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    Doubtful. The recommendations on corrective action aren't that big, i.e. namely that she reject the funds and withdraw her endorsement of it as her "official" fund.
    Ok, I may have gotten a little excited, but I think without a doubt that more information will come out after she leaves about her selling appointments, contracts et. al.

    I also don't see how a board that she appointed makes the final call on the punishment. But, I guess that's politics.
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    Palin is dumb as dirt and so is her lawyer:
    By Brad Friedman on 7/22/2009 2:12PM
    Irony: Palin Used Official State Website for Private Rebuttal to Latest Ethics Complaint
    PLUS: Did Palin attorney defame an ethics complainant in recent statement?

    A brief, two paragraph statement [PDF] by the private attorney of Alaska's very-soon-to-be-former Gov. Sarah Palin was posted on the governor's official public state website on Monday.

    Attributed to "THOMAS VAN FLEIN --- Personal Attorney for Governor Palin", the statement posted to the Governor's officially run state website at Alaska Governor Sarah Palin decries the latest ethics complaint filed against Palin --- alleging the improper disclosure of gifts and the receipt of free services --- as an abuse of the state Ethics Act.

    That the official state website would be used to publicize the private response of Palin on Monday to another ethics charge is somewhat ironical, given Tuesday's leak of a preliminary independent report [PDF] from a state ethics commission investigator finding "probable cause" that Palin's "official" legal defense fund violated the Ethics Act in that it made use of her "official position for personal gain."

    Citing Alaska Statute 39.52.120(a) which states that a "public officer may not use, or attempt to use, an official position for personal gain," the state's independent investigator, Thomas M. Daniel notes that "personal gain" is defined by law as "a benefit to a person's or immediate family member's personal interest or financial interest."

    Does the use of the state's website to publicize Palin's personal attorney's response to an official ethics complaint constitute the use of "an official position for personal gain"? Was the complainant allowed to post her attorney's response to the complaint, or to Palin's personal response to it, on the official Alaska state website? Of course not.

    Perhaps one more ethics complaint needs to be filed in Alaska before Palin quits her job as Governor this weekend.

    We came across Monday's publicly posted private response via a Monday night tweet on Palin's personal Twitter page which linked to it:

    Re more frivolous ethics allegations today; shame good law is being abused for politicking. See http://tinyurl.com/mrtwcv

    7:23 PM Jul 20th from web
    But, as still more irony would have it, Palin and/or her attorney may have also committed a legally actionable act of defamation in their response to the leak of yesterday's confidential "probable cause" finding....

    In attorney Van Flein's statement responding to the leak of the report, as posted on Palin's Facebook page yesterday, he may have defamed the complainant, Alaska resident Kim Chatman by declaring, as fact, some action of hers to have been "illegal".

    "All options are open in terms of legal remedies," Van Flein threatened, in response to his apparent belief, as ABC News characterized it, that Chatman is the one who leaked the confidential preliminary report. "It is a clear violation of Alaska law that Mr. Daniel explicitly reviewed with Ms. Chatman prior to her illegal actions. We will be contacting the appropriate authorities for review and action."

    It's unclear whether Van Flein was asserting that the alleged "illegal action" of Chatman was the leak of the preliminary report, as ABC implies, and, if so, what his evidence is for that. None is given. But he has very clearly stated, as a fact, that Chatman committed "illegal actions".

    That is, of course, what Palin, via Van Flein, had inaccurately alleged about Alaska blogger and radio host Shannyn Moore, after she discussed rumors of a coming "iceberg scandal" that might sink the U.S.S. Palin --- as we reported here at the time --- shortly after Palin announced she would be aborting her term as Governor to, apparently, become a celebrity community organizer.

