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Posts Tagged ‘ethics’

An Open Letter To Congressman Darrell Issa: On Ethics, Let Sarah Palin Be Your Guide

Posted by Gary P Jackson on January 4, 2011

Gary P Jackson

Darrell Issa is the tough talking Republican Congressman from Vista, California who will head the powerful Congressional Oversight Committee in the brand new 112th Congress. Since the election in November, Congressman Issa has been sending strong signals that he intends to give his power of subpoena quite the workout, holding officials in the Obama regime accountable for their misdeeds and unethical behavior.

Late Sunday the Los Angeles Times posted an article that would appear in Monday’s print edition noting that Issa has pledged to find some $200 billion in government waste.

There are plenty stories of the Congressman’s desire to stop waste, fraud and abuse, so imagine my horror when I saw this headline over at The Blaze:

Politics As Usual: Rep Issa Says Sestak Offer Was ‘Obama’s Watergate’… ‘Criminal Event’… And We Are Totally Not Investigating Because Bush Did it Too

The video at the link is from Congressman Issa’s appearance on CNN’s State of the Union. Now the host is the typical lamestream media hack, and at first appeared to really be putting a lot of words in the Congressman’s mouth. But as I watched the video, four times total, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

The conversation is about the fact that democrat senatorial candidate Joe Sestak was offered a position within the Obama regime in return for not running against turncoat Arlen Specter in the primary, after democrat turned Republican, Specter, went back where he belonged, to the democrat party after realizing he could no longer win as a Republican. [Turns out he couldn’t win as a democrat either!]
Sestak would beat Specter only to lose to Conservative Pat Toomey in November.

Here’s the problem with Sestak. It’s a felony to offer someone something of value to drop out of a political contest. This is usually done by the Executive Branch, by offering up an ambassadorship, or some other position, or advisory role to a person.

Doesn’t matter if it’s a paid or unpaid position. It’s illegal. Of course, from a money standpoint, either way these shenanigans cost the taxpayers money, wasted money, which is supposedly in Congressman Issa’s wheelhouse. He certainly says it is.

What troubles me about the Congressman is the fact that he acknowledges this is a crime, even as he backs away from talk of impeachment. Sadly, like most politicians, he splits the difference, saying it’s Obama’s Watergate, but backing away from impeachment talk. [Watergate, of course, was an impeachable offense]

** Please note, I’m not advocating impeachment, at this time.

His biggest excuse for saying he’s not going to do anything about this is because someone in the Bush administration, who he doesn’t name, nor is he sure of when it happened, is supposed to be guilty of the same thing.

That’s sorta lame, even for a politician, but especially so for someone who has been talking very tough when it comes to oversight and reform. You gotta walk it like ya talk it, or you lose the beat.

As our mothers told us at a very young age, two wrongs don’t make a right!
Put another way, if someone in the Bush administration really committed this crime, the answer is NOT to excuse the Obama regime, but to go after whoever committed the crime in the Bush administration, AS WELL!

Look, in the grand scheme of things, what Obama and his people did with Sestak is small potatoes, and the man didn’t even take the bait. In fact, Sestak blew the whistle on the whole thing himself! What matters is this signals that Issa may be just another one of the “good old boys” in the Ruling Class who is quite happy to look the other way even if the offenses are a felony.

Not the start to the 112th Congress we were hoping for.

In fact, if you read the L.A. Times piece, here, it seems Issa may be softening his stance on Obama, who he once called “one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times.” Of the regime, Issa also stated: “They’ve played fast and loose with the money Congress gave them.

All of this is true. In fact I think it’s an easy case to make that Obama is the most corrupt American President in history. The worst we’ve had in the 234 year history of the Republic.

Look, I want to say right now that I don’t think Congressman Darrell Issa is a bad man, or a corrupt man. I think he’s misguided, and has been a member of the “good old boys club” for way too long. This is why we STRONGLY support strict term limits for all elected officials. Even the best of the best can be ruined by spending too much time in one office, especially in Washington.

With that said,  I have some very simple and important advice for Congressman Issa:

Sir, if you really and truly want to clean up Washington. I mean really clean it up, reform it, and get rid of those who lie, cheat, and steal, wasting money at ever step along the way, go after EVERYBODY!

I’ve been a long time supporter of Governor Sarah Palin. Long before most of America had heard her name. In fact, not long after she became the Governor of Alaska. I write this to help you understand that one of the things that immediately caught my attention, and has held it ever since, is her long and storied career as a reformer. A real reformer.

