Thursday, May 28, 2009

Another ethics complaint dismissed, board is getting frustrated

We received more great news yesterday that another frivolous ethics complaint filed by angry people who want to take Palin down at any cost was dismissed. It's the 13th ethics complaint wherein Palin has been found not guilty of any ethics violations.
Alaska board dismisses Palin ethics complaint
By MARY PEMBERTON – 12 hours ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Another ethics complaint filed against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been dismissed.

The State Personnel Board on Wednesday dismissed the argument that Palin violated the Executive Branch Ethics Act in furthering her national political aspirations.

The complaint alleged that the governor used state staff to publish a press release announcing Palin as John McCain's running mate and that state resources were used for partisan political purposes.

The board, following the recommendation of an independent counsel, threw out the complaint for lack of merit.
On the heels of this dismissal, the Alaska Personnel Board vented their frustration over what appears to be blatant abuse of the system.
The personnel board members decided at a Wednesday meeting to work with the attorney general's office on how to make public the cost of addressing each ethics complaint, without violating the board's confidentiality rules.

"We've spent pretty close to about a third of a million dollars, and it's getting to be really expensive," said Al Tamagni, a member of the board.
The board is saying that the people filing these complaints are costing the state precious time and money. They are abusing a system that was put in place to ensure people holding public office would act ethically. They're wasting the taxpayers money in their quest to take Palin down, and they have no apologies and no regrets.

Andree McLeod, an Anchorage activist who has filed multiple ethics complaints against Palin and her staff, said after the meeting that the board is trying to squash accountability by saying it costs too much.

"The whole way to mitigate all this is for Palin to behave ethically," said McLeod, who filed the complaint that was dismissed by the board on Wednesday.
Palin HAS acted ethically. The complaints have been dismissed, and keep on getting dismissed. That's the point of what the board said - you're wasting the state's resources because none of these complaints are coming to fruition.

For activists like Andree McLeod, this is just a platform he's using to repeat the line given to him by whoever is leading this crusade: "Palin needs to act ethically and we'll stop filing complaints." To hell with the outcome, they're going to keep filing complaints no matter how much of a drain it is on the state. I wonder how much he's getting paid, and how far up this goes. Who is really behind this. They act like the Borg collective with how they repeat the same lines over and over. Creepy. I'm just happy these keep getting dismissed and the board is saying something about it.

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