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Top Dem Declares Sarah Palin Guilty

A bit of stenography from the DNC’s slavey lickspittles at the Associated Press:

Investigator rules against Palin in ethics probe

By RACHEL D’ORO Associated Press Writer

July 21, 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An independent investigator has found evidence that Gov. Sarah Palin may have violated ethics laws by trading on her position as she sought money for lawyer 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 her 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. That allows her to resolve the issue without a formal ethics reprimand.

Palin posted an entry on Twitter in which she said the "matter is still pending," a statement echoed by her lawyer.

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 on Sunday.

Kristan Cole, the fund’s trustee, said organizers have frozen the fund pending the personnel board’s review. Politicians are routinely allowed to have such funds to pay off legal bills, but quirks in Alaska law can present ethics issues.

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’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.

Meanwhile, a quick search of the Federal Election Commission contribution records reveals something the Associated Press neglected to mention:

Contributions to Political Committees

DANIEL, THOMAS
ANCHORAGE, AK 99507
PERKINS COIE LLP/ATTORNEY

KERRY, JOHN F
VIA JOHN KERRY FOR PRESIDENT INC

03/07/2004
1000.00
25971240087

DANIEL, THOMAS M
ANCHORAGE, AK 99501
PERKINS COIE/ATTORNEY

BEGICH, MARK
VIA ALASKANS FOR BEGICH

08/14/2008
1000.00
28020560579

DANIEL, THOMAS M
ANCHORAGE, AK 99507
PERKINS COIE LLP/LAWYER

KERRY, JOHN F
VIA KERRY-EDWARDS 2004 INC. GENERAL ELECTION LEGAL AND ACCOUNTING COMPLIANCE FUND

10/29/2004
500.00
24981710204

DANIEL, THOMAS M MR.
ANCHORAGE, AK 99507
SELF/LAWYER

DNC SERVICES CORPORATION/DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE

10/20/2006
1000.00
26930685961

Total Contributions:    3500.00

Mr. Daniel is a very active Democrat.

Moreover, he is a partner of the law firm of Perkins Coie.

From Wikipedia:

Perkins Coie

Perkins Coie also serves as counsel of record for the Democratic Party and its candidates; its political law group is headed by top campaign lawyer Bob Bauer. Perkins Coie represented John Kerry’s presidential campaign and recently represented the Presidential campaign of Barack Obama. The firm represented Christine Gregoire in the prolonged litigation surrounding her 2004 Washington State gubernatorial election, and a team of Perkins lawyers headed by Marc Elias is currently representing Al Franken in his legal battle over the 2008 Senatorial election in Minnesota. The firm also represents the Democratic Leadership Council, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

In 2006, Perkins Coie made headlines when, led by partner Harry Schneider, it represented Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the alleged driver and bodyguard of Osama Bin Laden. The case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where the Bush Administration’s Military Commissions were held unconstitutional.

What an “independent investigator,” huh?

No wonder Mr. Daniel leaked this to the Associated Press.

No wonder he wants Mrs. Palin to settle, rather than to go before the ethics panel.

He’s just trying to be fair.

But don’t you think the AP should give its reader a little hint as to his motives?

(Thanks to DW for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

28 Responses to “Top Dem Declares Sarah Palin Guilty”

  1. DW

    Ahh yet another example of responsible journalism from the good ole AP…

    Investigator: Palin took money to pay her debts

    By RACHEL D’ORO, The Associated Press

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

    Full witch-hunt:
    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Wo.....31-ap.html

    OK:
    -she may have violated ethics laws
    “MAY” have??? Is she guilty or not? If not, then where the hell is the presumption of innocence that is granted to everyone from shoplifters to child molesters?
    Oh, never mind. She must be guilty, I mean just look at the title of the article: “Palin Took money to pay her debts."

    -the report obtained by the Associated Press
    Obtained HOW? Isn’t this matter still under investigation? So who’s leaking reports to the press and why?

    -there is probable cause to believe Palin used or attempted to use
    Probable cause. Aren’t we back to that whole presumption of innocence that we grant child molesters?

    -she authorized the creation of the trust as the “official” legal defense fund.
    So God help all those people who have “official” fan sites, “official” web sites.
    Bullshit is what this is.

    -The practical effect of the ruling on Palin will be more financial than anything else.
    Then why the hell is this being reported as a crime? If she’s done something wrong, shouldn’t there be some sort of legal repercussions?