Now anyone can reform a thing or two, and score big points by taking on corrupt members of the other party. It takes real cojones to go after members of your own party, some who are your friends, and maybe even mentors.

One of the earliest stories that sets Sarah Palin apart from the crowd, comes from her early days as a member of the Wasilla city council. We all know Wasilla is a small city now, and was even smaller before Sarah became Mayor, and grew the place. Wasilla didn’t even have a police force until a group of young forward thinking leaders decided to run for office, recruiting Sarah to run with them. One of these leaders, a fellow named Nick Carney, recruited her to run.

Not knowing the man personally, what I have read leads me to believe he isn’t a really bad guy, and he was certainly an early mentor of Sarah’s. Stephen Mansfield, in his book, The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin, describes the situation well.

Carney, who had retired early as a state employee had found himself in Wasilla. Besides lacking a police force, Wasilla also lacked a garbage hauling service, as do many small towns nationwide. The residents of Wasilla were stuck hauling their own garbage to the dump. Being an entrepreneur, Carney saw a need and quickly filled it, offering up his services to one and all. Life was good.

As Mansfield writes in his must read book, it wasn’t long before Sarah and Carney would be butting heads on certain issues. This shocked Carney, as he thought, that as a rookie politician, Sarah would understand the most important commodity in politics is loyalty.

As she gained more confidence, she began showing she understood the REAL most important commodity in politics is principle, and the ability to put it above anything else. Including the friendship of someone who considered her their protégé.

What got Sarah and Carney sideways? Well, in what probably seemed reasonable to Carney and some others on the city council, including Mayor John Stein, Carney is said to have spearheaded a drive to create a city ordinance that would force residents to have their garbage hauled away by, wait for it, Nick Carney’s garbage hauling business!

As Sarah and others saw it, this was a clear case of conflict of interest in which Carney’s company stood to make some serious money over time. For the record, Carney denies this is the way it went down, claiming he recused himself from the issue, but was brought in by other council members as a “consultant.”
Yeah, OK.

Now us city dwellers are used to paying to have our garbage hauled away, and even paying a fee if we take things to the dump ourselves. But in most cases, this is done by city workers or in some cases private companies who won the contract through competitive bid. Either way, the billing is done through the city. No way a city council member, in a normal city, would get away with creating a law giving his company the exclusive rights, and forcing the citizens to pay for his services.

Yeah, I know, in the grand scheme of things, much like the Sestak situation, this thing with Carney isn’t a huge deal, but it was to the citizens of Wasilla. It also serves to point out that even with little things, principle matters more than anything. Especially party loyalty.

People who know the Sarah Palin story know she would take these solid principles with her through two terms as Mayor, her time as the Chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and Governor.

Of course the most famous story of Sarah Palin as a reformer comes from her time as the powerful Chairman of the oil and gas commission. It wasn’t long before she uncovered all sorts of misdeeds, some minor, some so criminal the FBI would soon be investigating, and corrupt politicians would be going to prison. Corrupt REPUBLICAN politicians.

One of the more minor, but still serious issues, surrounded fellow commissioner Randy Ruedrich, who was, and still is, the Chairman of the Alaska Republican Party. It seems Ruedrich, instead of doing his job as an oil ad gas commissioner, was spending his time, and state resources, doing Republican Party business instead. This would result in Ruedrich having to pay the largest fine in state history, $12,000 to be exact. This was small stuff, but significant anyway, and a crime.

Sarah who as Chairman was in charge of ethics, was soon tipped off of several troubling criminal situations within the agency and in the oil business. These were buddies of then Governor Frank Murkowski, who called themselves the “Corrupt Bastards Club” finding it hilarious after an angered Alaskan, upon learning of massive corruption, called a group of them “corrupt bastards” after running into them at a local eatery.

These cats looked at this as a badge of honor [among thieves] and actually had caps made up proudly telling the world they were members of the “Corrupt Bastards Club”! If you ever hear Sarah Palin mention the “CBC” while talking about dirty Alaska politics, this is who she’s talking about.

Anyhow, as it happens, all of this led straight to her boss, Frank Murkowski’s door step. For those not familiar, after Sarah was term limited as Mayor, looking for the next challenge, she ran for Lt Governor and lost a squeaker. However, it got her really noticed statewide as a star, which led to newly elected Governor Murkowski appointing her to the Chairmanship of the AOGCC.

The situation there was obviously a mess.

