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ANCHORAGE, Sept. 8 -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a "per diem" allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.

The governor also has charged the state for travel expenses to take her children on official out-of-town missions. And her husband, Todd, has billed the state for expenses and a daily allowance for trips he makes on official business for his wife.

Palin, who earns $125,000 a year, claimed and received $16,951 as her allowance, which officials say was permitted because her official "duty station" is Juneau, according to an analysis of her travel documents by The Washington Post.

The governor's daughters and husband charged the state $43,490 to travel, and many of the trips were between their house in Wasilla and Juneau, the capital city 600 miles away, the documents show.

Gubernatorial spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said Monday that Palin's expenses are not unusual and that, under state policy, the first family could have claimed per diem expenses for each child taken on official business but has not done so.

Before she became the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee, Palin was little known outside Alaska. Now, with the campaign emphasizing her executive experience, her record as mayor of Wasilla, as a state oil-and-gas commissioner and as governor is receiving intense scrutiny.

During her speech at the Republican National Convention last week, Palin cast herself as a crusader for fiscal rectitude as Alaska's governor. She noted that she sold a state-owned plane used by the former governor. "While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for," she said to loud applause.

Speaking from Palin's Anchorage office, Leighow said Palin dealt with the plane and also trimmed other expenses, including forgoing a chef in the governor's mansion because she preferred to cook for her family. The first family's travel is an expected part of the job, she said.

"As a matter of protocol, the governor and the first family are expected to attend community events across the state," she said. "It's absolutely reasonable that the first family participates in community events."

The state finance director, Kim Garnero, said Alaska law exempts the governor's office from elaborate travel regulations. Said Leighow: "The governor is entitled to a per diem, and she claims it."

The popular governor collected the per diem allowance from April 22, four days after the birth of her fifth child, until June 3, when she flew to Juneau for two days. Palin moved her family to the capital during the legislative session last year, but prefers to stay in Wasilla and drive 45 miles to Anchorage to a state office building where she conducts most of her business, aides have said.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR200809080 3088_pf.html




Palin's office may have some justification for the per diem charges. In Alaska though other politicans have run into serious trouble and had to resign for taking similar per diems for sleeping in one's own house. It is probably an issue Palin's office should have researched.

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In the past, per diem claims by Alaska state officials have carried political risks. In 1988, the head of the state Commerce Department was pilloried for collecting a per diem charge of $50 while staying in his Anchorage home, according to local news accounts. The commissioner, the late Tony Smith, resigned amid a series of controversies.

“It was quite the little scandal,” said Tony Knowles, the Democratic governor from 1994 to 2000. “I gave a direction to all my commissioners if they were ever in their house, whether it was Juneau or elsewhere, they were not to get a per diem because, clearly, it is and it looks like a scam - you pay yourself to live at home,” he said.

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LOL..this should be fun to watch as all the Sarah lovers come out of the woodwork to defend this.

 

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Guess the Bush people who wrote Palin's speech should have done a little checking.....or do they just think the entire country is stupid enough to buy the rhetoric?

 

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In so doing she saved the state of Alaska $80K yearly compared to prior administrations there. Try again.

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In so doing she saved the state of Alaska $80K yearly compared to prior administrations there. Try again.

[Edited on 9/9/2008 by RBK]
Is there some type of documentation that supports this fact and figure?

 

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  posted on 9/9/2008 at 12:54 PM
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In so doing she saved the state of Alaska $80K yearly compared to prior administrations there. Try again.

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Oh, ok. I rob a bank of $100k, you rob it of $50k, so we should let you go.

 

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In so doing she saved the state of Alaska $80K yearly compared to prior administrations there. Try again.

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Is there some type of documentation that supports this fact and figure?


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In so doing she saved the state of Alaska $80K yearly compared to prior administrations there. Try again.

[Edited on 9/9/2008 by RBK]
Is there some type of documentation that supports this fact and figure?


http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YTY4YjYyNzdjZmZmNzliY2I4MjM1YzYxYT M5MDUxNTI=


You know the last arithmetic example we saw from Jonah Goldberg he made the claim that the National Enquirer was a meritorious news source. Goldberg argues if Edward’s would have sued he would have lost as the NE wins the majority of its lawsuits. I presume Goldberg has the stats for this somewhere.

