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Palin Attorney Warns (DNC Run) Media

A press release from the lawyer representing Governor Sarah Palin (a pdf file):


July 4, 2009

On July 3rd, 2009, Governor Sarah Palin announced her intent to resign her gubernatorial duties and transfer the powers of Governor to Lt. Governor Sean Parnell.

Almost immediately afterwards, several unscrupulous people have asserted false and defamatory allegations that the “real” reasons for Governor Palin’s resignation stem from an alleged criminal investigation pertaining to the construction of the Wasilla Sports Complex. This canard was first floated by Democrat operatives in September 2008 during the national campaign and followed up by sympathetic Democratic writers.1 It was easily rebutted then as one of many fabrications about Sarah Palin. Just as power abhors a vacuum, modern journalism apparently abhors any type of due diligence and fact checking before scurrilous allegations are repeated as fact.

The history of the Wasilla Sports Complex is publicly known. Contrary to the insinuation that as Mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin “personally” oversaw bidding, construction, funding and accounting for the project (and thus, the allegation goes, “embezzled” from the project), the truth is far more mundane, and publicly available:

Curtis D. Menard was instrumental in spearheading the effort from conception to realization of the Wasilla Sports Complex. He directed the steering committee that was responsible for placing the issue before the voters of Wasilla and subsequently passed. He remained chairman of that committee through the design and construction of the facility. He was an ardent supporter and leader of civic, educational and athletic endeavors within the community as well as an advocate of the continued success of the Sports Center.


Thus, as any basic fact checker would learn, the Mayor of Wasilla is not listed as “chair” of the Steering Committee. As Mayor, Governor Palin did appoint the committee, another fact readily verifiable, and she was publicly on record supporting the need for such a facility—as was most of Wasilla. “Wasilla weighs sports facility” published December 6, 2001 and available at http://www.adn.com/sarah­palin/background/story/517370.html.

While her public support of this project was deemed pivotal by many, the actual construction, bidding, financing and other day-to-day management of the project was not in her scope of authority as Mayor.

In addition, Sarah Palin was then criticized by some of not showing enough interest in the project. The Frontiersman reported that at a public meeting with the Chamber of Commerce, an opponent of the project “accused Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin of staying quiet about the arena because of her campaign for Lieutenant Governor.” “Sports Arena Campaign gets Rolling” http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2002/02/21/news6.txt (February 22, 2002).

Further, this was a highly public project, approved by the voters, and subject to public bid requirements. As described by the City of Wasilla itself:

The city uses competitive means for the purchase of all goods and services as required by Wasilla Municipal Code 5.08. The city also utilizes contracts and price agreements established by the State of Alaska, the Western States Contracting Alliance and other cooperatives or agencies when it is deemed to be in the best interest of the City. The city believes in open, fair competition and strives to ensure that all vendors have equal opportunity to compete for city business.

The City of Wasilla operates under a decentralized purchasing system. This means purchasing decision up to $5,000 is made independently by the departments in the city (with the exception of Management Information System purchases). When the estimated amount for goods or services is between $5,000 and $9,999, departments are required to obtain three quotes prior to purchase. The departments may utilize the services of the Purchasing/Contracting Officer (PCO) for this process or may do it themselves; however, when this processed is selected, the PCO must sign off on the final product prior to purchasing or contracting.

For purchases beyond $10,000, the city requires all departments to contact the PCO who will utilize the city’s bid process according to Wasilla Municipal Code 5.08. The bid process is initiated through either an Invitation to Bid (ITB), utilized when the city knows the specifications for the purchase; or a Request for Proposal (RFP), utilized when the exact specifications or process is unknown.


Accordingly, the Sports Complex was publicly bid, in accordance with City and state law, and was accounted for in the time and manner all public projects are handled. The Mayor of Wasilla, be it Sarah Palin, or her successor, did not handle the funds, or the materials, for this project. To thus suggest she “embezzled” is as false as it is impossible.

The additional claim of “proof” of wrongdoing is the allegation that the Palins purchased building materials from Spenard Builders Supply — and that this company may have provided supplies for the Sports Complex. Prior to the construction of Lowe’s and Home Depot within the last few years in Wasilla, Spenard Builders Supply was the primary building supply company in Wasilla. It can hardly come as a surprise that it would sell materials to small homeowners or that it would also bid to supply commercial contracts. One would be hard pressed to find a home, cabin or outbuilding in the Mat-Su Valley in which Spenard Builders Supply did not sell at least some of the materials.

The Palins built their Lake Lucille house using Todd as the general contractor. Todd’s family owns a hardware and building supply business in Dillingham. He is no stranger to construction, or to rolling up his sleeves and doing work. The Palins used a combination of personal savings, equity from the sale of their prior home, and conventional bank financing to build the house — like millions of American families. The deeds of trust are recordable public records. Basic journalism and fact checking would confirm this.