On top of everything else, Sarah was approached by the state’s Attorney General and warned if she went public with the major corruption she had uncovered, she herself would face criminal charges!

Now one has to remember, that Sarah and Todd Palin don’t come from money. Both of their families were just common folks. Todd had a good job working on the North Slope, but being the head of a powerful state agency paid well, and they had four kids to raise at the time. They were making the most money they ever had, and doing the right thing, going public, was considered “political suicide.”

This was a tough spot. A go along, get along “good old boy” would have looked the other way to save their own career.

What did Sarah do? She resigned and went public, of course, not really caring that it was supposedly the end of her political career, and the loss of a six figure income to boot.

It would be this integrity and loyalty to principle over party politics [as these were Republicans] that would see Sarah not only survive but thrive, ending up as the Governor when the next election came around, beating Murkowski in a landslide during the primary and a former popular democrat Governor soundly in the general election.

Sarah would take this tough stand on principle with her to the Governor’s office as she would battle Big Oil, and other corruption.

A funny side story. As both Sarah and Frank Murkowski ran for Lt Governor and Governor at the same time, and Murkowski was a long term and sitting United States Senator, many thought that Murkowski should, and would, as Governor, appoint Sarah as Senator, filling his unexpired term. Instead Murkowski would appoint his daughter Lisa instead.

Had Papa Frank appointed Sarah, instead of his daughter to the United States Senate, the CBC would still be up and running, Murkowski might still be Governor, and the federal prison system would be less filled with Alaskan politicians. By appointing her as AOGCC Chairman, Murkowski hired his own [political] assassin!

I tell that story, because it reminds me of the situation that arose after the 2008 presidential election. After the McCain campaign lost, Sarah Palin had every intention to go home and continue being one of the most successful and popular Governors in the country, sadder …. but wiser.

The problem is, Barack Obama and “Alaskan” Pete Rouse, who is now Obama’s Chief of Staff, had created a group of thugs to harass Sarah during the election, and after seeing how well she resonated with the American people, the order was given to not only keep it up, but put the coals to it. Full speed ahead!

It was the continuous bogus ethics complaints that were bankrupting Sarah personally, and costing the Alaska tax payers millions as well, that would lead Sarah to make the decision to not seek a second term as Governor, and resign from her four year term a year and a couple of months early. This would save the Alaska tax payers millions of dollars, and keep her from going personally bankrupt.

Remember, at the time, Sarah had a $500,000 personal legal bill fighting all of the bogus complaints [all of which were dismissed] that she had to pay from a salary as Governor of $125,000 a year.And had she stayed, the complaints would have continued, and possibly increased.

Our readers who are familiar with the situation know Obama’s Alaska Mafia had turned filing bogus ethics complaints into a game. Even filing complaints using the names of TV characters as the complainants!

Much like Papa Frank, Barack Obama sowed the seeds of his own demise, and created the opportunity for the one who is helping bring him down. By forcing Sarah Palin to resign as Governor in order to save the state from being pillaged by thugs with an agenda, she had nothing but free time on her hands to become the nation’s strongest leader, and the front runner to take Obama’s job in 2012.

Oh, and as a tribute to Sarah, on December 22, 2010 a new law took effect in Alaska that would make the state cover all legal expenses for the Executive, should they ever be harassed by thugs with bogus “ethics” complaints, further vindicating her for doing the right thing.

Congressman Issa, in case you are wondering why I told you this long story [though it should be obvious] not only is standing on principles the right things to do, and worth doing for the sake of doing what’s right, all by itself, it can also lead to bigger and better things.

Sarah Palin has been committing “political suicide” since her earliest days in politics, now she stands at the very summit of the national scene, poised to our next President. And she didn’t do it because it was easy, politically expedient, or a career builder. In fact it would normally be anything but. But she stuck to doing what was right, no matter what.

Millions admire Sarah Palin for a lot of reasons, but the thing that has people shouting her name loudly is her principles. She’s a principled Reagan Conservative, and more importantly an honorable public servant, a rare commodity these days.
Congressman Issa, we want to believe that you, and men like you, have the same desire to be honorable public servants. To look out for the people, and root out corruption in Government.

We WANT to believe it!

The problem is, one can’t just talk the talk, one must walk the walk. One must walk it every day.

Washington is a holy mess of corruption and yes, evil. This corruption and evil is not exclusive to one political party, as there are bad apples in both. Too many people looking out for themselves rather than the American people who elected them, and sadly, they use tax payer’s hard earned money to further their corruption.

