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Sarah Palin Charged Alaska Taxpayers Over $21,000 To Take Her Kids on Her Trips

22 October 2008 at 10:48:12 AM

Let's get real here. I worked in the business world. I travelled. I did NOT take my kids. For one reason, it's because it is not professional. For a second reason, even IF I had wanted to take them, most travel would have disrupted them from school. Third, suppose that every corporate place I went was thrilled to have me bring kiddos-think I could have AFFORDED to take them?

Any female working in the corporate world knows just what I'm talking about. Men do not bring their children with them to corporate meetings or outings. Oh, I remember one family guy who brought his wife and children to a company outing in a different state, but they did NOT attend the meetings during the day and he saw them AT NIGHT.. WHEN there wasn't something the company planned as a team event. Heck, most of the time you couldn't even bring your spouse or SO along. And I'll bet that guy paid for his wife and kids; he certainly didn't expect the corporation to pay. Here's what Palin did.

As governor, Palin justified having the state pay for the travel of her daughters — Bristol, 17; Willow, 14; and Piper, 7 — by noting on travel forms that the girls had been invited to attend or participate in events on the governor's schedule.

But some organizers of these events said they were surprised when the Palin children showed up uninvited, or said they agreed to a request by the governor to allow the children to attend.

Yeah, and who's going to turn the Governor down if she asks if her kids can attend, EVEN IF IT WASN'T EXPECTED.

Several other organizers said the children merely accompanied their mother and did not participate. The trips enabled Palin, whose main state office is in the capital of Juneau, to spend more time with her children.

There's another reason I also didn't bring or attempt to bring kids into the working world and that reason is sexist bias. I always believed that if the managers thought that you, as a female, thought more of your family than your company (ala Man in the Gray Flannel Suit), you might get passed over for promotions or travel opportunities that could lead to promotions (more subtle but if you don't go on the opportunities that let you shine, someone else might go and get the promo). More.

In October 2007, Palin brought daughter Bristol along on a trip to New York for a women's leadership conference. Plane tickets from Anchorage to La Guardia Airport for $1,385.11 were billed to the state, records show, and mother and daughter shared a room for four nights at the $707.29-per-night Essex House hotel, which overlooks Central Park.

How Chi-Chi. Over $700 bucks a night. In October. I guess Bristol wasn't attending school at that point, eh?

The event's organizers said Palin asked if she could bring her daughter.

Alexis Gelber, who organized Newsweek's Third Annual Women & Leadership Conference, said she does not know how Bristol ended up attending. Gelber said invitees usually attend alone, but some ask if they can bring a relative or friend.

Here in Texas, I read a few months back about some Texas Legislators, including our State Senator Kip Averitt, using the state plane to travel around. I didn't like it then, and felt that it was a misuse of taxpayer money to do that. Surely Alaskans feel the same way.

Or is it the case that the more comes out about Palin, the more it's apparent that the whole Schtick was All Marketing.

update: ethics complaint filed against her.

CBS News has obtained a copy of the complaint that Frank Gwartney, a retired lineman in Anchorage filed last Friday, with Alaska’s Attorney General, Talis Colber in Juneau. “Palin ran on the platform of ethics, transparency and anti-corruption. I’m tired of the hypocrisy that exists in Government and people need to know the truth,” said Gwartney.

The complaint against Governor Palin, alleges Misuse of Official Position: “Gov. Palin attempted to and in fact did use her official position for personal gain by securing unwarranted benefits for her daughters...” All the allegations contained in the complaint are related to state reimbursed travel.

In Alaska, ethics complaints filed against the Governor are confidential. “We can neither confirm nor refute that a complaint has been filed against Governor Sarah Palin. Any complaint remains confidential unless the person being charged waives confidentiality or if the complaint progresses to the state of probable cause,” Assistant District Attorney, Dave Jones told CBS News.

Bristol, Piper and Willow, Palin’s daughters, accrued $32,629 in travel expenses while Palin’s husband Todd raked up $22,174 - all billed to the state for a total of $54,803.00.

“The Governor’s office has expended $54,803.00 in Alaska state dollars for family travel since December 2006,” according to the Governor’s Administrative Services Director, Linda Perez. “

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