The Sports Complex was built in 2002. It is now 2009. While the Federal Government has a process to follow, and that process sometimes takes time, we can categorically state that we are not aware of any “federal investigation” that has been “pending” for the last seven years. We are aware of no subpoenas on SBS regarding the Palins. We are aware that the Federal Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation have been helpful, responsive and diligent in prosecuting the email hacker and in cleaning up Alaska’s corrupt legislators. To be blunt —this “story” was alleged during the campaign, evaluated then by national media and deemed meritless. Nothing has changed.

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.

The Alaska Constitution protects the right of free speech, while simultaneously holding those “responsible for the abuse of that right.” Alaska Constitution Art. I, Sec. 5. http://ltgov.state.ak.us/constitution.php?section=1.

These falsehoods abuse the right to free speech; continuing to publish these falsehoods of criminal activity is reckless, done without any regard for the truth, and is actionable.

Thomas Van Flein, for

Governor Sarah Palin


1 Wayne Barrett, a writer for the left wing Village Voice, published these insinuations, on October 7, 2008 in a story entitled “The Book of Sarah” available at http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-10-08/news/the-book-of-sarah. This was written in the style of one pretending to be amazed that so many people in a small town like Wasilla appear to know one another, support one another, and take on big projects together. Apparently that is uncommon in New York. Rather than recognize that leaders of a community often mobilize to accomplish projects, the writer offered this up as an unusual and questionable association of special interests.

We don’t usually applaud attorneys threatening to sue people. But in this case we are happy to make an exception.

There has to be some way to stop our one party media from wantonly destroying their DNC masters’ enemies with whatever lies they decide to gin up.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, July 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

32 Responses to “Palin Attorney Warns (DNC Run) Media”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Sue the sons of unwed mothers’ for every cent they try and hide in offshore accounts, Sarah! Time to take the gloves off and give them back every punch they threw at you and you family. When they hit the ground ………. don’t let up!!
    Family is Family

    Violence never settled anything…………………tell that to the Nazis, Japs, etal.

    Get it?

  2. tranquil.night says:

    I had this lingering suspicion all of yesterday that Sarah’s resignation was an enticement for the MSM to run with at their will – and demise.

    This woman has balls.

  3. proreason says:

    Somebody has to stop the jackels.

  4. wirenut says:

    Future headline. Sara Palin Fights Like A Real Man.
    Run you limp wristed kleenex toting pantiewaists, repub and dem alike. There’s a new Sheriff in town!

  5. Barbie says:

    Sarah’s not going to let the bullies walk on her and her family anymore. GOOD!!!! p.s. and just to get my own little slice of satisfaction out of this, I’m going to donate to her defense fund.

  6. Rusty Shackleford says:

    So, it would appear that she stepped down to devote her time to a fight. Sometimes it comes down to that….and whereas most politicians of our time would hire attorneys and continue to be distracted from their public duties by proceedings, Ms Palin apparently is doing the right thing and basically locking and loading for a firefight against the media.

    On the one hand, depending on the presiding judge, this could turn into a circus. On the other, if the system works properly, the sources that have been flaming Ms Palin since the beginning of her campaign as VP will be found to be only diligent in trying to smear her and ultimately ruin her both personally and professionally.

    I always wondered if someday some of our over-zealousness in politics would land in the courts like this for the slanderous lies told by one party about a candidate.

    I hope they get raked over the coals but good and walk away having to pay huge sums in restitution and punitive damages. I truly hope the rug gets pulled out from under the MSM and they are treated like the bottom-feeders they are.

    You go Sarah!

    • proreason says:

      Let’s hope she has big bucks behind her because the facists certainly do…..plus the power of the federal government which they are clearly willing to use for such a despicable cause.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      I think that now, out of office, she has more leeway to retain lawyers and litigate, and can raise money without triggering ethics violations. So it looks as though she made a smart move, notwithstanding all the claptrap on CNN about how “Bizarre” her decision was.

  7. Confucius says:

    I hope The Lipstick Pit Bull goes after McCain and his treacherous camp of losers.

  8. wirenut says:

    Barbie, great idea and me too! I can’t afford much, but for the right reasons I’ll give till it hurts and then some. Lord knows the Palin family has. I hope Ms Palin can start the groundswell of honesty in politics that is so badly needed. Also giving msm propagandists nosebleeds would be refreshing.

  9. Dangerous says:

    Now this is the kind of news I like to hear. Go Sarah!

  10. catie says:

    You go girl!

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      Amen Catie! Count me as a feminist if you have to, it makes me so excited to see Sarah fighting back against these Pharisees!