Whether it’s funneling money to buddies back home through no-bid contacts, using tax payer dollars to bribe fellow members of Congress for votes on rotten and dangerous legislation, or offering up a job to drop out of a political contest to help out a friend, it’s all bad.

Some of these are actual crimes, others damned sure should be. All are immoral and steal from the American people, and tarnish the legacy and ideals that are the United States.

This is why I implore you Congressman Issa, in the strongest terms possible, when it comes to ethics and corruption busting, use Sarah Palin as your guide on how to proceed.

It shouldn’t matter whether a person is your best friend or worst enemy. Doesn’t matter what party he or she is from. If you find someone breaking the law, or doing something even a little suspicious, it’s not only your job, but your sworn duty to do something to stop it, and if warranted, prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

Oh, you’ll piss people off. You’ll make enemies left and right with everyone. Everyone that is, except the American people. You get serious and do what is right, and you will have the American people standing with you through thick and thin.

Thanks to the corrupt, inept, and in some cases EVIL people who are running things in Washington, our Republic, the greatest nation the world has ever known, is on the verge of collapse.

These people have sacrificed the nation that brave men and women have fought and died for, just to feather their own nests. We are at a point now that we simply cannot survive if this continues.

Congressman Issa, in order to save the Republic, one cannot be timid or tender. This is going to take a man of steel nerve and rock solid reserve. Someone who will not be swayed by friendships or party allegiance. Someone who will do what is right, no matter the personal cost.

If America is to be saved, not one single corrupt politician can be spared, They must all go. If need be, we can always build more prisons to hold them. That would be stimulus money well spent!

We are counting on you. You talked a big game before you were re-elected to another term, and made Chairman of one of the most essential congressional committees. You are charged with overseeing how the federal government operates, and making sure it is done in an ethical manner. The American people have, through the election process, put a lot of faith in you, and given you an awesome power to do what is right.

Sarah Palin is fond of saying there are two sorts of politicians, those who eat well, and those who sleep well. Now is the time for you to decide what sort you will be, fat, or content knowing you have done the right thing.

You only get one shot to do the right thing. Do not let the American people down.

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Sarah Palin: The Ethos of Ethics

Posted by Ron Devito on December 3, 2009

Following is the complete transcript of Thomas Van Flein’s post on Governor Palin’s Facebook Notes page pertaining to frivolous ethics complaints:

When the Governor announced her decision to resign on July 3, she
pointed out the then 15 frivolous ethics complaints that had been filed
against her and dismissed. It was intended to explain, in part, her
decision to resign as well to educate the public about the abuse of the
Alaska Ethics Act through a repetitive stream of baseless partisan
accusations, each one seemingly more pointless and frivolous than the
next. The Governor’s message was not intended as an invitation to run
off half-cocked and file more baseless ethics complaints, but not
everyone understood that message—or wanted to understand. In August
2009, largely in response to the abuse of Alaska’s Ethics Act by
partisan shills and low level lackeys, the Attorney General issued an
opinion recommending changes to the Ethics Act ”to prevent another
potential harm—abuse of the process. Some Alaskans have argued that the
Ethics Act has been used inappropriately in some circumstances to
politically damage the subject of the complaint.” (August 5, 2009
Attorney General Opinion). That argument was asserted by the Anchorage
Daily News. “Our View: Abuse of Ethics Complaints Turns Good Law Into
Bad Politics,” Anchorage Daily News, May 3, 2009. The Attorney General
further recommended “another safeguard to discourage habitual complaint
filers who use the Ethics Act process to harass executive branch
employees. Statutory amendments could provide authority to the
personnel board to decline to process further complaints filed by a
person who has abused the Act in this way.” Though it is encouraging to
see an impartial evaluation of the problem, it is ultimately up to the
Legislature to implement any of these recommended changes. Governor
Palin has been subjected to 24 ethics complaints, several lawsuits, and
dozens and dozens of public information act requests, few of which
raised even a scintilla of a good faith issue, and most of which were
simply done to garner a headline or promote opposition research for
political gain (Van Flein, 2009, ¶1).

