Palin Reform Agenda Includes $25,000 In Lobbyist Gifts

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What a reformer. This ranks up there with Palin installing a tanning bed into the Governor’s mansion.

From the Washington Post, Palin Accepted $25,000 in Gifts, Alaska Records Show

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has made a crackdown on gift-giving to state officials a centerpiece of her ethics reform agenda, has accepted gifts valued at $25,367 from industry executives, municipalities and a cultural center whose board includes officials from some of the largest mining interests in the state, a review of state records shows.

The 41 gifts Palin accepted during her 20 months as governor include honorific tributes, expensive artwork and free travel for a family member. They also include more than $2,500 in personal items from Calista, a large Alaska native corporation with a variety of pending state regulatory and budgetary issues, and a gold-nugget pin valued at $1,200 from the city of Nome, which lobbies on municipal, local and capital budget matters, documents show.

About a quarter of the entities bestowing gifts on the governor are represented by one of Alaska’s most influential mining lobbyists, who said in an interview that she was not involved in the tributes. The lobbyist, Wendy Chamberlain, has a relationship with the governor’s family through the friendship of their teenage daughters.

On forms disclosing the gifts, Palin, who is the Republican vice presidential nominee, routinely checked “no” when asked whether she was in a position to “take official action that may affect the person who gave me the gift,” and a spokeswoman for Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign said the gifts had no undue influence on her.[snip]

Records show that 23 of the gifts were offered during Palin’s early months in office, when she was pushing the legislature to address a state corruption scandal by passing a package of ethics reforms. She accepted 18 gifts after the law passed in July 2007. Among other provisions, the law forbade executive branch officials from taking gifts from lobbyists or from interests with pending state business.

Read more about Palin’s Lobbyist Ties.

One Community Comment, Facebook Comments

  1. Go Blue says:

    she might have a reasonable answer for all this… like her foreign policy creds answer during the CBS Evening News interview.

    See! Taking that logic into account, Palin’s close encounters with lobbyist now makes her, you know… um, a kind of a maverick, yeah… that can take on lobbyist just like John McCain takes on lobbyist!  

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