    Here, have a boo at the Alaska Trust Fund:
    http://www.thealaskafundtrust.com/
    Check out all the restrictions on who can and cannot donate. They’re dotting every “I” and crossing every “T” and it’s still not good enough.

    • bronzeprofessor

      You’re so right. The AP is not the Assassinating Press. They’re partisan hacks and the report on Palin’s so-called ethic possible potential plausible but still unconfirmed ethical irregularity-if-it-can-be-called-that is just that latest shenanigan. The Left is terrified of what Palin will do unleashed, once she’s out of Alaska. They’re trying to squeeze as much disgrace out of her as they can extract at this point.

    • canary

      AP says “an independent investigator” gave AP a report? Maybe it came from some dangerous nut case stalking Palin.

  2. Liberals Demise

    “Aye …..methinks thar be skeletons in the jackasses locker that be rattling thar bones this day!”

    Don’t crap on your plate if you want seconds, boy ‘O.

  3. wardmama4

    -’An ordinary citizen facing legal charges is not likely to be able to generate donations to a legal defense fund, he wrote’- An ordinary citizen would not have lawsuits and complaints filed against them almost every week –

    Where is an Independant counsel’ – since we saw in the Plamegate idiocy that ‘fairness’ and ‘justice’ are partisan in America – since 2000 – when evilbushitlerburtonco stole the election from that pillar of intellectual honesty – the Goracle. Perhaps to be really ‘fair a panel of 3 – D, R & I to at least make a somewhat valid attempt to appear fair.

    But hey, haven’t they already done this shtick before? Anything to keep the ‘talking point’ (Palin and ethics lawsuit) in the news, so that the stupid masses are fully indoctrinated that she is a bad person and not to be trusted.

    Personally I’d be so insulted that these people only talk in ‘talking points’ that I’d never ever vote for them and most especially give them a donation. So I guess they really are that stupid.

  4. Reality Bytes

    But The Clinton Defense Fund in the ’90′s was OK, Right? Sure, he was a white male democrat (or put another way, our first black president, before the you know, first half white, uh, black president).

  5. Right of the People

    Wonder what Ms. Chatman’s political affiliation might be, hmmmmm? Is she another whiner who was turned down for a job? And Mr. Daniel, you know what they say about folks who live in glass houses, they shouldn’t run around naked and have carnal relations with animals and furniture. Oh yeah and don’t throw stones either.

    RB, let me ‘splain this to you, there is rules for the libs then rules for the rest of us so of course the CDF was fine. Don’t you know what the meaning of “is” is?

  6. Anonymoose

    Irony:

    The Libs kept hammering after Palin for “ethics violations” after they couldn’t make the first one, or two, or umpteen dozen stick. She ends up paying a lot of money to fight this and creates a legal fund, drawing money from it to pay her bills. Now that’s the ethics violation? Paying for bills to fight all the unproven and untrue allegations?

    This is getting more twisted than the Bush “National Guard Memos” in the 2004 election……

    • Celina

      Yes, and I also believe it was a violation of the law for the persons involved to have leaked the information to begin with. Ethics, huh?

  7. Great Report! Linked to it from ushanka.us.

  8. canary

    “An ordinary citizen facing legal charges is not likely to be able to generate donations to a legal defense fund, he wrote. “”‘is not likely”” ?? 2 problems here. why use an ordinary citizen in this situation. And it’s not true. An ordinary citizen can as for donations. Pigs digging,digging,digging for a stone.

    For example, newspapers do story’s on soldier’s and independent’s who are charged with crimes during war, will do story’s and say where to make donations to pay legal costs against the governement, if the feel they are being wrongfully convicted.
    Also, individuals charged with murder even solicit for funds to pay their legal defense. High profile murder cases “‘private” people accused of murdering their child, or spouse, even do it like that mom in Florida, or Scott Peterson that murdered his pregnant wife.

  9. canary

    well, those liberal muslim lovers don’t respect a woman who doesn’t wear veils.

  10. rocketman

    FTA:
    ““Top Dem Declares Sarah Palin Guilty”

    TOP dem??? Put a sock in it TOP!

  11. TwilightZoned

    What a crock of _____ (fill in the blank yourself)! Sarah must be a serious threat to the democraps. What ever happened to “innocent until PROVEN guilty”? (Rhetorical…as we all know this is the card that would be pulled if it were one of THEM.)

  12. MinnesotaRush

    I’m wondering .. any of these ‘ethic violations’ have anything to do with lieing while under oath? .. or, sexual escapades in the executive offices of Alaska?

