Governor Palin, $1,200/mo.+ in Gifts!?September 29, 2008
$25,367 worth of gifts during 20 months in office? That’s $1268.35 a month in gifts. $292.69 a week in gifts. $7.31 an hour, based on a 40 hour work week! Which charging the state for overnight stays in her own house for the majority of her governorship makes that…doubtful. 312 nights charged to the state out of 433 work days in her 20 months in office equals 72 percent ‘out of the office’ time. That’s a lot of gifts for really being in the office only 28 percent of the time…or 121 days. For 121 days, that would be $209.64 a day in gifts, or a rate equivalent to $54,506.40 per year, if she could only make it to the office like a regular person. Damn, Gov Sarah, you missed out on some sweet bribes…errr…gifts!
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has made a crackdown on gift-giving to state officials a centerpiece of her ethics reform agenda, has accepted gifts valued at $25,367 from industry executives, municipalities and a cultural center whose board includes officials from some of the largest mining interests in the state, a review of state records shows.
You get them lobbyists, Sarah! You go get ’em…oh, they were on a plane with your daughter to Mexico.The Post goes on:
About a quarter of the entities bestowing gifts on the governor are represented by one of Alaska’s most influential mining lobbyists, who said in an interview that she was not involved in the tributes. The lobbyist, Wendy Chamberlain, has a relationship with the governor’s family through the friendship of their teenage daughters.
And it gets better, way better:
The governor explains in detail in her disclosure how she reimbursed Chamberlain for a summer trip made by Palin’s 14-year-old daughter, Willow. Willow is friends with Chamberlain’s teenage daughter, Mackenzie. Chamberlain said Willow accompanied her and her daughter in the summer of 2007 to a basketball camp and then to Mexico.
“This is not a gift,” reads a handwritten note on Palin’s disclosure form. “It is merely interaction with a parent who is registered as a lobbyist with the state of Alaska.”
Yes, those coincidences happen all the time. I’m constantly having to explain to people that the gifts I am receiving from people that could benefit financially from my decisions are merely doing so because they are my buddies, my pals…”It’s not like that” I tell people! “Nooooooo, not at all.”