    Trouble is, neither Moore, nor anybody else to our knowledge, ever stated that the rumored "iceberg" investigation --- believed to be into whether or not Palin misappropriated funds and/or materials and/or labor from the construction of the Wasilla Sports Complex for use in the construction of her Wasilla home on Lake Lucille, which was built during approximately the same period, as detailed last year by the Village Voice --- was a "fact" (other than the general assertion that it was a fact that local Alaskans had been buzzing about those rumors for several weeks leading up to Palin's surprise resignation announcement.)

    As Van Flein, who at the time described media reports of those allegations as "actionable", wrote in his July 4th legal threat letter [PDF] in response:
    To the extent several websites, most notably liberal Alaska blogger Shannyn Moore, are now claiming as "fact" that Governor Palin resigned because she is "under federal investigation" for embezzlement or other criminal wrongdoing, we will be exploring legal options this week to address such defamation. This is to provide notice to Ms. Moore, and those who re-publish the defamation, such as Huffington Post, MSNBC, the New York Times and The Washington Post, that the Palins will not allow them to propagate defamatory material without answering to this in a court of law.
    So while neither Moore, nor any other media that we're aware of, "claim[ed] as 'fact'" that Palin was "under federal investigation", Van Flein, on behalf of Palin, has now stated that a legal complainant, Kim Chatman, committed "illegal actions".

    Despite their widely reported threats and attempts at intimidation, as Moore and other local bloggers described it at the time, no lawsuits for "defamation" have yet to be filed by the Palin team to date. But it certainly seems that Chatman --- if, in fact, she did not leak the report, nor break any other laws --- might well have a very good case of "defamation" to file against Palin at this point.
    The BRAD BLOG : Irony: Palin Used Official State Website for Private Rebuttal to Latest Ethics Complaint

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    A little more:
    Alaska Fund Trust - Who Knew?

    22 07 2009
    Well, the dust-storm kicked up yesterday by the leaking of the investigator’s findings regarding the Alaska Fund Trust is still raging. Presumably taken off-guard, the Palin administration and the Alaska Fund Trust have been scrambling.

    A three-page, single-spaced, 10 pt. type press release just came from Kristan Cole, the Trustee of the Alaska Fund Trust. This is serious stuff.
    The usual Palin melodrama is present in the first sentence of the release, citing “the unusual letter that was leaked yesterday, the contents of which are unprecedented in the history of our country.” This unusual letter is an investigator’s report regarding an ethics complaint filed by Alaska resident Kim Chatman. In the complaint, Chatman asks whether the Alaska Fund Trust is, in itself, legal.

    Now, here’s where it gets interesting. Did the governor’s supporters create the fund independent of any actions on the part of the governor? Was she involved in this, or was it simply a bunch of friends getting together and creating it as a surprise. Was it sanctioned or not? That’s actually a pretty important piece to this complicated puzzle. In the report from investigating attorney Tom Daniel, he stated:
    If third parties created the legal defense fund completely on their own, free from any direction, influence, or guidance from the governor, it would not seem that the governor “used her position” in violation of the statute.
    In Cole’s press release today she states quite clearly:
    I want to be clear on a point that has been misrepresented: The Governor is not and was not involved with the Trust. The Governor has never worked on or with the Trust. The Governor has not even accepted or requested one penny from the Trust or quite frankly anything of me. And I have never expected anything from her. Really, it’s quite the contrary; as I, and many other caring folks across the country have only sought to help with this legal burden.

    The first and only time I have spoken with the Governor about the Trust was yesterday
    to alert her that I was responding to this violation of the law and leak of preliminary and confidential materials from the complaint.
    So, according to Kristan Cole, the Governor’s long-time friend, she has never spoken to the Governor about the Alaska Fund Trust until yesterday. It was thought up, researched, created, launched, and was actively soliciting donations for Sarah Palin and she had never discussed it with her. And since the governor knew nothing about it, nobody can say that she “used her position” in violation of the statute. Remember that for later.