McCain threatened to sue the National Enquirer last week because of a story on Palin and adultery. McCain has decided not to sue. By Goldberg’s calculation that means the story about Palin is true. If you believe this calculation is wrong can you have faith in the one that you are using here? Perhaps it is time for you to find another source of information.



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“Whatever the merits of the whole Edwards love child story, are we really supposed to believe that one of America’s most famous trial lawyers wouldn’t sue a publication that printed defamatory and slanderous lies about him? Also, it’s worth pointing out that while the Enquirer may or may not be scrupulous in its choice of stories — that’s in the eye of the beholder — it is pretty scrupulous about its facts. They win lawsuits. They’ve broken a host of stories the MSM guys couldn’t.”


 

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  posted on 9/9/2008 at 01:36 PM
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Palin, who earns $125,000 a year, claimed and received $16,951 as her allowance, which officials say was permitted because her official "duty station" is Juneau, according to an analysis of her travel documents by The Washington Post.

The governor's daughters and husband charged the state $43,490 to travel, and many of the trips were between their house in Wasilla and Juneau, the capital city 600 miles away, the documents show.

Gubernatorial spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said Monday that Palin's expenses are not unusual and that, under state policy, the first family could have claimed per diem expenses for each child taken on official business but has not done so.



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Palin's office may have some justification for the per diem charges.


Weak stuff, yet again Swifty, and you're not even really a liberal. (See other thread)

You guys are aware that the state capital of Alaksa is Juneau by car or truck or road, right?? In this day of age of technology and being able to work almost anywhere, what is the point. The article states that there was nothing wrong with it.

Bottom line for the liberals and faux liberals - did Palin spend less and cut expenses overall compared to the previous administration or not?? Real simple, direct question.

 

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Weak stuff, yet again Swifty, and you're not even really a liberal. (See other thread)



I really doubt you know what a liberal is. We live in a capitalist country. To propose that liberals have the traits you assign them would ignore the fact that people who lean liberal and are very successful capitalists are concentrated in heavy blue states. On the one hand you call these people the elite and then you claim they are welfare spongers. Your brain is in dire need of remodeling.

 

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Weak stuff, yet again Swifty, and you're not even really a liberal. (See other thread)


But your premise is interesting because it means that everyone who supports Sarah Palin here is a socialist including you. You want to make that swap?

 

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  posted on 9/9/2008 at 02:03 PM
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Guess the Bush people who wrote Palin's speech should have done a little checking.....or do they just think the entire country is stupid enough to buy the rhetoric?


Unfortunately only about 51% of the Country has to be stupid enough. ALL OF THIS PALIN BS wouldn't matter much, except that her party and that guy she just met...whatshisname...McCain....have tried to put her out there as some sort of sainted soccermom with no skeletons in the closet, just a workin mom like so many Americans, with the same problems and daily life issues as you and me....just trying to get by. Yeah okay....as each one of these truths comes out, as they do and will with nearly all politicians, her platform is knocked down a little bit.

 

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Yeah okay....as each one of these truths comes out, as they do and will with nearly all politicians, her platform is knocked down a little bit.



Not if they successfully spin it that everyone is "picking on her." They did that in 2004 with Bush and it worked to a T.

 

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Caliming people were picking on Hillary didn't go over too well when it was floated. What's different about Palin? Beauty pageant credentials?

 

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Guess the Bush people who wrote Palin's speech should have done a little checking.....or do they just think the entire country is stupid enough to buy the rhetoric?


Yes.

 

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Palin, who earns $125,000 a year, claimed and received $16,951 as her allowance, which officials say was permitted because her official "duty station" is Juneau, according to an analysis of her travel documents by The Washington Post.

The governor's daughters and husband charged the state $43,490 to travel, and many of the trips were between their house in Wasilla and Juneau, the capital city 600 miles away, the documents show.

Gubernatorial spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said Monday that Palin's expenses are not unusual and that, under state policy, the first family could have claimed per diem expenses for each child taken on official business but has not done so.



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Palin's office may have some justification for the per diem charges.


Weak stuff, yet again Swifty, and you're not even really a liberal. (See other thread)

You guys are aware that the state capital of Alaksa is Juneau by car or truck or road, right?? In this day of age of technology and being able to work almost anywhere, what is the point. The article states that there was nothing wrong with it.

Bottom line for the liberals and faux liberals - did Palin spend less and cut expenses overall compared to the previous administration or not?? Real simple, direct question.


