At a time when so many politicians go into office poor and come out rich, a $500,000 legal bill is a lot of money for a family that isn’t on the take.
In video two, Karl Rove tells what should be expected of Governor Palin now that she isnt stuck in Alaska and intends to go national.
The Wall Street Journal explains how transparency laws can be abused to bring a state government to a standstill:
Contrary to most reports, her decision had been in the works for months, accelerating recently as it became clear that controversies and endless ethics investigations were threatening to overshadow her legislative agenda. “Attacks inside Alaska and largely invisible to the national media had paralyzed her administration,” someone close to the governor told me. “She was fully aware she would be branded a ‘quitter.’ She did not want to disappoint her constituents, but she was no longer able to do the job she had been elected to do. Essentially, the taxpayers were paying for Sarah to go to work every day and defend herself.”
This situation developed because Alaska’s transparency laws allow anyone to file Freedom of Information Act requests. While normally useful, in the hands of political opponents FOIA requests can become a means to bog down a target in a bureaucratic quagmire, thanks to the need to comb through records and respond by a strict timetable. Similarly, ethics investigations are easily triggered and can drag on for months even if the initial complaint is flimsy. Since Ms. Palin returned to Alaska after the 2008 campaign, some 150 FOIA requests have been filed and her office has been targeted for investigation by everyone from the FBI to the Alaska legislature. Most have centered on Ms. Palin’s use of government resources, and to date have turned up little save for a few state trips that she agreed to reimburse the state for because her children had accompanied her. In the process, though, she accumulated $500,000 in legal fees in just the last nine months, and knew the bill would grow ever larger in the future.
By the way, it was determined that Palin was well within state law to bring her small children along. What is she supposed to do, leave them at home to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when Todd is working on the North Slope? JFK had small children tag along, so did Clinton, Carter, Obama and countless governors and members of Congress, but for some reason a different and very sexist double standard is applied to Sarah Palin.
The corrupt governor Palin replaced ran up 80% more personal expenses than she has, and ran up less than the Democrat governor before him, yet they are fine and she is waistfull with the states money???..ridiculous.
That was $500,000 in legal bills in six months and she had 18 months left in her term, so add on another 1.5 million in personal legal bills and another 6 million of the state’s money. This is what the Democrats have done to Alaska state government. How can anyone but the very rich run for office with Democrats behaving this way?