    It becomes necessary here to take a little trip in the Mudflats time machine. Climb aboard and let’s set the dial back to March of this year. At that time, there was much talk and speculation about Sarah Palin’s then up-and-coming legal defense fund. It was quite a story for a few days, with some interesting twists and turns. The governor had been complaining profusely about the legal bills that were piling up from her personal attorney. Here’s what she had to say then:
    Obviously we cannot afford to personally pay these bills — and really no future governor should feel the sense of financial vulnerability at the hands of those with a political vendetta bent on personal destruction,” Palin wrote. “Some have suggested a legal fund to pay these bills. We’ll have to pursue that.”
    We. We will have to pursue a legal fund. Hm.

    Now, think back if you will to April 7, when a certain Texas businessman and owner of a U-Haul dealership named Clayton Paslay decided to set up a legal defense fund for the governor. He was all excited to help out. He thought Sarah Palin was swell. He got the idea from Bill O’Reilly, who said he’d be the first one to donate to it. So, according to Clayton Paslay, he called Thomas Van Flein and talked to him about it first. After getting the thumbs up, he went for it.
    According to the organizer,the defense money raised will go directly to Thomas Van Flein, Governor Palin’s private attorney.

    Clayton Paslay, a businessman who splits his time between Texas and Southern California, set up the fund.

    [snip]

    Clayton tells me that he has never met the Governor, but set up the fund because he wants her “to get a fair shake.”

    [snip]

    Mr. Paslay says he filed all the federal election legal papers for the special fund and spoke with Governor Palin’s attorney. I called Mr. Van Flein’s office and they confirmed that the fund is legitimate.
    It took less than 24 hours for the Palin camp to come out with a statement completely disavowing this rogue fund, stating that nobody should be donating to it. This from the Anchorage Daily News Politics Blog:
    There’s buzz today about a new legal fund created for Gov. Sarah Palin. But the family spokeswoman says it’s not sanctioned by Palin. “It’s not official. Neither the governor nor her attorney can accept monies from a group like this. There is one that is in the process of being established,” said Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton.
    So, basically, nobody had any idea who the heck this Texas U-Haul dealer guy was, and they certainly didn’t want him collecting money for the governor, even though he stated that he spoke to Palin’s lawyer Thomas Van Flein, the presumed recipient of all this money, and it was all just fine with him.

    Their concern about people donating? It wasn’t sanctioned by Palin. It wasn’t “official.” Hm.

    The governor’s spokeswoman Meg Stapleton then released the following statement on the SarahPAC website:
    “At this time, we ask you to please hold your much appreciated donation and keep checking back here for the link to the Alaska Fund Trust, the official legal defense fund that will be announced shortly to help the family and state colleagues pay off legal debts incurred by politically-motivated attacks.”
    And who exactly is behind SarahPAC? On their site we find this:
    Gov. Palin is the honorary chair of SarahPac, and its supporters are Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and those unaffiliated with any political party.
    We. We ask you to wait and donate to the official defense fund.

    And lo and behold, the official defense fund arrived - The Alaska Fund Trust. And who was the trustee? Kristan Cole - Palin’s Wasilla High School buddy, long-time friend, appointed by Palin as Chair of the Board of Agriculture, appointed to the board of the Royalty Oil and Gas Commission, a member of the Creamery Board, a private company owned by the state of Alaska. Remember her? She’s the one who never talked to the governor about anything to do with the Alaska Fund Trust until yesterday. Hm.

    Cole states that she “did not seek out this position,” but was “willing to step up to the plate and served when asked.”

    Asked by whom? And with whose knowledge?
    The Mudflats » Alaska Fund Trust - Who Knew?