Recently we learned that two more ethics complaints against Governor Palin have been dismissed—complaints that were filed after
the Governor announced her plans to step down. One complaint asserted
that it was unethical for the state to follow its own per diem
regulations and pay per diem to the Governor as set forth by law. Of
course, the complainant conveniently overlooked that the Governor and
her family received less per diem than they were entitled to under
State law—why let such details stand in the way of an ethics complaint?
The other complaint that was dismissed asserted that the Governor,
through me, supposedly violated the constitution because we informed a
person who falsely implied that the Governor was “under investigation”
by the FBI, that such statements are defamatory. It is notable to watch
those who agitate on all things Palin—locally and even across the
Atlantic—as they Huff and puff falsehoods about Sarah Palin under the
guise of free speech, which brings us to a teachable moment. All too
often we hear about constitutional rights—as we should—but many forget
about constitutional responsibilities. As citizens we have both rights
and responsibilities. Though we have the right to exercise free speech,
we have the responsibility to exercise that right without defaming
people. I like the way our Alaska Constitution describes it: “Every
person may freely speak, write, and publish on all subjects, being
responsible for the abuse of that right.” Ak. Const. Art. I, Sec. 5.
The irony of filing an ethics complaint because of a reminder about the
constitutional parameters of free speech is no doubt lost on those
consumed by irrationality when it comes to Sarah Palin; but one does
not need an ethics law to know that positive political discourse
depends on a robust debate about facts and the policy implications
stemming from such facts. The nation is not helped by calumnious ad hominem attacks against Sarah Palin, matrilineal conspiracy theories, and aberrant notions of ethics (Van Flein, 2009, ¶2).

– Thomas Van Flein, Personal Attorney for Sarah Palin


Van Flein, T. (2009, December 3). The ethos of ethics. Facebook, Sarah Palin. Retrieved December 3, 2009 from:

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Randy Evans: Palin’s Trust Fund Does Not Violate “Any Law – State, IRS, or Federal”

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 31, 2009

Ethics expert Randy Evans attested to the legality of Sarah Palin’s legal defense fund, which he created, in an op-ed published yesterday in the Fayette County News. Attorney Evans disclosed that “the Alaska Fund Trust, was drafted and created to mirror the language used by the John Kerry Trust fund,” and he says “the Alaska Perkins Coie attorney found that the trust fund document (which it had drafted for John Kerry) was in fact ILLEGAL. In Attorney Evans’s opinion, “the only illegality in the matters surrounding the Alaska Fund Trust is the illegal leak of the ‘CONFIDENTIAL REPORT” in direct violation of Alaska law.”

Randy Evans also wrote an op-ed about Sarah Palin on The Political Vine during the 2008 election. In it he discussed the obstacles women have faced in politics and the criticisms that have been (and continue to be) leveled at Sarah Palin. A memorable quote from his article is this: “Barriers are built over time and they do not fall easily. Sometimes, it takes a political earthquake. Hurricane Hillary meet Earthquake Palin – it is a new day in American politics.” A new day indeed!

A blogger at the Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that at breakfast at the state GOP convention in Savannah yesterday morning, the GOP chairman announced that Attorney Evans would no longer serve as legal counsel for the Georgia GOP Party. As Jim Galloway reports, “Evans was leaving her for Sarah Palin, she said.” According to Galloway, Evans acknowledged that he is “now doing legal work for Palin” but declined to state in what capacity.

This led to a lot of speculation in the blogosphere about the role that Attorney Evans will play. However, Sean Cockerham at the Alaska Daily News, which habitually publishes slanted headlines and articles critical of Sarah Palin, reported that he had questioned Meg Stapleton, who said that Attorney Evans was one of several attorneys consulted to make certain that the Alaska Trust Fund met legal standards but that he was not working for Sarah Palin.

Celtic Diva, who runs the Blue Oasis blog and is a bitter opponent of Sarah Palin, is up in the air about Attorney Evans’s involvement. She blogged, “Sarah Palin has hired the biggest gun YET” and called Evans “the equivalent of a legal bazooka.” It appears the anklebiters are afraid their little game is just about to be over.

Whatever his role will be, Governor Palin couldn’t have asked for a more qualified attorney to be involved. Attorney Evans has a formidable resume and is a prolific writer and frequent speaker on ethics in government and politics. Evans has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America.” If he does indeed serve as legal counsel for Sarah Palin, as he has for many other political figures, including Newt Gingrich and Dennis Hastert, her cause, and ultimately, that of the country she loves, will be well-served.


