Palin Legal Defense Fund Illegal, Money To Be Returned
A state investigation has concluded, apparently with Sarah Palin’s agreement, that the legal defense fund establish while she was Governor was illegal and that the money must be returned:
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Thousands of donors who contributed to a $390,000 legal defense fund for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will get their money back after an investigator said Thursday the fund was illegal because it was misleadingly described on a website.
State Personnel Board investigator Timothy Petumenos said the Alaska Fund Trust inappropriately used the word “official” on its website, wrongly implying that it was endorsed by Palin in her role as governor.
But Petumenos also found that Palin — the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee — acted in good faith and relied on a team of attorneys to make sure the fund was lawful and complied with the Alaska Executive Branch Act.
Outside of returning the money, Palin doesn’t face any other liability since it appears that it was her attorneys that screwed up here, not her. Nonetheless, it’s another headline that I’m sure she doesn’t want to see.