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Palin implicated in ethics probe
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AP NewsBreak: Palin implicated in ethics probe

ANCHORAGE, Alaska An independent investigator has found evidence that Gov. Sarah Palin may have violated ethics laws by accepting private donations to pay her legal debts.

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 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.

A call seeking comment from her lawyer was not immediately returned.

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  -Palin implicated in ethics probe jefferson_dem  Jul-21-09 03:32 PM   #0 
  - No one told me today was Groundhog Day! n/t  SharonRB   Jul-21-09 03:33 PM   #1 
  - "We do it different up here."  livetohike   Jul-21-09 03:38 PM   #2 
  - "We don't care how they do it in the lower 48,  IDFbunny   Jul-21-09 07:57 PM   #67 
  - It's very ironic.  Steerpike   Jul-22-09 07:18 AM   #79 
  - Has it been warmer than normal in Alaska?  Thor_MN   Jul-21-09 11:04 PM   #76 
  - It had been warmer for a couple of weeks.  Steerpike   Jul-22-09 07:14 AM   #78 
  - She's just progressing her bank account!  tavalon   Jul-22-09 04:47 AM   #77 
  - She was just saving the taxpayers money!  sfwriter   Jul-21-09 03:42 PM   #3 
  - yeah- saving it in her off shore checking account.  stlsaxman   Jul-22-09 10:21 AM   #88 
  - I am not sure I understand why asking people to help you pay for your legal fees is wrong  No Elephants   Jul-21-09 03:43 PM   #4 
  - Scooter wasn't elected and he didn't have a state budget for ethics complaints.  xultar   Jul-21-09 03:46 PM   #7 
  - I don't think either of those answers the questions why it is wrong for her  No Elephants   Jul-21-09 04:35 PM   #23 
     - They have laws  Rosa Luxemburg   Jul-21-09 05:14 PM   #33 
     - An elected official can only accept money for campaign expenses,  Bette Noir   Jul-21-09 05:49 PM   #42 
     - Ensign's Parents are generous  PainPerdu   Jul-21-09 08:39 PM   #70 
  - Scooter Libby....  DeSwiss   Jul-21-09 03:51 PM   #11 
  - In any event, choosing her own counsel was legal. So, why can't people help her pay for her fees,  No Elephants   Jul-21-09 04:31 PM   #22 
  - Oh and I agree.  DeSwiss   Jul-21-09 05:54 PM   #44 
  - This is the reason it should be illegal  LiberalLovinLug   Jul-21-09 09:33 PM   #75 
  - Because if she wasn't resigning, then the people paying in would be  BR_Parkway   Jul-22-09 10:11 AM   #87 
     - the reason it may be illegal  Steerpike   Jul-22-09 10:26 AM   #89 
  - Dude, you just wrote the REAL story here  Taverner   Jul-21-09 05:21 PM   #37 
     - What's so bad about it though....  DeSwiss   Jul-21-09 06:55 PM   #58 
  - I don't understand why she needed it, since the state was paying to defend her. nt  pnwmom   Jul-21-09 05:14 PM   #34 
  - I don't understand either  Raspberry   Jul-21-09 06:13 PM   #48 
  - Palin is an idiot. Bill Clinton was a Rhodes scholar. Typical comparison.  rhett o rick   Aug-10-09 08:05 PM   #91 
  - It's not a matter of whether or not you understand it or even think it wrong or Ok-  jhrobbins   Jul-21-09 08:22 PM   #69 
  - Good Question  Steerpike   Jul-22-09 07:24 AM   #80 
  - is this the other shoe???  Soylent Brice   Jul-21-09 03:45 PM   #5 
  - My guess is that there is a whole Mrs Marcos closet full of "other shoes"  tularetom   Jul-21-09 04:07 PM   #16 
  - I agree.  Andy823   Jul-21-09 04:55 PM   #28 
  - The upstairs neighbor is a millipede. n/t  PSzymeczek   Jul-21-09 07:28 PM   #62 
  - I hope it's a big boot!!!  hamsterjill   Jul-21-09 04:13 PM   #19 
  - I'm shocked!  Twinguard   Jul-21-09 03:46 PM   #6 
  - How can she occur personal debts if the state has a budget for this stuff?  xultar   Jul-21-09 03:49 PM   #8 
  - Why would having a state budget for something mean that she cannot pay herself, if she chooses?  No Elephants   Jul-21-09 04:45 PM   #24 
  - Campaign finance laws. Anti corruption laws.  Bette Noir   Jul-21-09 05:53 PM   #43 
  - Hard to believe you don't understand graft and bribery.  tabasco   Jul-21-09 05:59 PM   #47 
  - The state does not cover her legal fees.  Steerpike   Jul-22-09 07:31 AM   #81 
  - Well, strike me purple and call me Wilberforce! Who EVER would-a thunk it?!? n/t  TygrBright   Jul-21-09 03:50 PM   #9 
