The ADN dump seems to have no real rhyme or reason to it. I am going through the emails one by one, but in the meantime here’s what I got out of a search for “ethics complaint.”
Gregory Charles Royal filing suit in the amount of $1,000 for costs incurred for Sept 1008 National Press Club fees & other related costs as a citizen informer and press conf facilitator for Alaskan citizen informers/quasi whistleblowers uncovering and reporting the illegal failure of you to issue a 2007 Juneteenth Proclamation and failure to disclose the act to the American public as a vice pres candidate. I don’t get it.
Weird. what’d I do wrong?
I hate Fridays. Every flippin- Friday something happens.
Seems more like every flippin day…
When the critics talk about “the children’s travel”, for the most part they mean only Piper. (I don’t know what critics will think of Trig’s future travels, but I can’t imagine making it a practice of leaving him who needs me for a long stretch of time) We’ve never taken kids’ per diem even tho legally we could and I had to tell the state not to write them checks because we weren’t cashing them.
The Mansion was off-limits for two seasons due to renovations so instead of having state rent us rooms, we stayed in Wasilla and I commuted in. I drive (myself) to as many events as roads will take me so the FF can participate without it costing the state anything, etc. I’m just beat down on this one. I am tired. The opponents have succeeded on the drive towards our personal bankruptcy, and have divided my family.
Murkowski brought Nancy everywhere. Whereas Todd has been excluded as a helpmate because of opponents lying about his role – so he has been to Juneau three times or less in the past 10 months, and obviously we don’t all see each other as much as we should any more because of the double standards applied. Knowles sent his kids off to Outside private schools – (I’ve chosen to keep an eye on AK’s public school system via having my kids there) and he and Murk had slush funds to pay for travels so he can brag his kids “didn’t cost the state anything”, as he’s given those recent interviews to claim.
The double standard, and recent constantly changing rules, and subjective interpretations prove a mom (or dad who wants to keep his family together) can not serve as Gov of Alaska. One has to be single, wealthy, or corrupt to function in this political system.
Email from Tom van Flein to reporter on this topic here.
Palin to Parnell, Nizich, Perry:
Do any of you pay taxes on your per diem when you travel for the state, as I am required now to retroactively do? Or taxed for the vehicles you drive that are rented or paid for by the state? I ask because we’re trying to go through days and hours of state events/functions/travels to figure out the thousands of dollars we’re asked to now retroactively pay re: per diem, vehicle use and family travel.., before we meet with our tax people at H & R we want to make sure we know all the consistencies in state rules.
BTW- we’re asked to pay full price for tickets the state purchased for some of the First Family events (like NGA’s annual mtg for families in Philly), but we would never have purchased these expensive tickets- we would have used miles, shopped around for cheap tickets, used companion coupons, or just not gone – had we known the state would later say these trips weren’t acceptable as FF events (and the NGA trip is being charged to us at nearly $3000).
My understanding is in the past, the person who would reimburse the state for “personal travel” does so at the price they would have paid for the cheapest travel… Linda, please check into that aspect of this retroactive problem we’ve been handed.
Also, I was explaining to Bristol that Petemenous is charging us for things like her trip to Anchorage “so Bristol could attend Valley Performing Arts ‘Beauty and the Beast’ performance” (is how the PB explained that trip’s need for reimbursement).., but Bristol just reminded me she’s never been to VPA, certainly didn’t travel from Juneau to Anchorage to do so!
So… if Petemenous got that one wrong on his publicized list of trips I owe the state for, how many others did he get wrong? (Obviously the FF traveled to Anchorage that weekend to attend the AFN Elders’ Honoring the new FF event at the Native Heritage Center… it wasn’t so Bristol could attend a play that she never attended.)
Lisa Demer of the ADN:
Any word on interview opportunity related to judicial appointments? – Could I get comment on the new ethics complaint being filed by Linda Kellen, who blogs as Celtic Diva? Her complaint alleges a conflict of interest when Gov. Palin wore specially designed Arctic Cat snowmachine gear during this year’s Iron Dog events.
The complaint says the governor “improperly used her position and state resources to serve her personal financial interests by being a walking billboard for Arctic Cat, a private for-profit company and family business sponsor.”
The new complaint also notes that the governor’s new financial disclosure doesn’t specific the value of the sponsorship for 2008, but says there was a “discount on snow machines.” How much was the discount? How many new machines in 2008? How many dollars was the sponsorship worth? –
Also, one other clarification request on the 2009 disclosure. A few people asked me about Todd’s BP 401K. The disclosure has a long number next to the first mention of the 401K. My guess was that it was just the account number, but some seem to think it could be a very large dollar figure. The number is 12031008. What does that number represent? Thanks in advance.
