You can tell the people in charge of these attacks just pulled this one out of thin air when the thought popped into their tiny pea brains. Palin has had her PAC for months and they're just now filing this complaint? If there were any hint of ethics violations involved, someone local in the Alaska political process would have filed one. The fact that these complaints can be filed so easily is a big problem. These people are abusing the system just to slander a Governor they don't agree with.
The response from Palin's office to this latest attack is below.
Latest Complaint Deemed Outrageous
Alarming New Development in Alaska Politics
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 09-95
Latest Ethics Complaint Deemed Outrageous April 22, 2009, Juneau, Alaska – The Office of the Governor today expressed outrage that yet another baseless ethics complaint has been filed as part of an alarming new development in Alaska politics.
“In the past several months, we have seen an orchestrated effort by the governor’s opponents to make differences of opinion and ideology almost criminal,” said Mike Nizich, the governor’s chief of staff. “Governor Palin has spent a considerable amount of time and money fighting ethics complaints – and no charge has been substantiated. I hope that the publicity-seekers will face a backlash from Alaskans who have a sense of fair play and proportion. I served six previous governors, and I’ve never seen anything like the attacks against Governor Palin.”
The latest ethics complaint against the governor alleges that she entered into a “contract” outside of her official duties in regard to a political action committee and that her recent trip to Indiana also conflicted with those duties.
“These allegations are categorically false and ridiculous, and are an abuse of the Executive Ethics Act,” Nizich said.
“We are blessed to live in a democracy in which everyone has the right to free speech, to petition their lawmakers, to vote, to run for office and, yes, to allege misconduct by public officials,” said Bill McAllister, the governor’s communications director. “But obviously the purpose of this complaint and the previous ones is to distract the administration and the public, and to paralyze the Department of Law and the executive branch.