  - "Again" or "still" Just askin'  sutz12   Jul-21-09 03:51 PM   #10 
  - Well  plcdude   Jul-21-09 04:01 PM   #12 
  - So she violated ethics law by asking for money to fight ethics violations?  dixiegrrrrl   Jul-21-09 04:03 PM   #13 
  - It's just the Gotcha Personnel Board playin politics agin...  luvspeas   Jul-21-09 04:06 PM   #14 
  - OMG. Did the sun also rise in the east this morining????  Bleacher Creature   Jul-21-09 04:06 PM   #15 
  - Phoenix Rising  PainPerdu   Jul-21-09 08:44 PM   #72 
  - I'm stunned. Just stunned.  TheCowsCameHome   Jul-21-09 04:12 PM   #17 
  - This is Latest and Breaking, but it is hardly News  mitchum   Jul-21-09 04:12 PM   #18 
  - I can see jail from my front yard  DainBramaged   Jul-21-09 04:22 PM   #20 
  - Good Day!  Steerpike   Jul-22-09 07:51 AM   #83 
  - But she said that the money for the lawyers was coming from the taxpayers ...  Botany   Jul-21-09 04:27 PM   #21 
  - Charging her with violations and investigating costs money; and the  No Elephants   Jul-21-09 04:49 PM   #27 
  - The money  Steerpike   Jul-22-09 07:45 AM   #82 
  - It's Jesus Plus Nothing for this broad. SHE obviously makes the rules, not the legislature. nt  valerief   Jul-21-09 04:46 PM   #25 
  - Can't wait to see how this all plays out. Is jail in Palins future?  earth mom   Jul-21-09 04:47 PM   #26 
  - Jailin Palin?  Crowman1979   Jul-21-09 07:14 PM   #60 
  - Jailin' n' Nailin' Palin  PainPerdu   Jul-21-09 08:49 PM   #74 
  - When she announced her resignation, the speculation was that there were mulitple  peacetalksforall   Jul-21-09 08:43 PM   #71 
  - No wonder Palin is resigning  meow2u3   Jul-21-09 04:59 PM   #29 
  - She's the gift that keeps on giving:)................. nt  Joey Liberal   Jul-21-09 05:05 PM   #30 
  - Fairly sure she quit because of something big  PatrynXX   Jul-21-09 05:09 PM   #31 
  - I think that there is more and this is just the tip of the iceberg  Rosa Luxemburg   Jul-21-09 05:15 PM   #35 
  - Get that mojo workin',girl..  PainPerdu   Jul-21-09 08:46 PM   #73 
  - Spin is as spin does.  Steerpike   Jul-22-09 08:04 AM   #84 
  - What a trainwreck that bitch is.  truthisfreedom   Jul-21-09 05:10 PM   #32 
  - Palin implicated in ethics probe  wryter2000   Jul-21-09 05:20 PM   #36 
  - Didn't she basically call Obama a terrorist while  Kingofalldems   Jul-21-09 05:21 PM   #38 
  - well  Steerpike   Jul-22-09 08:47 AM   #85 
     - hmmmmmm....  Steerpike   Jul-22-09 09:14 AM   #86 
  - A Republican scandal that doesn't involve sex?  aint_no_life_nowhere   Jul-21-09 05:22 PM   #39 
  - Palin is dirty, Palin is guilty, let's watch the Republican blow up doll go to jail  Optical.Catalyst   Jul-21-09 05:34 PM   #40 
  - I knew it. When she announced her resignation,  Bette Noir   Jul-21-09 05:45 PM   #41 
  - K&R n/t  Corey_Baker08   Jul-21-09 05:55 PM   #45 
  - It's Unethical Because She'd Be Indebted To Those Private Interests  Yavin4   Jul-21-09 05:59 PM   #46 
  - No great surprise.  Vidar   Jul-21-09 06:16 PM   #49 
  - Here is the complaint in PDF  tabatha   Jul-21-09 06:21 PM   #50 
  - What's that smiley I'm looking for.... OH YEAH  berni_mccoy   Jul-21-09 06:23 PM   #51 
  - This is referred to as the other shoe.  The Backlash Cometh   Jul-21-09 06:24 PM   #52 
  - No, no, no, no, NO!  SalmonChantedEvening   Jul-21-09 06:24 PM   #53 
  - You don't say? Wow, well that is out of left-field. Oh wait, you mean Palin?  AllyCat   Jul-21-09 06:25 PM   #54 
  - She's a Republican  MissDeeds   Jul-21-09 06:37 PM   #55 
  - Hey Sarah, there's still time to file a complain against yourself  davidpdx   Jul-21-09 06:40 PM   #56 
  - Many Repubs probably won't see any problem with this -- business as usual..  DCBob   Jul-21-09 06:43 PM   #57 
  - Wait! Do I hear something?  waiting for hope   Jul-21-09 06:59 PM   #59 
  - I think the breach of ethics is because of the way the fund was set up...  Spazito   Jul-21-09 07:25 PM   #61 
  - LOL!  Gman   Jul-21-09 07:35 PM   #63 
  - Repost!  Dappleganger   Jul-21-09 07:36 PM   #64 
  - *YAWN*  ProudToBeBlueInRhody   Jul-21-09 07:40 PM   #65 
  - This is why she stepped down  fascisthunter   Jul-21-09 07:42 PM   #66 
  - She has ethics?  superconnected   Jul-21-09 08:16 PM   #68 
  - Stop picking on this poor Good Christian Woman.  sellitman   Jul-22-09 03:17 PM   #90 

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