The investigations of Sarah Palin

by twit

There are so many investigations of alleged abuse of power by Governor Sarah Palin it is getting difficult to keep track of them all.  So here is a quick round up of what is currently going on:

Via ABC News on August 29, 2008:

a legislative probe into claims that she abused her office by trying to get her former brother-in-law fired from his job as an Alaska state trooper.


an investigation into the dismissal of the state’s public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, who claims he balked at pressure to remove Trooper Mike Wooten, who had an acrimonious divorce from Palin’s sister.

A detailed timeline of the events that led to the Troopergate investigation can be seen here.  An analysis about how this investigation may lead to the impeachment of Governor Palin can be seen here.

update! Independent investigator Stephen Branchflower has released his report, which finds that Governor Palin abused her authority.  Highlights from the 263 page report can be seen here.

Via Roll Call on September 3, 2008:

“Last night, I initiated a proceeding before the state personnel board because that is the agency charged by law with addressing complaints about hiring and firing matters, and ethical issues in general, involving the Governor,” Palin said in a statement.

Via ABC News on September 2, 2008:

French says the investigation will also seek to learn how the Governor’s office obtained confidential information from her ex-brother-in-law’s personnel file.

“If she was involved, it would be a violation of state law,” said French.

Via TPM on September 5, 2008:

Yesterday, the troopers union filed an ethics complaint against Palin for improperly accessing Wooten’s personnel record.

Via McClatchy on September 3, 2008:

Palin is facing another ethics complaint, filed by a former state employee and political activist alleging her office used improper influence to award a state job.

update: with thanks to angelic1, via Mother Jones on September 7, 2008, it is reported:

Several of the emails suggested to her that Palin’s office had used its influence to reward a Fairbanks surveyor who was a Palin fundraiser with a state job. In early August, McLeod filed a complaint with the state attorney general against Palin, Bailey, and other Palin aides, claiming they had violated ethics and hiring laws.

The Anchorage Daily News has more on this developing scandal.

update: with thanks to angelic1, via Mother Jones on September 7, 2008:

McLeod, a 53-year-old registered Republican who has held various jobs in state government, suspected that Frye and Bailey had engaged in political activity during official business hours in that period by participating in a Palin-backed effort to oust the state chairman of the Alaska Republican party, Randy Ruedrich.

and here is another potential ethics scandal that seems to cry out for an investigation:

John Cyr, the PSEA executive director, told The Washington Post that Sarah Palin held a grudge against the state troopers and held down their salaries and other funding because her ex-brother-in-law-the-trooper had not been fired.

Sarah Palin is currently being investigated for several allegations of abuse of her power as Governor.  The Alaska Legislature has appointed an independent investigator for the allegations that Palin inappropriately used her office to try to get State Trooper Michael Wooten fired, that Palin fired Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan for inappropriate reasons, and that she illegally accessed Wooten’s personnel file.  Palin has filed an ethics complain against herself in an apparent attempt to avoid cooperation with the legislative investigation, and is asking the state personnel board to conduct their own investigation.  The state troopers union has filed an ethics complaint (presumably with the state personnel board) for the allegation of improper access to Wooten’s personnel file.

Then there is another ethics complaint pending that Palin used “improper influence to award a state job.”  There has not been a lot of detail reported about this allegation and it is unclear at this point what the status of this investigation is or when it is expected to conclude.

update:  There are two more additional ethical issues that are brewing, the first involving whether there was unlawful political activity in Palin’s office with regard to efforts against the Alaska GOP chairman, and the other involving whether Palin held the state trooper budget hostage because of the Wooten dispute.

update: Public officials are under an obligation to preserve documents related to official business.  This is fundamental to the nature of our democracy and a way of insuring that decisions made by public officials can be reviewed and that public officials are accountable for their actions.  Sarah Palin apparently did not get the memo about what a “democracy” means, so a judge has had to order her to comply with her obligations as a public official.  The Anchorage Daily News reports on October 11, 2008:

An Anchorage judge on Friday ordered Gov. Sarah Palin and others in her office to retrieve and preserve any e-mails from private accounts that concern state business.

[…]  Under the judge’s order, the governor’s office must preserve all e-mails to or from private accounts of her staff between Dec. 4, 2006, and whenever the litigation concludes “whose content relates in any way to the conduct of official business of the state of Alaska.”

In addition, Palin and her staff were ordered “to immediately undertake efforts” to retrieve e-mails and attachments that “Yahoo and other Internet companies have intentionally or automatically deleted.”

update: via MSNBC on October 29, 2008:

A new ethics complaint has been filed against Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, accusing the Alaska governor of abusing her power by charging the state when her children traveled with her.

The complaint alleges that the Republican vice presidential nominee used her official position as governor for personal gain.


16 Responses to The investigations of Sarah Palin

  1. Pat says:

    Makes one wonder what she’d try in the second most powerful position in the country.

    Scares the bejeebers outta me.

  2. Thank you very much for the link, angelic1.

    and Pat, I do wonder if these allegations will follow Palin to the White House if she manages to win the vice presidency.

    Perhaps Palin supporters should consider the possibility of “Vice President Pelosi” and how their support of Palin may well pave the way for the Democrats to find their way to the White House if Palin is impeached as vice president.

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  4. Pat says:

    twitterpaters — if she’s impeached, wouldn’t the President have the right to appoint a new VP? Isn’t that what Nixon did when Agnew stepped down?

  5. lestro says:

    yes, Pat, that is correct. The speaker only moves to the top spot if something happens to both the pres and vice pres at the same time.

  6. thank you both very much for the correction.

    and the prospect of “Vice President Lieberman” is definitely terrifying.

  7. TRUTHMENDER says:

    Why is it that no one wants to talk about Sarah the “lipstick pitbull” Palin’s lesbian experience in the parking lot of West Anchorage HS in 1982?! You won’t find that on talk radio. It’s not on FAUX news. It appears that the Alaskans that know her so well all seem to know about it. So why isn’t it news? That’s right, another spite of hypocritical ommittance by the religious right!

    Las Vegas, NV

  8. Truthmender,

    I would suspect that no one is talking about your allegation because you made it up out of thin air.

    I also think you don’t understand how forgiving the radical religious right is of their champions, and how it wouldn’t be hypocritical even if it was true.

    update: besides, if it was true, I have no doubt that the McCain/Palin campaign would spin it as a way to peddle more hate and discrimination.

  9. jesse says:

    Considering she’s got over an 80% approval ratings speaks for it’s self, you liberals should get over yourselves. Make up all the crap ya want, all the fake pictures, fake allegations, use the point her husband got a freakin DUI 22 years ago, she is mothering her daughters child yada yada yada, only shows yer scared and clawing for something,just anything,but’s it’s not gonna happen,sorry :o)

  10. jesse,

    it is interesting that you picked a post that lists news reports about the current investigations of Sarah Palin and her alleged corruption to make your comment.

    I would expect nothing less from a McCain/Palin supporter. Thank you for showing us just how stupid people have to be to in order to support that ticket.

  11. j{sic}sixty-6 says:

    desparate moves call for desparate people

  12. j{sic}sixty-6 says:

    there isnt anything FAKE about any of this.shes a peice of shit.mccain is a desparate corpse that needs to walk away from this promising was the weakest attempt in history to keep a woman 2nd in command.if a woman is going to be something ,she should start out in the front not the back.hillary lost,so why try the desparate move?sara palin has been a cunt abusing her power,and shes been caught.fake?that man-jaw havin bitch is fake.get over THAT..

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