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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:43 PM
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Gov. Palin's Aides Charged with New Ethics Violations

Geoffrey Dunn

Posted January 24, 2009 | 09:40 PM (EST)

Palin Agonistes: Governor's Aides Charged with New Ethics Violations


Just as Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is pushing an energy plan that fronts her as presidential material for 2012, two of her top aides-- Communications Director and Press Secretary, Bill McAllister, and Palin's Anchorage office director, Kris Perry--are being hit with new ethics charges, to be filed with the state Attorney General on Monday.

Well-known Alaskan political watchdog Andree McLeod--a registered Republican who was once a close political associate of Palin's and who has worked at a variety of jobs in Alaskan government--said that she is filing the complaint because "employees working for Palin conducted partisan political activities while on the clock and on the public's dime."

In August of last year, before Palin was nominated as John McCain's GOP running mate, McLeod filed ethics charges against the Palin administration over the hiring of Palin political crony Tom Lamal. She also has a legal case pending against Palin in which she is trying to make public more than 1,000 state emails that were copied to the governor's husband, Todd. In October, an Anchorage judge ordered Palin and others in her office to "retrieve and preserve" any emails from private accounts that concern state business that were copied to the so-called "First Dude."

In her current complaint against McAllister, McLeod sites a series of activities that she contends violate Alaska's "Executive Branch Code of Ethics," which prohibits public officials from using or authorizing "the use of state funds, facilities, equipment, services, or another government asset or resource for partisan political purposes."

"These campaign activities have absolutely nothing to do with the public's business, and everything to do with promoting Palin's personal endeavors and political aspirations," McLeod declared in an exclusive interview. "This must not go unchallenged."

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/geoffrey-dunn/palin-agoni...
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Veritas_et_Aequitas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:54 PM
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1. GO AWAY, PALIN!
Just GO!
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Somawas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:09 PM
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2. No! She must stay!
She is the perfect Republican standard bearer for 2012.
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rainbow4321 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:28 PM
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3. She also hired a former oil lobbyist as her legislature director
A ConocoPhillips lobbyist. Right before she ordered a state hiring freeze.

http://community.adn.com/adn/node/137103


Gov. Sarah Palin has hired former ConocoPhillips lobbyist Jerry Gallagher to be her legislative director. He'll be her liaison to state legislators and have a hand in the governor's bills.

She also brought on Mark Myers, a former state oil and gas division director who went on to head the U.S. Geological Survey. He'll be coordinator for the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act and is supposed to expedite state review and permitting for the proposed gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

The hires came shortly before the governor announced a state hiring freeze.


(snip)

Gallagher last lobbied in 2007 and is retired from ConocoPhillips.


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druidity33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:27 PM
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4. more to come, i'm sure... K&R, nt.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:13 AM
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5. Mooseolini is going down.
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