Nonsense: New Palin Ethics Story
Update 2: According to Rob Port and her Twitter:
RT @AKGovSarahPalin: inaccurate story floating reLegal Defense Fund;matter is still pending;new info was just requested even;no final report
Update: Also note below that there isn't even a hearing suggested.
I finally found a more substantive story on this item up at Memeorandum. What a load of crap this is. That, or any politician who ever had a legal defense fund would be the subject of headline news. Just read this graph:
In his report, attorney Thomas 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."
Gee, ya think?
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.