POLITICAL observations & opinions

* AP: Sarah Palin (illegally) had the state of Alaska fund her kids’ travel, and then lied on her expense reports

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 22, 2008

AP reports …

  • Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.
  • The charges included costs for hotel and commercial flights for three daughters to join Palin to watch their father in a snowmobile race, and a trip to New York, where the governor attended a five-hour conference and stayed with 17-year-old Bristol for five days and four nights in a luxury hotel.
  • In all, Palin has charged the state $21,012 for her three daughters’ 64 one-way and 12 round-trip commercial flights since she took office in December 2006. In some other cases, she has charged the state for hotel rooms for the girls.

LMW COMMENT: Another disgusting (and illegal) abuse of power by the governor of Alaska. Imagine this woman with access to the federal budget! How anyone could consider her worthy of a vote is beyond me. And again, remember how this reflects on John McCain’s judgment and his total lack of vetting before choosing Ms. Palin as his running mate. McCain’s decision-making approach is demonstrably horrible, as General Powell so ably pointed out.

Read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081022/ap_on_el_pr/palin_family_travel_14

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5 Responses to “* AP: Sarah Palin (illegally) had the state of Alaska fund her kids’ travel, and then lied on her expense reports”

  1. Dwayne P. said

    This article is ridiculous. She is the governor and she has small children. She can take the kids with her if she wants. The governor’s salary is not enough to be paying $20,000 out of pocket for their travel expenses. She is not some multi-millionaire born to money that she can just spend as she so pleases. This is the media picking at her and thats very clear. The travel expenses have gone down dramatically since she took office and that is the bottom line!! The private jet was sold at a loss but saves money in the long run!! Maintenence, Fuel, Pilot & Crew Salary, use of runway charges..all eliminated because
    of commercial flights. I can understand your point if this woman had 15 million in the bank before becoming governor…but she doesn’t.

  2. M Smith said

    Well I guess I really don’t care that she hauled her kids around for free My prediction for Shara Palin is the in 5 years she will be a T V Evanglist.Singing and playing her flute.I also think she will be advocating the succession of Alaska, at which time she will be crowned Queen and her husband King, and her kids dukes and duchesses.

  3. Chris said

    “Good luck I think you are going to need it”
    Apparently “Robert” hasn’t looked at the polls lately.

  4. Hey Robert… If I were you, I think I’d learn how to spell and use proper grammer before I posted something on line for the whole world to read! You might want to proof read, or maybe get a dictionary out and check your spelling. Must be a McCain/Palin thing??? If the truth be told (in which your candidates do not know how to do), the jet that she sold was at a loss to the state. She seems to be very good at spending other peoples money. Why don’t you try reading more about her. You may find out that she is not very honest. As for Obama, he has more true statements than McCain and Palin combined. Do your homework. If you’re able. P.S. Don’t believe everything you hear. Read, read, read! It makes a world of difference.

  5. Robert said

    Well I think if I was Alaskan I would be very happy that she traveled by comerical plane instead of the jet she sold. It looks like the news is digging deep to find anything on her. Hay how about asking Mr. Obama a few questions about what he has done. Who his friends are. Who had the fist coffee to start his carrer Oh and how about finding out how much money he is going to take from us working people and give to the non working to get their vote. Don’t forget ACORN. Oh well gues you will never ask him a hard question since you are with him all the way.

    Good luck I think you are going to need it.

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