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“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,” Van Flein said in a statement. “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.”
Kind of like the rightwing patriots who love America so much that they want to see more terrorist attacks that slaughter mass numbers of Americans, Palin apparently loves the first amendment so much that she’s ready to attempt to rip it to shreds when people say things she thinks they should not say.
I don’t know if the allegation came from Moore, but I did read that some in Alaska are saying that Palin, as Mayor of Wasilla, accepted bribes from the company that built an ill fated sports complex in the town in the form of free materials and labor on her family home. Some people claimed that the home, from where Palin made her resignation announcement yesterday, bears a striking resemblance to at least some features of the sports complex.
It seems that Palin and her attorney are a little sensitive on the issue of Moore’s allegations. I wonder if this is the post Van Flein is referring to:
Palin Ethics Complaint Filed…”Where’s Sarah?”
Posted by: shannynmoore | April 22, 2009
THIS PRESS RELEASE JUST IN:
“An ethics complaint against Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be filed this afternoon asserting that Palin’s involvement with SarahPAC constitutes “outside employment” and “misuse of official position.” Anchorage resident Sondra Tompkins, child disability advocate and mother of a special needs child, is filing the complaint after observing Governor Palin repeatedly display “a pattern of unethical behavior.” Sondra believes that the tipping point for her was Sarah Palin’s most recent abdication of her role as Governor and apparent conflict-of-interest when she spoke at two outside events in Indiana rather than work with the Alaska Legislature during the most critical time, the end of the session.
The complaint alleges:
a) Governor Palin has entered into a contract outside of her official duties with the donors, employees, partners and any or all other participants involved in Sarah PAC.
b) The recent partisan trip to Indiana by the Governor was purely to benefit personal interests, had no benefit for the State of Alaska and was in direct conflict with her official duties.
c) The Governor left the State to participate in these events during the most critical end-of-session Legislative activities, at a time where the legislators themselves are not permitted to leave.
************NOW we know why Sarah was giving an Atlas summation of Alaska while on her Indiana trip. She will call it her “tourism inducement act.” For all the Alaska facts, she sounded like a Alaska Visitor’s Bureau commercial played in local hotels. Now I know why…so she could call it work. I’m sure the thought of “80 active volcanoes” will bring people in droves.
Today should be interesting…
Or perhaps it was this post:
Sarah Palin: The Gift That Keeps On Taking.
Posted by: shannynmoore | December 7, 2008
Details of expenditures to make an Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, presentable to the people of America trickle out like rain off a roof. But rain off a roof this time of year in Alaska makes for some remarkable icicles. Each drop of information layers on the last, and the label of “Governor Grifter” seems appropriate. John McCain’s choice seems to have earned him at best a “Senator Sucker” nametag.icicles_large1
The New York Times is reporting $165,000 was paid to the stylists who traveled with the campaign and created the glamour girl few of us recognized. “Wardrobegate” initially reported $150,000 of RNC donations was spent on clothing for Sarah Palin. That figure has now been upgraded to $173,000. Stores that only exist in catalogs in Alaska had her full attention; Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Kate Spade, Brooks Brothers, Escape Skin Care & Day Spa, and now…Victoria’s Secret-shhhhh, don’t tell.
I’ve wondered about the reactions of the individual contributors to the RNC.
An ordinary citizen, concerned about gays getting married, or the right to buy cop killer bullets, sent in $100 from his minimum wage job of changing tires. “Joe the Tire Changer” bought fresh panties for the Vice-Presidential nominee? I’m sure he’s comforted thinking he got that close to the pretty Palin…but his wife might not feel that way. Her panties come in the multi pack, three colors from Wal-Mart.
A part time worker, full time Red-Stater, a woman who uses L’Oreal “because she’s worth it,” and believes that Miss Clairol box color 519 is her God given natural hair color. She pulled $100 out of her “in case I get sick” coffee can fund and sent it to the RNC when her church secretary sent her that email about Barack Hussein Obama being a Godless Muslim. I guess she made a dent in Sarah Palin’s $68,000 make-up bill, $42,615 hair-do bill, and $54,900 stylist bill. Maybe Sarah could explain to Ms. Red-Stater what a stylist is.
The Grifter List goes back a ways:
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; including November 22, 2007-Thanksgiving Day. The expense report explained it as the Great Alaska Shootout. That’s the annual NCAA college basketball tournament held in Anchorage. Total per diem $16,941.
The governor’s daughters’ and husband’s travel charges: $43,490. One event in New York City, October 2007, when Bristol accompanied the governor to Newsweek’s third annual Women and Leadership Conference, toured the New York Stock Exchange. Alaska paid for three nights in a $707-a-day hotel room.
Palin, before her nomination, accepted gifts valued at $25,367 from industry executives, municipalities and a cultural center whose board includes officials from some of the largest mining interests in the state. Some of the “gifts” included a $2,200 ivory puffin mask, a woven grass fan worth $300 and a $150 ivory necklace. This may explain her pro Pebble Mine stance.
Alaska Grifter Total: $85,798
VP Grifter Total: $330,000
Total Grifter Total: $415,798
Count on the Palinistas to line up and defend the grifting. The per diem abuse has been dismissed by her staff with comparisons to former Governor Frank Murkowski. That’s like comparing a bad bartender to Jim Jones’ Guyana Kool-Aid Stand and drinking up.
Palin Spokes-model Meg Stapleton recently responded to the New York Times inquiries with, “The decisions reflected in this disclosure are financially poor decisions made by campaign staffers hired by the campaign and not the governor…(Governor Palin) is absolutely appalled at the news and the amount of money reportedly spent on the vice-presidential campaign.”
I wonder if Joe the Tire Changer and Ms. Red Stater would like their money back.
It is never Sarah Palin’s bad judgment or poor decisions that get her press. It’s always the fault of someone else.
And so the drips continue…and a stalactite status icicle hangs in front of Alaskans. Sarah Palin is the “gift” that keeps on taking.
Update: Think Progress has a Bradblog story about the alleged corruption and mentions a Max Blumenthal piece in The Daily Beast about the corruption charge and also links to a Politico piece on the threat of legal action.