The Palin trust fund: the rest of the story

Fayette County News

By Randy Evans

Having created The Alaska Fund Trust, I can tell you that the suggestions of illegality referenced in various Associated Press stories (which were then repeated on various cable news stories) are absolutely untrue. The truth of the matter is that the trust, which was created to help pay and defray the legal expenses associated with endless frivolous attacks against former Gov. Sarah Palin, was specifically patterned after a number of well recognized legal expense fund trusts of prior Presidential candidates as well as other high profile public servants – both Democratic and Republican.

As with the other trusts (which were subject to intense media scrutiny as well as scrutiny by well-financed political opponents and experienced lawyers of both parties), there is and was no impropriety in the creation or operation of the trust and any suggestion to the contrary is candidly absurd.

So, as Paul Harvey would have put it – here is the rest of the story.

The Alaska Fund Trust, was drafted and created to mirror the language used by the John Kerry Trust fund (named the “Fund for Truth and Honor”). This was by design (although the name “The Alaska Fund Trust” was not as clever). The idea was that if it was good enough for the leading Democratic candidate for President of the United States, then it should be good enough for the Republican Vice Presidential candidate.

Here is what the media does not report. The John Kerry Trust Fund was drafted and created by a very well respected international law firm named Perkins Coie, a huge presence in Washington, D.C. Indeed, Perkins Coie is the lead counsel for the Democratic National Committee, President Obama, and many other national Democratic leaders. Its website touts its reach and expertise in political law matters on behalf of a virtual who’s who of Democratic politics.

Given its expertise, when an outside firm was selected to spearhead the investigation of The Alaska Fund Trust, it was not surprising that Perkins Coie’s Alaska office would be selected. Aside from the political implications of having President Obama’s and the Democratic National Committee’s law firm review a trust aimed at helping with the legal expenses associated with defending the Republican Vice Presidential nominee, the Perkins Coie firm seemed like a reasonable choice. (Of course, this is like saying, other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?)

Then came the surprise. On July 14, 2009, eleven (11) days after Palin announced that she would resign, the Alaska Perkins Coie attorney submitted his conclusions about the Alaska Fund Trust. In a “CONFIDENTIAL” report (that was promptly leaked to the media in violation of Alaska law), the Alaska Perkins Coie attorney found that the trust fund document (which it had drafted for John Kerry) was in fact ILLEGAL.

Make no mistake, the Alaska Fund Trust is the exact same structure and fund created for and used by President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State and former Presidential candidate (then Senator) Hillary Clinton, former Presidential candidate (then House Minority Leader) Richard Gephardt (also represented by Perkins Coie), Senator Ted Stephens, and many, many others – from both political parties. (At the time of its creation, the Alaska Fund Trust posted all of these trust fund documents on the Alaska Fund Trust website for easy comparison and validation.)

So how could President Obama’s law firm conclude that the trust fund it drafted was illegal? Well, the gist of the “CONFIDENTIAL REPORT” is that any payment of legal fees incurred defending against frivolous complaints necessarily involved an illegal personal benefit. Of course, no explanation is given why such funds were not illegal for John Kerry, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Richard Gephardt, Ted Stephens (from Alaska), and so on.

Significantly, NO ONE with any experience in legal expense trust funds (including the Perkins Coie attorneys experienced in this area) has ever contended (or even suggested) that the trust fund as set up (following the Perkins Coie model for legal expense fund trusts – indeed the gold standard for legal expense trust funds) violates any law – Alaska, IRS, or federal.

The fact is that, as evidenced by the detailed legal memorandum released by the trust, the numerous trust agreements (including those prepared by Perkins Coie itself), the legal writings on the subject, and the positions of every governmental agency to consider such trusts, the Alaska Fund Trust is not only legal, but it is the most restrictive and transparent trust of any well-known public servant in history.

In the end, the only illegality in the matters surrounding the Alaska Fund Trust is the illegal leak of the ‘CONFIDENTIAL REPORT” in direct violation of Alaska law, not anything to do with the trust itself.

But then, no one reports on that. Welcome to the world of Sarah Palin.

(Evans is a columnist for this paper and a longtime Georgia attorney with strong ties to the Republican Party)

See also:

A new lawyer for Gov. Palin? (Updated with Palin saying it’s not true)
Atlantan Created Palin’s Defense Fund

From the state GOP convention: Sarah Palin’s new lawyer

The Palin trust fund: the rest of the story

Randy Evans

Randy Evans

Randy Evans: The man behind Palin’s legal defense fund

Report: Can Sarah Palin Defend Herself With Defense Fund?

