Palin legal defense fund ruled illegal
Thursday’s findings are an outgrowth from a preliminary, confidential report by another board investigator that also implicated Mrs. Palin. The earlier report was issued less than two weeks after she announced she was resigning from office last July.
In announcing her resignation, Mrs. Palin cited the toll of the ethics probes as one of the reasons she was stepping down. She has said she racked up at least $500,000 in legal fees.
Mrs. Palin’s friends and supporters created the Alaska Fund Trust in April 2009, limiting donations to $150 per person. The ethics complaint was filed soon after by Eagle River resident Kim Chatman, who said Mrs. Palin was misusing her official position and accepting improper gifts.
Petraeus to testify on Hill next week
A Senate panel is moving quickly to hold a confirmation hearing for Gen. David H. Petraeus as the new commander for the war in Afghanistan. The Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing for the Army four-star general next Tuesday.
Both Republicans and Democrats have said they back Gen. Petraeus for the job. He would replace Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who resigned after he and his aides were quoted in a magazine article making scornful remarks about the administration.View Entire Story
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