Sarah Palin, Mired in Debt, Whines, Begging for Donations

Sarah Palin has over half a million dollars in legal debt, and she’s whining about it. Everyone is out to get her, evidently. Now she’s thinking of starting a legal defense fund, where she will beg people to donate to help her out. Meanwhile she is not accepting stimulus package money that will help Alaskans with their troubles.


Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Of course Sarah Palin had to defend herself from ethics accusations, many of which came from before she entered into last year’s Presidential race. Evidently her legal fees are well over a half of a million dollars. I’m thinking the solution would have been not to let her husband meddle in the affairs of government and try to get someone fired, but that train left the station. Now Sarah Palin has worlds of whiney excuses for her debts. They all stem from politically motivated accusations, she says. Yes, everyone is out to get Sarah Palin. Victimhood is a familiar place, I’m sure. Maybe she’ll start accusing domestic terrorists if this ploy doesn’t work.

The wonderful part of this story is about how Poor persecuted Sarah is going to get those monstrous debts paid off. She’s going to beg people for money. It is sort of a Republican welfare thing, isn’t it? They’ve all got their legal defense funds, don’t they? Here’s a bit of the story from the Anchorage Daily News:

Legal bills have mounted fighting complaints that she called partisan, false and frivolous, starting with “the politically motivated Troopergate probe,” Palin said in a written response to questions.

She said the legal bills all stem from her actions as governor.

“I must defend against these baseless ethics accusations out of my own pocket as the use of public monies to do so could itself violate state law,” Palin wrote.

The debt, amassed since she was catapulted into the national spotlight during the presidential race, was revealed in her annual financial disclosure filed this week with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

“On August 29, it seems the political landscape changed in Alaska. Now, it seems in order to do this job as Governor, with the political blood sport some are playing today, only the independently wealthy or those willing to spend their income on legal fees to defend their official actions in office … can serve,” Palin said in the written response to Daily News questions.

The debt is owed to the Alaska law firm Clapp, Peterson, Van Flein, Tiemessen & Thorsness, according to her financial disclosure.

The disclosure said only that she owed “hundreds of thousands of dollars.” On Friday in the written statement, attorney Thomas Van Flein wouldn’t give a precise number but said it was “a substantial debt.” Palin said she didn’t have an exact figure yet but “the debt is over a half a million dollars.”

I’m thinking most people who go on welfare don’t have the nice peachy house Sarah Palin lives in, nor do they have a job that pays over a hundred thousand dollars a year. No, and most people wouldn’t have committed the ethics violations Sarah Palin did, either. Still, she’s entitled, I suppose, to rely on the kindness of strangers, even if she is trying to deny Alaskans with real hardship from getting the services they need in refusing stimulus funds.

Hey, maybe since one of the ethics charges is that she let Todd Palin run rampant and try to control government personnell decisions, then he could sell his snowmobile collection to help pay off the legal debts. Heck, or maybe Sarah Palin could have simply come clean.

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 by Steven Reynolds |

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