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    I can't help but laugh that she got *potentially* fucked over because of the clams:
    An ethics investigator's report leaked to the press says that Sarah Palin has been "securing unwarranted benefits and receiving improper gifts" through the legal defense fund set up for her by John Coale, the Scientologist husband of Greta Van Susteren. Reports the Anchorage Daily News:
    An investigator for the state Personnel Board says in his July 14 report that there is probable cause to believe Palin used or attempted to use her official position for personal gain because she authorized the creation of the trust as the "official" legal defense fund.
    In his report, (Thomas) Daniel said his interpretation of the ethics act is consistent with common sense.
    An ordinary citizen facing legal charges is not likely to be able to generate donations to a legal defense fund, he wrote. "In contrast, Governor Palin is able to generate donations because of the fact that she is a public official and a public figure. Were it not for the fact that she is governor and a national political figure, it is unlikely that many citizens would donate money to her legal defense fund."
    Palin's crackpot mouthpiece Meg Stapleton issued the following statement in regards to the matter, claiming that the whole thing still isn't resolved:
    There is no final report. The Investigator is still confidentially reviewing this matter. It appears suspect that in the final days of the Governor's term, someone would again violate the law and announce a supposed conclusion before it is reached.
    And, naturally, Palin took to her Twitter page to say basically the same thing:





    However, Thomas Daniel claims that his report is final and that the case is closed and that Palin is guilty of violating Alaskan ethics laws, so somebody's full of shit and we'll give you one guess as to who we think that person is.
    Ethics Investigator Rules Against Palin [Anchorage Daily News]
    Scientologist's Legal Advice Burns Sarah Palin - sarah palin - Gawker




    OH SNAP!!!


    *I don't know if the whole article copy and pasted properly, so the link is at the bottom.

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    Another item noticed from the leaked report:
    Thursday Morning Comment: Footnote

    July 22, 2009: It was a footnote, but it lept off the page as big as the findings in bold type.

    One of the most interesting tidbits tucked into a finding of probable cause that Governor Sarah Palin's legal defense fund violated state ethics laws, was the footnote at the bottom of page 8.

    The report written by independent investigator Tom Daniels, found that because there wasn't an exception in the state's ethics codes for legal defense funds, as it stood, there was probable cause to believe the creation of the fund violated the provision against a governor using their office to enrich their position, in this case by paying off Palin's personal legal bills.

    The finding of probable cause means the case can be moved to the next phase of the investigation, which includes greater information gathering. Both the governor and her attorney, Thomas Van Flein, have said they plan to follow the process to the end.

    But again the footnote on page 8.
    "I would note here that the state hired outside counsel to represent Governor Palin in her official capacity with respect to the Legislative Council investigation concerning the firing of Public Safety Commissioner Monegan. The governor's counsel later advised he was terminating the contract because of his efforts relating to the claims against the governor alleging personal misconduct. The attorney general advised that it expected to be billed for representation of the governor in her official capacity, but the attorney general has not received a billing from the governor's private attorney."
    The governor's private attorney hadn't sent in a bill to be reimbursed by the state, for work he did ten months ago?

    But yet these folks are begging cash off fixed income seniors in Iowa through their legal defense fund?

    It sounds like Van Flein doesn't need more billable hours, sounds like he needs a billing clerk.
    And just a few questions; is the amount that the state has already agreed to reimburse Van Flein part of the $500k in fees his clients owe him? And how much of his $500k in bills includes the first dude's share?

    Lets face it with Todd Palin grousing about his former brother in law to everyone who would give him three minutes; his impact on Troopergate legal fees must have been staggering. Think about it; no Todd Palin would mean no depositions from Bitney, Tibbles, Monegan, Glass, Bailey, Frye, and four thousand other state employees who had to endure Todd Palin's obsession with State Trooper Mike Wooten.

    Seems to me it would be nice for to see an itemized bill but then again if public money isn't paying a dime, it's a personal expense.
    Maybe that's why Van Flein hasn't invoiced the state.
    That can't be because...we were told this was not politics as usual. And this is definitely not politics as usual...no way....uh huh.
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    DUDE. Can someone kindly summarize the 478907327980 ethics complaints which are potentially The Iceberg?

    I'm so confused.

    There's Housegate, something about improperly accepting gifts, the potential illegal legal fund, something about abusing state trips, something about federal fundraising while being paid by Alaska..... I can't keep up.

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