Palin Files Late Disclosure For Free 2007 Trips

Gov. Sarah Palin has added to her financial disclosure forms two free trips that she took nearly two years ago but failed to report. Palin, who was Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate, made the disclosures last month, but after Election Day when she and McCain lost to Barack Obama and Joe Biden. The trips were first revealed in a story by The Associated Press in October.

The free trips were taken in April and May of 2007 and should have been reported within 30 days under state ethics law. The Nov. 17 disclosure forms note that the reports were "not filed timely due to administrative error."

Bill McAllister, the governor's spokesman, said this week that the mistakes were made by travel support staff. He said he could not explain the timing of when and how they were caught, but that it was irrelevant because the error was corrected.

Palin, who has criticized state lawmakers for gifts they take, is not facing any sanctions for the late filings, according to Linda Perez, state administrative director. Perez said she was alerted to the matter by McCain's presidential campaign before the Oct. 14 AP story.

"It wasn't necessarily the governor's oversight, nor was she trying to hide anything," Perez said. "It was a staff oversight."

In one of the trips, the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute of North Carolina — a nonprofit education policy group — paid the $2,827 cost of Palin's April 2007 flight and hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz., to attend a four-day conference, according to her report. The group has said it also paid for other governors attending the annual event in recent years.

In May 2007, Palin accepted lodging for herself and her three daughters at Mt. Chilkoot Lodge in the Southeast Alaska town of Skagway. The lodging, valued at $300, was paid for by the owners, including Palin friend and former deputy campaign treasurer Kathy Hosford.

The reports were among recent disclosures released to the AP after a public records request.

Among other gifts Palin reported last month is a June 30 flight valued at $1,187.50 that was paid by the North Slope Borough for Palin and her 7-year-old daughter, Piper, to attend various functions, including a whaling festival in the town of Barrow.

Palin and husband Todd also received travel, food and lodging valued at $4,620.12 to attend a Republican Governors Association event in Texas, in April — gifts that were not reported until August, according to disclosure forms. Palin and the other governors attending the event also received $1,000 Rocky Carroll cowboy boots.

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  • by Palinsux Location: ENC on Dec 4, 2008 at 09:18 PM
    This woman represents a clear and present danger to this nation that even your precious military, whom we must bow and genuflect to, cannot even comprehend.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 4, 2008 at 03:53 PM
    "Caribou Barbie" is the only real thing in this election. All the rest are from the Washington DC party circuit.
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Dec 4, 2008 at 12:33 PM
    Someone, please make Caribou Barbie go away! She is an albatross around the neck of the Republican Party. We can do so much better than her.
  • by Palin Fan Location: Eastern NC on Dec 4, 2008 at 09:20 AM
    Come on press people! Give the lady a break. You are trying your best to discredit this smart, independant lady, but what you don't see is that you are just making her more popular. ALL politicians have taken trips and forgot to disclose them. You think she's the only one!! Do you really think that Obama hasn't left a thing or two off his disclosure filings! What about the $400 late night lobster "snack" that Michelle Obama ordered at a hotel since Obama won the election? Do you really think she likes lobster?? She did it because she could! You DEMS need to find a better story to report on.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 4, 2008 at 07:51 AM
    I guess someone needs to post facts or support that say this candidate is an airhead. Just stating this doesn't give you any credibility since your party is so afraid of her. I guess the dems are afraid of an airhead since she makes sense...
  • by Palinsux Location: ENC on Dec 4, 2008 at 07:40 AM
    Just more proof that The Alaskan Airhead isn't what she appears to be.
  • by ashley Location: Washington on Dec 4, 2008 at 07:05 AM
    This is so stupid..if you look in to any other President or vp you will see the same thing. get off the ladys case and get a real story
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 4, 2008 at 05:41 AM
    This is another example of how the AP press will try to discredit any republican candidate but ignore Barney Franks who took "thousands" from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. This is just another sad example of "who controls" the media.

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