  11. Chinnubie says:

    This could set a precedent in terms of the press using sources to claim a statement. She could turn the media upside down and actually make them have to do their jobs before they print or broadcast any information about an individual. I know the press was extremely slanderous towards her during the campaign and everybody that paid attention knew the sources that were being used were bloggers making things up. Rush was constantly asking where did they get their information. This could be ground-breaking, but maybe I’m being looney about the whole thing and completely misread the information above. Would be cool though to drag in the broadcasters into court to ask why they would report blatant falsehoods that maliciously set out to destroy another U.S. citizen.

    • jobeth says:

      “She could turn the media upside down ”

      You know…I get the feeling the libs/MSM bullies have picked on the one the kid on the playground that will fight back!

      Maybe some of the rest of the GOP will grow a backbone and join her efforts. But they are probably too busy quaking in their boots hoping the libs/MSM won’t look in their direction.

      She has more gonads than all the rest of the GOP put together!

  12. wirenut says:

    Fairness doctrine you can believe in.I’m for it!

  13. RightWinger says:

    Glad to hear this news too. At work today, all the Lil Barry supporters could say was that she had to be resigning because of something illegal she did. Of course when you tell them the media has been digging up rocks for almost a year now trying to find anything to pin on her and they have come up empty handed every time. Never mind Lil Barry has a laundry list of things on him the State media won’t even touch.

    Of course the best way to shut them up was to tell them that they better be praying that LiL’ Barry’s cap-n-trade doesn’t pass or we’ll all be out of jobs (airline industry). That’s a more worthy topic to be focusing on rather than what Sarah Palin is doing right now that does not have any impact on our jobs.

    Then you can hear the crickets coming again from their camp. LOL

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “…she had to be resigning because of something illegal she did.”

      Well, that’s the only thing a lib-tard will understand. To them, there could be no other reason since even democrats refuse to step down no matter how unethically and illegally they’ve operated.

      Thus, conservatives, who generally have a conscience, feel compelled to step down if they indeed DID do something wrong. But liberals are ignorant of other reasons a conservative might step down, such as with Ms Palin, who sees her upcoming legal fight to be distracting and that they hit below the belt by constantly going after her family. And when you attack Mama Bear’s cubs…Mama Bear comes after YOU!

      So now comes the day when the bullies get called out.

      I want a front row seat. There will be blood.

    • texaspsue says:

      “I want a front row seat. There will be blood.”

      I’ll bring the popcorm. :-)

      I just can’t pinpoint which Founding Father she reminds me of… Patrick Henry? John Adams? All I’ve got to say is, Go Saracuda!

  14. jobeth says:

    Yippee!!! It’s about dang time!!! Sic ’em!

  15. texaspsue says:

    Sarah Palin put this on her twitter today:

    Trying to keep up w/getting truth to u, like proof there’s no “FBI scandal”, here’s link http://tinyurl.com/nzlae8 Thanks, AK!

  16. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Sarah definitely has a pair of brass ones. Too bad there’s no guy in the GOP with such courage. They’ve let themselves become emasculated by the left and the other feminazis.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Well, I do have to take this opportunity to give my props to John Boehner who has done a hell of the job in the house of representing our perspective with these bills (“it’s a pile of sh**!”). I don’t see him on the media circuit that much which I guess could be a good or bad thing, but he has my support for a Senate bid or something more in the future should he choose. One of only a couple, Cantor potentially the other.

  17. wardmama4 says:

    Told you that Palin was the best choice for the GOP – Conservative Women Rock!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Palin/Petraeus 2012!!!!!!!!!!!

    After I send my daughters some bucks – I will go to the Palin fund and give the Saracuda some bucks.

    Possibly will be the best money I’ve ever donated.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      I like the idea of a Palin/Petraeus ticket, but unfortunately, my beloved General has so much class, he won’t run against someone who was once his Commander in Chief. Unfortunately, the academy belongs to liberals and the military belongs to conservatives, but the glitch is that academics say whatever they think while military men & women observe the chain of command and hold back, in order to stay true to their oaths. Therefore I doubt Petraeus will run unless he’s going against someone who’s never served before. It breaks my heart. But the good thing is, I am so overjoyed to serve under Petraeus; few Americans have made me as proud as he’s made me. My contract with the Army holds me in until 2017, and I don’t want David to put away his uniform until my contract ends! So to be honest, I don’t want him to run yet!

      Maybe Palin-Jindal or Palin-Cantor? Or Palin-Condoleezza? What say you? :)

    • catie says:

      Sarah and Condi-that’s a ticket that couldn’t be beat.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      Catie, I haven’t heard much from Rice lately. Anyone know what she’s up to? Whether she’s willing to go to bat for us in upcoming years? I know she’s under 60 and still very healthy.

  18. platypus says:

    texaspsue July 5, 2009 at 8:38 pm said: “I just can’t pinpoint which Founding Father she reminds me of… Patrick Henry? John Adams? All I’ve got to say is, Go Saracuda!”

    I suggest that the most appropriate reference is:

    “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.”
    — A famous command attributed to William Prescott, an American officer, at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

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