“Sarah Palin is a nice enough person, but…”

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Atlanta Attorney Who Set Up Palin’s Legal Fund Is Ethics Expert

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on July 23, 2009

Atlanta attorney Randy Evans has stepped forward to vouch for the legality of Governor Sarah Palin’s legal defense fund, which he created.  Attorney Evans is an expert in the field of ethics in government and politics and, as stated here, “has lectured on attorney ethics in over thirty states and has published hundreds of papers and articles regarding professional ethics and malpractice”. What an excellent choice of attorney to set up a legal defense fund to defend Governor Palin against ethics complaints by her political opponents!


Atlantan Created Palin’s Defense Fund


Posted By: Jaye Watson
Updated 7/22/2009 8:08:44 PM

ATLANTA — Atlantan Randy Evans created the legal defense fund for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Evans is former general counsel for Georgia’s Republican party and a senior partner at McKenna, Long, and Aldridge.

He said, “There were some folks who reached out to me who knew I had some experience preparing legal defense funds.” Evans stepped forward, revealing it was he who prepared the fund, just days the release of a report that found Palin should not be able to use the money.

Thomas Daniel, an investigator for the state personnel board writes in the report, “That the fund was trading on Ms. Palin’s status as a public official to solicit donations and that contributions to it could amount to improper gifts under Alaska Law.”

Evans calls the report “absolutely ridiculous.”

“This is the gold standard in legal defense funds. It parallels the funds created by John Kerry, Dick Gephardt, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Senator Ted Stevens who’s from Alaska. It meets every provision for both the IRS, federal election laws and the laws of the state of Alaska,” Evans said.

Evans says Palin’s decision to resign has nothing to do with the report and her announcement came more than a week and a half before the report was even released.

“The governor cares deeply and loves the state of Alaska and that all of the things associated with her became a distraction. It became a distraction in terms of being able to get anything done,” he said. Evans is in Washington, D.C. for the next few days to make the cable news rounds.

See also:

Arnall, Golden, Gregory, LLP Just Lost Their Entire Political Law Practice…

Randy Evans

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Surprise! George Soros Behind Ethics Complaint Against Governor Sarah Palin

Posted by Gary P Jackson on June 2, 2009


I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!

Remember the flap Governor Sarah Palin had to endure during the election cycle over her wardrobe? Did you ever wonder how such a non-story was turned into a big deal?

Let’s review the facts: Governor Palin was vetted for months as a potential running mate for Senator McCain, however, the decision to choose her came very late in the campaign – almost on the eve on the Republican National Convention.

While Sarah and Todd Palin make a nice living, they are not wealthy by any stretch of the imagination; this is a middle class family. When one considers that Alaska’s climate and culture is a tad different than the lower 48, it makes sense that some new duds, fit for the campaign, and her position in it, were certainly required.

Constructing a wardrobe and assembling a team to prepare a political candidate for the national spotlight is not uncommon, in fact, it is ‘business as usual’ in every campaign, with virtually every politician for national office. The media ignored that fact and focused on Michelle Obama’s frugal clothing expenditures (a public relations stunt that the media endorsed and supported) and, at the same time, needlessly and shamelessly attacked Governor Palin.

This is what happened: The GOP and a man named Jeff Larson, who is a longtime Republican advisor, and was the chief executive of the host committee for the convention, decided the wardrobe was a good idea. It was Jeff Larson who bought and paid for the clothes. Campaign finance laws, of course, dictated that the GOP reimburse Larson for his expenditure, and they did.

What the critics of Governor Palin, who just wouldn’t let this go and sought to portray her as a “shopaholic,” missed is the fact that most of the wardrobe purchased was actually sent back almost immediately, because they were the wrong size, indicating the Governor didn’t do the shopping. Most people know what sizes they wear.

But why was this even a story, let alone a 24/7 circus?

Two words, George Soros!

For those who don’t know who George Soros is, think Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the super villain from the James Bond movies, or if you will, a less endearing version of Mike Meyer’s “Dr Evil”.

Soros is an Eastern European socialist who made billions of dollars through currency and commodities speculation. He is credited with the serious devaluation of the British pound note back in 1992. He is said to be the man who “broke the Bank of England.”
In 2002, Soros was convicted of insider trading in France, a felony, and fined $2.3 million dollars.

Recently, Soros was quoted as being very pleased with the current economic situation in America. Could it be that he is speculating on the American dollar?

What does this mean?

Well, politically, George Soros is an extreme leftist. He, of course, is a huge supporter of President Barack Obama.