Sharon Leighow forwards it to Palin who replies:
Oh GOD help us. Are you flippin kidding??? Todd doesn’t have $12million obviously that’s something else, I don’t know what it stands for yet. Put this is a statement, others have asked about my opinion on this latest: (but I hadn’t seen it so didn’t know it was this asinine!!!)
Use this quote: “Are Alaskans outraged, or at least tired of this yet? Another frivolous ethics charge by a political blogger? This would be hilarious if it wasn’t so expensive for the state to process these accusations and for me to defend against the bogus harassments. Yes, I wore Arctic Cat snowgear at a snowmachine event, because it was cold outside, and by the way today I am wearing Alaska’s own Paige Adams’ jeans and Alaska’s Romney Dodd-Ortland hand-painted clogs. When will I see the ethics charge for wearing these? Now how much will this blogger’s asinine political grandstanding cost all of us in time and money today?”
And then again, Palin to Sharon:
The number next to his 401 (k) is the DATE. 12/31/08, sent in the official form from BP folks. Dear God.
Palin then forwards the conversation to Sean Parnell saying:
Lisa demer asking why it looks like Todd has millions in his 401 k accnt.
These are the things that waste my time and money, and the state’s time and money.
Please let Demer give these issues the justice they deserve: total foolishness that she needs to point out.
Remind Lisa that it’s obvious these adversaries are just trying to waste public (and my) money, and illegally grabbing headlines by going to the press with these ridiculous false charges in the form of ethics complaints – doesn’t the law say they’re confidential?
March 24, 2009. They issue a press release on the Arctic Cat complaint. Parnell comments on it:
Priceless and true. We’re clapping at our end of the hall!!!!!!!!!! If people don’t see this for what it is, God help us all.
It’s God’s perfect timing that such a silly one is filed today! May this help people see the absurdity of it all, and help put these things to rest.
Lisa Demer asks questions about whether Palin had an agreement with Arctic Cat and other things. Palin to Sharon Leighow:
Ask Todd these questions. This is all bs Sharon. NO I had no flippin agreement with arctic cat, never have. I don’t even remember what outdoor gear I wore at the last race – tell her that! Arctic Cat’s been the Davis/Palin Race Team sponsor since before I was elected gov. Todd can give you other quick answers, but still blast my general statement on false ethics charges, ok? And I knew as much about what media was covering the event as you or anyone else knew. Why’s she asking about SI? Who cares?
SI is Sports Illustrated.
March 25, 2009. Palin:
You guys travel a lot for the state- are you required to pay taxes on your per diem?
I understand this is being looked at by DOA. I have been asked to put together a list of travel and where. I know that in the business world when I traveled it was not taxed. It was not taxed when I worked for the previous administration. Also the Feds do not pay taxes on per diem. I will support what is legal. We just need to evaluate this correctly.
Fyi- You won’t believe the recent bills I’ve been handed for per diem, use of a state vehicle, travel, First Family travel, etc.., all retro’d back to my first days in office – all after having followed all the state rules and procedures in fulfilling my duties as Governor. It would make your head swim. This, on top of an attorney bill that’s grown outrageously and rapidly through all the lawsuits, foia’s, and alleged ethics violation complaints.., when you guys hear the number you’ll not believe it.
April 22, 2009. Complaint about Palin’s trip to Indiana. The complaint was thrown out.
Governor- just a follow up. Both Lisa Demer and Mark Thiessan were asking about what state business was conducted on the Indiana trip. We let them know that you met with 3 TC officials for an hour and a half and the topic was the gasline. Both seemed fine with that and didn’t ask for further details about the meeting.
Very true. Thank you. And the trip cost the state zero funds.
Apparently on the same day another ethics complaint was set to be filed by Sondra Thompkins.
Unflippinbelievable… I’m sending this because you can relate to the bullcrap continuation of the hell these people put the family through.
Complete bs. Saw this early this morning. Have been on the phone about it.
I can’t take it any more.
This should be tossed out immediately. It is inaccurate from top to bottom. And the liberal blog fabrication and coordination? Perhaps the media will start telling that story. Pardon my emailing your state account.
The Arctic cat coat complaint should be dismissed as well.
Let folks know I’m on airplane, then in dentist chair, then commuting, so will be out of BB range for awhile. Email me when you need me tho. And my dad just said there are two fake Palin legal defense funds up ad running, screwing people out of $.
Complaint about the legal defense fund by Kim Chatman. Mark Thiessen of the AP sends the complaint to Leighow and Bill McAllister. Leighow replies:
How can setting up a legal defense fund be an ethics violation?
Palin to her staff:
You are flippin kidding me.
Palin to Parnell:
I think this is #12 ethics charge? Ironically, this is against me – though it’s a group of supporters that set up a legal fees fund. This is torture.
And did you know this filer is the same one who joined the ridiculous “Juneteenth” suit.
It’s sick is what it is! I think they have you calendared for at least one per week.
I know. And I just told someone: we’re not paranoid, they really are after us!
