Ethics complaints filed against Palin
By The Associated Press
A listing of known ethics complaints filed against Alaska Gov. Sarah
1. July 28, 2008: Alaska lawmakers launched an investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power when she fired
Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan over his refusal to let go a state trooper involved in a contentious divorce with
Palin's sister. Stephen Branchflower, a special counsel leading the investigation, concluded Oct. 10 that Palin violated a
state ethics law that prohibits public officials from using their office for personal gain. The firing itself was deemed lawful
since Monegan was an at-will employee.
2. Aug. 6, 2008: Complaint filed by outspoken Palin critic Andree McLeod of Anchorage contended Palin and some staff members
used their influence to get a Palin supporter a job in state government. Complaint alleged Palin staffers helped Tom Lamal,
who once co-hosted a Palin fundraiser, to get a job as a surveyor. Dismissed by state personnel board, although the board's
investigator recommended ethics training for one staffer who made questionable comments in e-mails.
3. Aug. 20, 2008: Complaint accused Palin of breaking election law by taking a public position on a mining ballot initiative
days before the vote. Filed by Brian Kraft, founder of the Bristol Bay Alliance, a group that opposed the Pebble Mine prospect.
Rejected May 8 by the Alaska Public Offices Commission.
Aug. 29, 2008: Palin named as John McCain's running mate. 4. Sept. 2, 2008: Palin filed a "self disclosure" with the state
personnel board over the Troopergate affair, saying a state legislative probe had become too political. On Nov. 3 -- the day
before the election -- Timothy Petumenos, a lawyer hired by the board, said that Palin violated no ethics laws when she fired
Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.
5. Sept. 3, 2008: Complaint by the Public Safety Employees Association alleged Palin or her staff had unauthorized access
to and improperly disclosed information from personnel records of Trooper Mike Wooten, Palin's ex-brother-in-law. Complaint
was later amended to include an allegation of harassment. The PSEA's allegations were investigated alongside Palin's filing
and also dismissed.
6. Oct. 13, 2008: Monegan asked the board for a hearing to clear his name. Petumenos, in his Nov. 3 Troopergate report
to the panel, said there was no legal basis or jurisdiction for such a hearing.
7. Oct. 23, 2008: Complaint with the Federal Election Commission by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics alleged the
$150,000-plus designer wardrobe the Republican Party bought to outfit Palin in her vice presidential quest violated Federal
Election Campaign Act. The Washington watchdog group argued that candidates aren't supposed to use donor money for personal
expenses. The FEC ruled May 19 that party money is not covered by the ban.
8. Oct. 24, 2008: Complaint contended Palin abused her power by charging the state when her children traveled with her.
The personnel board found no wrongdoing, but in a Feb. 23 settlement Palin agreed to reimburse the state about $10,000 for
costs associated with 10 trips found to be of questionable state interest among 72 travel authorizations studied. The money
is due to the state on Tuesday.
9. Nov. 14, 2008: Accused Palin of partisan "post-election damage control" for talking to reporters about the campaign
in her state office. Filed by Zane Henning, a North Slope worker from Wasilla, Palin's hometown. Dismissed by state personnel
board March 23.
10. Dec. 2, 2008: Alleged Palin violated ethics law by campaigning for Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia. Filed
by Anthony Martin of Talkeetna. Dismissed by state personnel board March 23.
11. Dec. 18, 2008: Complaint contended Palin misused funds of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, a quasi-government
entity, to promote her political ambitions with advertisements featuring her, violating ethics law. The ads promoting Alaska
seafood ran in the National Fisherman last year through November. Dismissed Jan. 12 after a personnel board investigation
determined Palin's only involvement was to give permission to use her image long before she was named McCain's running mate.
12. Jan. 12: Complaint alleging interference in a job hiring was filed under the name of Edna Birch, a busybody character
on the British soap opera Emmerdale. Palin's attorney, Thomas Van Flein, said no one by that name could be found living in
Alaska and the filer refused to use a real name, so the complaint was dismissed Feb. 20.
13. and 14. Jan. 26: Two complaints filed by McLeod alleged two of Palin's top aides misused their official positions for
Palin's personal and political gain. The complaints said then-press secretary Bill McAllister and Kris Perry -- director of
the governor's Anchorage office -- worked on state time to benefit Palin's interests during and after her vice presidential
15. March 18: Contended Palin improperly used state staff, property, time and equipment for partisan political purposes.
One of the grievances cited was Palin's posting of her veep candidacy on the official state governor's Web site -- http://gov.state.ak.us/archive.php?id=1439&type=1 Complaint filed by McLeod. Dismissed May 27 as lacking merit by personnel board May 27.
16. March 24: Contended conflict of interest by Palin because she wore Arctic Cat logo gear during the Tesoro Iron Dog
snowmobile race. Palin's husband, Todd, is sponsored by Arctic Cat in the race. Filed by Linda Kellen Biegel, a Democratic
blogger. Dismissed June 2.
17. April 22: Alleged that work with Palin's political action committee violated two provisions of the Alaska Executive
Branch Ethics Act by misusing her official position and accepting outside employment. Filed by Anchorage resident Sondra Tompkins.
Dismissed as lacking merit by state personnel board May 8.
18. April 27: Contends Palin is misusing the governor's office for personal gain by securing unwarranted benefits and receiving
improper gifts through the Alaska Fund Trust. The fund was recently established by supporters to help Palin pay off more than
$500,000 in legal debts stemming from other ethics complaints, including troopergate. Complaint filed by Eagle River resident,
Kim Chatman. Pending.