    Just aksin’, ya’ know.

    • platypus

      Regarding sexual escapades, to whom are you referring?

      If it’s Sarah!, you’re a pervert and you can go pound sand.

    • Dangerous

      Easy, platypus.

      William Jefferson Clinton, I’d be guessing. (Alleged) Rapist-in-Chief, disbarred lawyer and all-around good guy. (the last is heavy on the sarcasm)

    • MinnesotaRush

      No, no, no platypus. Dial back on the caffeine, pal.

      No perversions here; nor do I qualify as a pervert or care to be called one.

      The sarcastic inuendo/analogy in my post was drawing attention to the poster boy of the Democratic Party and media darling of his time, bill clinton (who DID lie under oath and DID have sexual escapades in the nation’s executive office). In spite of his VERY OBVIOUS ‘ethical violations’, you may recall his Party and associates, as well as the MSM, downplayed the whole thing and ran cover for him.

      Sorry if the sarcasm was too hidden or the analogy too vague; but I’ll be skippin’ the sand.

      Personally, I think Sarah Palin (and her family) are some mighty fine Americans; and I admire her work and personna. An example for many.

    • platypus

      Please accept my apologies for being almost as dense as the average libtard. You threw me off with the Alaska location for the bad acts.

      In any event, Sarah! must be doing something right since she can’t even go fishing without a swarm of paparazzi hovering around.

      Sarah!/Cheney 2012.

  13. platypus

    Perkins Coie is the same law firm that is defending the birth certificate lawsuits. Their fees are currently in excess of $1,000,000 (and still climbing).

    A million bucks to keep a secret. Must be a helluva secret.

  14. BillK

    So once she resigns is she still bound by the “elected official” laws?

    Can you imagine how broadly you could interpret this?

    You could argue (and the anti-Palin kooks likely will) that any monies from her book deal must also be declined because “Who would buy a Palin book if she hadn’t been Governor?”

    It’s just too bad similar laws couldn’t be applied to the multiple Clinton “legal defense funds.”

  15. wirenut

    The only reason I kept the the lastest political sticker from the last campaign was to cut the losers name FROM it. My ride proudly displays “PALIN” only. U.S. flags mandatory.

  16. EncompassedRunner

    Perkins Coie !?! I remember looking at the 1st quarter 2009 FEC report for Obama & noting that well over $ 600,000 was paid out to Perkins Coie just for that quarter. Knowing that Robert Bauer of Perkins Coie was attorney for Obama in one of the nieligibility suits against him, I just figured the $600,000 was more payout to fight the ineligibility lawsuits, but who knows maybe it relates to Palin. Whatever, it’s still Perkins Coie & a lot of money, this seems fishy.

  17. Melly

    Parnell Seeks to End Information Leaks

    Parnell Seeks to End Leaks of Confidential Information Asks Attorney General to Step In

    (July 23, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska) – Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell today asked Attorney General Dan Sullivan to provide recommendations on how to prevent leaks of confidential information in ethics probes.

    Parnell’s request comes after the leak of an investigator’s confidential and preliminary report related to an ethics complaint filed against Governor Sarah Palin.

    “These leaks must stop,” Parnell said. “If we allow public officials to be tried and convicted in the press through abuse of the legal process, then the Executive Branch is at risk. The rule of law is threatened.”

    Parnell said that leaking the investigator’s preliminary report is just like walking into a courthouse, lifting some notes from the jurors’ break room and publishing them before all the evidence is in and before a verdict is reached.

    Parnell recognized the need for accountability for public officials, but said the ethics laws are being abused.

    “If confidential information was leaked from our courts, there would be an outcry,” he said. “There must be respect for the law when it comes to Executive Branch ethics investigations.”

    http://www.ltgov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=4282

  18. Steve

    Nice to see that Fox News still reads S&L:

    Palin Ethics Investigator Closely Tied to Democratic Party

    Independent investigator Thomas Daniel has contributed $3,500 in recent years to Democratic causes, including $1,500 to John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004 and $1,000 to Alaska Sen. Mark Begich’s senatorial campaign last year.

    By Stephen Clark

    Thursday, July 23, 2009

    The independent investigator who has accused Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin of violating state ethics laws is a major donor to the Democratic Party as well as a partner in a law firm that represented Barack Obama’s presidential campaign…

    http://tinyurl.com/metrbu

  19. rakkasan

    I love seeing this site influence the MSN. Good job, champ.




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