A statement on the latest dismissal of an “ethics” complaint by Palin-obsessed nut job, Malia Litman. Via Governor Palin’s attorney, John J. Tiemessen at SarahPac:
The Alaska Attorney General’s office has dismissed yet another frivolous ethics complaint filed against Governor Palin by a leftwing political blogger. This particular blogger is from Texas (where she volunteered as a precinct captain for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign), and yet her dismissed complaint against Governor Palin has cost the State of Alaska time and resources because no matter how absurd the complaint is, the state must respond to it. These complaints also cost Governor Palin personally to defend herself. This small band of leftwing bloggers have dedicated their lives to spreading lies, half-truths, and failed legal analysis about allegations of “corruption” against Governor Palin. This dismissed complaint is just the latest example of their destructive strategy to harass a political leader they disagree with.
This particular complaint alleged that Governor Palin violated Alaska’s Executive Branch Ethics Act because the production company that made “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” received a film tax credit from the State of Alaska related to its expenses in making the series. It should be noted that Governor Palin never received any direct money or compensation from this tax credit. The legislation that created this tax credit was crafted and passed by Alaska lawmakers and signed into law by Governor Palin. In dismissing this complaint, the Alaska Attorney General’s office outlines the illogic and absurdity of exempting former governors from complying with statutes they signed into law for two years after they leave office.
You can read the Attorney General’s opinion here.
– John J. Tiemessen, attorney for Sarah Palin
I heartily encourage everyone to read the Alaska Attorney General’s opinion, to which Tiemessen linked above, here. Litman, who lives in Texas, apparently bases her complaint on a belief that Governor Palin is clairvoyant or something. Perhaps the funniest aspect of this entire episode is that this Litman has a law degree. Or at least that’s what’s in her HuffPo bio. But then it is HuffPo, so who knows. But if true, I will certainly encourage my kids, if they’re so inclined, to attend a law school far removed from whichever one Ms. Litman attended. Again, see the Alaska Attorney General’s opinion here.
Update: Henry D’Andrea of Politicons has more commentary here.