- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin reported that she has received at least $1.25 million for her hugely anticipated upcoming memoir, “Going Rogue.”

A disclosure statement released Tuesday discusses Mrs. Palin’s finances from Jan. 1 to July 27, when she resigned as governor of Alaska. Mrs. Palin says she received the money from publisher HarperCollins for the book.

The document provides only a partial picture of the book deal because it doesn’t cover the three months she has been out of office. Mrs. Palin doesn’t elaborate on her book compensation, describing the $1.25 million figure only as a “retainer,” a word rarely used in publishing.

Her personal spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton, declined to provide more details of the book deal.

“The Governor has complied with Alaska disclosure law by her filing,” she said in an e-mail Tuesday. “Now, as a private citizen, her business dealings, including her publishing agreement, are confidential.”

It’s likely she will make more money when all is said and done. “Going Rogue” catapulted to No. 1 on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com after HarperCollins announced in late September it had moved up the release date of 1.5 million copies from spring to Nov. 17.

Mrs. Palin will appear on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” the day before the release of her book, which currently is No. 6 on Amazon.com and No. 11 on BarnesandNoble.com.

Mrs. Palin mostly has been out of the public eye while working with the ghostwriter for her book.

Since resigning, she’s made only a few public appearances, including a September speech before investors in Hong Kong. She also attended the welcome-home ceremony in Fairbanks for soldiers, including her son Track, and appeared at a gun-rights event in Anchorage. She’s maintained a larger presence on Facebook, posting occasional messages to almost 950,000 fans, the latest posted Monday night announcing her support of conservative candidates in New Jersey and Virginia.

In the disclosure filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, Mrs. Palin also reported collecting $73,000 as governor in 2009 as well as $6,370.80 in per diem during her final months in office. Her annual salary as governor was $125,000.

In the same time period, Mrs. Palin’s husband, Todd, earned nearly $34,100 as a production operator for oil giant BP PLC in Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay oil field — a job he quit in September. The disclosure says he also made about $32,260 in the family’s commercial fishing business, $3,500 in snowmobile race winnings and a $3,252 snowmobile discount from racing sponsor Arctic Cat.

Mrs. Palin listed her attorney among debts of more than $1,000, noting “legal fees to fight false allegations while governor.” Mrs. Palin has said her family racked up more than $500,000 in legal fees stemming from multiple ethics complaints filed against her, almost all of which were dismissed.

The disclosure lists checks totaling $5,750 that Mrs. Palin has received from individuals from outside Alaska, including two dating from her time last year as the running mate of Republican presidential nominee John McCain.

“Checks have not been cashed,” a handwritten note says in the disclosure. “They’ve either been, or will be, returned via volunteers assisting with mail and communications.”

Gifts listed include a $550 knife set made with snowmobile parts, women’s hunting gear valued at $469.95 and, from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, $4,250 worth of tickets to a New York Yankees game and airfare for Mrs. Palin, her husband and their daughter Willow.

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