Ever since Senator John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate for his 2008 run for President, the country has been captivated (both for better and for worse) with the Governor of Alaska. Some five months after the election, people are still trying to make a name for themselves through Palin.
The latest example comes from the group, Free American Citizens. Earlier this week, the group set up a website claiming all donations would go to help pay Palin's legal fees from the "Troopergate" investigation, but the Governor sent out a statement via her spokesperson saying she was not affiliated with the group,
"The continuing generosity of Alaskans and Americans is overwhelming as many reach out to assist Governor Sarah Palin and her family with their legal bills.However, the official legal defense fund for Governor Sarah Palin has not been formed and the Governor cannot accept monies for those obligations from any other entity than the one in formation. Numerous federal and state laws to need to be abided by and the official legal defense fund will have very strict donation guidelines.We thank everyone interested in helping the Governor. The best way to assist her will be through this official fund which will launch later this month."
Today, the website is still taking donations but now claims they are for Palin's "war chest" for a 2012 run for President. The group claimed they meant no harm and that all funds would indeed be sent to Palin to help pay for her legal defense but Palin cannot legally accept the money. The Governor owes over $500,000 in legal fees from what she calls "partisan, false and frivolous" ethics investigations.
In other Palin news, it seems as though the Governor is weighing in on Secretary of Defense Robert Gates's proposed $1.4 billion reduction of the Missile Defense Agency’s budget. In a letter to Gates, Palin says that a global missile defense shield "is more important now than ever" citing technology development of North Korea and Iran. Palin says she fears North Korea has the potential to reach Alaska, Hawaii, and the West Coast with a nuclear armed warhead and mentions Alaska's own Fort Greely as an ideal spot to continue with training and development.
You can read the entire letter to Gates at the
Governor's Official Website.