Here is a more simple and direct question: Can you answer whether or not she spent those nights at home or not? If she did, why is she claiming a per diem? Thats for when you are in a hotel, traveling etc. Its not for when you are going from one spacious home to your other spacious home.

 

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Caliming people were picking on Hillary didn't go over too well when it was floated. What's different about Palin? Beauty pageant credentials?


No, she's from the GOP. They're just better at playing the victim when they need to than the other side is.

 

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I left a word or two out above. What I meant to say was "You guys are aware that the state capital of Alaksa is Juneau and you cannot get there by car or truck or road, right??"

 

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What a bunch of Democratic bimbo y'all are, The money Palin got was "per diem" pay, and she was authorized to get this pay. If this is the best the Democrats can do in trying to find a scandal, y'all are bunch of "effing lightweights". Hell, I use to travel in my job, and if I was authorized to get "per diem", you can bet your sweet ass, I took it. Only a MORON would turn it down. Hell, Palin was doing what anyone else would do. She was authorized and she didn't break no laws in taking the "per diem". Oh well, let's see what else the "He Man, Woman Hater, We Love Obama" Club can come up with next. Hate to say it, but y'all are getting pretty sad.
 

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Palin's per diem charges are just another example of the way government finds creative ways to waste tax payer money. Palin was right there when the cake was offered. Whether she took a reduced portion or not she took the offering. Palin is not a maverick in any sense of the term. I'm surprised no one saw this.

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  posted on 9/9/2008 at 03:47 PM
Swifty,

Let me explain something, back in 2002 I had to work down in Newport News, Va (I live in Manassas, VA) for a year, and between "per diem" and "mileage" I made over $27,000 above and beyond my salary. From what I'm reading Palin did pretty much the same thing, she was authorized the "per diem" and the "miileage" and she took it. Any one of us in the same situation, would have done the same, and if you say differently then you're damn liar. Truth is, Palin did what she was authorized to do, and I can't blame the woman for doing so. To tell the truth, you would have done the same damn thing, and to bitch about it shows how "full of sh*t" you really are.

 

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I left a word or two out above. What I meant to say was "You guys are aware that the state capital of Alaksa is Juneau and you cannot get there by car or truck or road, right??"


I'm aware of that. What has that got to do with claiming per diem when she was at her home?
That's what I couldn't figure out. Why is she not living in the Governor's Mansion? They do have one in Juneau. I guess I've never been aware of someone taking the job that chooses not to live in the residence.

 

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Swifty,

Let me explain something, back in 2002 I had to work down in Newport News, Va (I live in Manassas, VA) for a year, and between "per diem" and "mileage" I made over $27,000 above and beyond my salary. From what I'm reading Palin did pretty much the same thing, she was authorized the "per diem" and the "miileage" and she took it. Any one of us in the same situation, would have done the same, and if you say differently then you're damn liar. Truth is, Palin did what she was authorized to do, and I can't blame the woman for doing so. To tell the truth, you would have done the same damn thing, and to bitch about it shows how "full of sh*t" you really are.


You do realize there is a presidential election going on? This is not about me or you but the policies of the candidates and whether they practice what they preach. This is an example of that. It’s an example of government waste and it seems that this is a pattern up in Alaska. They wine and dine off of pork paid for by the taxes of the lower 48. Palin’s more of a socialist than a conservative. What can I say. I’m not doing the sinning.


 

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  posted on 9/9/2008 at 04:18 PM
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.............you Palin Bashers must do better!
 

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  posted on 9/9/2008 at 04:26 PM
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I really doubt you know what a liberal is. We live in a capitalist country. To propose that liberals have the traits you assign them would ignore the fact that people who lean liberal and are very successful capitalists are concentrated in heavy blue states. On the one hand you call these people the elite and then you claim they are welfare spongers.



Swifty, as this Palin nom,ination continues to affect your critical thinking ability, where I have I called somebody "welfare spongers," or commented about folks who are welfare at all??

Wow, when it gets to the point where you are seeing and hearing things, not good.

Number two, you need to read up on and try and understand socialism.

Number three - and bottom line for the liberals and faux liberals on here - a simple and direct flippin' question - did Palin spend less and cut expenses overall compared to the previous administration or not??

DH

[Edited on 9/9/2008 by DerekFromCincinnati]

 

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