Apparently not all executive travel is equal.
Palin Has Two Weeks to Reimburse Alaska $10G for Family Travel.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has until June 23 to reimburse the state for an estimated $10,000 in costs associated with trips taken by her children, under an agreement resolving an ethics complaint against her.
Palin was given 120 days to repay the state after the late February agreement filed by an Alaska Personnel Board special investigator. The complaint alleged Palin abused her power by charging the state when her children traveled with her.
Does this mean that in Alaska that the executive family is required to pay for non-work related travel? Oh how boorish and petty.
Anchorage resident Frank Gwartney, a Democrat, filed the complaint in late October. Palin was the Republican vice presidential candidate at the time and after the February settlement called the complaint “an obvious political weapon.”
The board found no wrongdoing on Palin’s part and Petumenos said in his report there is little guidance under state rules to determine ethical standards for travel by the governor’s immediate family. But he interpreted the law to require that the state pay only if the first family serves an important state interest.
Sounds fair enough.
Questionable trips included daughter Bristol Palin accompanying her mother to New York for Newsweek’s Third Annual Women and Leadership Conference in October 2007. Another was a February 2007 trip from Juneau to Anchorage for Palin’s three daughters. The family then went to Big Lake, about 50 miles north of Anchorage, for the start of the Tesoro Iron Dog snowmobile race in which the governor’s husband, Todd Palin, participated.
Are we to believe that the Governor just can’t hop on a plane paid for by the tax payers and take a family member to NEW YORK CITY…?
Maybe they should have limited it to just dinner and a broadway show.
Just to be clear. I would like to remind you all how some tingly,gushy,man-crush love Democrats feel about executive travel for non-state business on the taxpayers dime and the people who would criticize that.