I just got asked: how can this be filed against ME when I have nothing to do with setting up fund that supporters set up? These folks aren’t my employees, they don’t fall under ex ethics act.
April 28, 2009. Some complaint, most likely the aforementioned, but unclear. Palin:
This was on blogs and in the press before I was even made aware of this and before Law was made aware.
May 6, 2009. A ray of sanity from the ADN? They write a column headlined – Abuse of ethics complaints turns good law into bad politics.” Palin responds in email to Parnell:
Wow- good- I so wish they’d have realized this before the legal fees grew so fast, but am thankful for this editorial. (They still got it wrong about the family travel, oh well!)
May 12, 2009. Zane Henning complaint thrown out.
Another thrown out – the Henning complaint re: talking to reporters.., but my attorney was never told this was thrown out in late March. Good God- it really is a zoo the way they’re working this process. We need to announce that we won another one- that makes 10 dismissed. Don’t know how much time and money has been spent on that one after it was thrown out but none of us were notified. Can we do a quick presser on it.
Unflippinbelievable that time, money, blood, sweat and tears has been spent on this complaint – for who knows how long since the dismissed, but failed to notify. I’m speechless.
Governor two complaints were dismissed. The Henning one and the one filed by Anthony Martin about your trip to Georgia.
Wonder what the heck anyone’s intention is in keeping this info from us, my attorney, the public. This is unbelievably expensive and resource consuming to not be given dismissal status.
If one was given I am drawing a blank, I would have notified you asap to take another burden off you.
Mike: In normal civil practice, the attorney gets notice from the court or the administrative body and then has the responsibility to contact the client, review the terms of the dismissal, and discuss whether any further steps remain to be taken, etc. I am not sure if Mr. Van Flein received a notice.
He didn’t.., he wasn’t notified. And those in Law who’ve cost me thousands, and cost the state thousands, and caused me to spend untold amts of political capital, need to be held accountable or the problem just goes on and on. Accountability involves letting their employers (the Alaskan public) know.
It sounds like it was Personnel Board and/or Law that didn’t notify. Very odd.
A little humor from Katryn Morgan:
Once a tweet is posted, no changes can be made. We can delete it, or repost a correction, but I don’t know that we even have that luxury.., it may result in an ethics complaint.
15th ethics complaint dismissed. Yes!!!! This is great news for you and the state.
As a Commissioner who appreciates the demands on your time and wants you to have more time; and as an Alaskan who can’t stand this abuse under the pretense of ethics that costs you and Alaskans hugh amounts of money; and the impact on Kris and her family.
Marty, Pat and I are in day long committee hearings. After hearing the same presentation several times, I get time to also focus on other things. If you don’t mind me respectfully adding to the email below ” as a friend I also really care and God has a great plan”
After Palin has announced she’s resigning.
July 6, 2009. The Zane Henning complaint about per diem. Joe Becker of the NY Times sends the press release from Zenning and Kris Perry says to the group:
Another ethics complaint we learn about first from the press.
A long exchange featuring questions and answers. I won’t post the whole thing.
Call me sharon- every one of his questions are leading and set ups. For instance, I was on biden’s teleconf., and we don’t put everything on scheds anymore – ever – be we have crazy people who do not need to know my sched, our tiny security detail isn’t equipped to handle the people who would love to know my every movement.
July 14, 2009. New ethics complaint from Andree McLeod. From Julia Bockman, I assume in the Law department:
This morning we received another ethics complaint from Andree McLeod. Attached is a courtesy copy for your information. We are forwarding the complaint to the State Personnel Board for action as required by the Act. The Personnel Board and/or its independent counsel handles initial screening regarding acceptance of the complaint.
As you know, under the Ethics Act, the existence of the ethics complaint and all related investigation materials are confidential unless you waive confidentiality or the Personnel Board’s independent counsel issues a public accusation. All persons contacted in the course of an investigation are required to maintain that confidentiality. Only you may waive confidentiality and confidentiality may not be partially waived.
Confidential I can’t open on bb. What’s this about, and I’ll need to tell my attorney so I can decide whether to hire him or defend myself. I’ll be out of cell range, so my assistant Kris Perry should be cc’d in on these, ok Mike?
Sharon Leighow just informed me that Sean Cockerham is inquiring about it. So, apparently Andree did go to media.
I assume this will be forwarded to van flein as I’ll be in Homer for two days and won’t be able to see and answer it.
And a blurb on the cost of the complaints from June 29, 2009.
I really need the amount Law (and others) spent on FOIAs, lawsuits, ethics charges. Please let me know today. This has been requested for weeks, I know Law has been crunching numbers, but I need at least ballpark figure today. It’s assumed to be $1.5-2 million by now, plus my own $500,000 legal bill. Thanks
We have a figure that we worked on Friday. Litigation, public records, and ethics complaints (all depts): $1,963,840.