The way Soros works, in my opinion, is a bit nefarious – at best. Rather than be out front and advocate his socialist policies, Soros funds dozens of far-left front groups; some with innocent enough sounding names, but, based on my research, these groups promote left-leaning schemes, nonetheless.

These groups and foundations support everything from open borders, to the legalization of most drugs, to abortion on demand. George Soros’ funded “programs” also promote the liberal agenda being taught in schools.

Some of Mr. Soros’ endeavors include:, The Open Society Institute, USAction, Center For American Progress, Americans United For Change, and many more, including Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

CREW is the group who filed the clothes complaint against Governor Palin, and, in conjunction with Soros’ many activist organizations, as well as “friends” in the media, kept the story going well past its normal shelf life.

CREW is a shadowy group. Depending on the source, you will find that CREW was either founded in 2001 by left-wing activists Norm Eisen (an attorney) and Louis Mayberg (a prominent Democrat donor, and co-founder of the Maryland-based mutual fund management firm ProFund Advisors LLC).


CREW was founded by Melanie Sloan, in 2003. Ms. Sloan is listed as the Executive Director on CREW’s website. As you see, she references 2003. “CREW was founded in 2003 by Melanie Sloan, a former U.S. Attorney.”

Confusing at best.

CREW’s “Form 990” IRS filing for 2001 lists Mr. Mayberg as one of its three Founding Directors; the other two are Daniel Berger (a high-profile Democrat donor who in 2004 made a $100,000 contribution to America Coming Together, another Soros-funded entity) and Mark Penn (a fellow at the New Politics Institute, yet another Soros foundation, and a top Democrat strategist and pollster who not only played a key role in Bill Clinton’s 1996 presidential campaign, but also served as head of “message and strategy” for Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign)

Although CREW denies any ties to George Soros, they indeed receive funds from the Democracy Alliance, the Tides Foundation, as well as the Open Society Institute – all Soros front groups.

CREW seeks to construe itself as “non-partisan,” however, most of their efforts target Republicans.

This group is not exempt from its own ethical quagmires: One issue involves an ethics complaint filed against The Center for Union Facts, an anti-union group, and its sister organization, the Center for Consumer Freedom, which CREW claimed are “front organizations for for-profit industry entities.”

The problem is that it appears this effort was funded by the Service Employees International Union; a group with heavy. ties to ACORN and to Soros himself in the form of contributions amounting to $75,000.

Perhaps CREW should take a good look inside its closet before filing unwarranted claims about someone else’s wardrobe.

Back to the issue at hand: like every other resolved ethics complaint filed by the unruly left against Governor Palin, this clothing ethics complaint filed with the FEC by CREW was shot down: the FEC ruled that no laws were broken.

Upon investigation, it appears that CREW prefers filing ethics complaints over actually litigating them. In fact, CREW actually changed its mission statement several times, pointedly de-emphasizing litigation.

CREW’s main purpose seems to be to file ethics complaints against a prominent, high profile target with the primary intention of seeking negative media exposure as opposed to pursuing real issues.

The “target” is marked for attack; CREW gains its destructive publicity, and then moves on to the next target. What is the purpose of this strategy if there is no successful prosecution of claims? CREW knows that the charges will be plastered on the front page of every newspaper and will be the lead story on every news channel, coast to coast, for days or even months. Of course, when the charges are thrown out, that little bit of news gets buried in a tiny blurb, deep in the newspaper, on page A18.

This has most certainly been the strategy used against Governor Palin. Numerous phony, and, sometimes, almost comical “ethics complaints” have been filed against Governor Palin since she has become a national figure and the front runner for the 2012 Republican nomination for President.

The filing of these nonsensical complaints (13 of which have been thrown out), made huge headlines nationwide, and yet little, if any, news coverage has been devoted to their resolutions.

Finally, it’s been established that George Soros is a committed socialist. It is very troubling that such a rich man can use his wealth for such un-American activities; and it is even more troubling to see many Americans either unaware or unconcerned while these anti-American actions take place.

Americans can and should hold public officials accountable for their actions. However, it’s unethical (and an oxymoron) for groups like CREW to use a valid legal procedure to damage careers and harass their political targets with phony ethics charges and feigned outrage.

Is this the America you want to live in?

Do you want an America where a far left socialist has access to the highest offices in the country and the ability to get his anti-American agenda enacted?

Well, sadly, with George Soros, that’s exactly what you have right now.

The question is, what are you willing to do about it?

Now is a time for choosing.

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