Frank Bailey Fined $11,900 for Stealing AK State Emails

Some justice served, thanks to Andree McLeod. Weird, I know.

Frank Bailey, the former aide to Governor Palin who later stabbed her in the back when she wouldn’t hire him on at SarahPAC, was fined today $11,900 for stealing state emails. When Frank stole these emails, he handed them over to a known far-left blogger so that she could twist the emails into her own deranged version of events, and sell them to Palin haters in the form of a book. There were no smoking-guns in the emails themselves, but that didn’t stop the blogger from making up a bunch of lies to place in between the lines of mundane messages.

As a reminder, last year, I wrote the following for a piece I had published at Big Government:

Now, just who is Frank Bailey? Other than what’s on the surface – that being his connection as a former employee of the former Governor of Alaska. What was his role in her administration and why did he chose to publicly stab his former employer in the back? The Politico article notes:

A Palin ally, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that Bailey and Palin corresponded and that the former aide had access to Palin’s passwords and her email account. But the Palin ally said that the content should be viewed through the lens of Bailey being “the quintessential disgruntled employee” who had been denied senior jobs he sought, cut out of Palin’s vice presidential campaign, and been caught up in the “Troopergate” scandal.

This man felt as though he had been denied a senior post in the administration. I have read his manuscript by the way, and can tell you that this guy thought he was doing a bang-up job for the governor. However, the evidence doesn’t support his assertion. After all, Bailey was the only member of Governor Palin’s administration who had ever been recommended to receive ethics training by a state investigator. I am not going to release any detailed information that isn’t public already, but there are some pretty pointed lies within this manuscript that only take a few minutes on Google to figure out.

While working for Governor Palin, part of Bailey’s job was to set up and maintain her email accounts. He had direct access, by way of knowing her password codes, to all of her messages. What he did with that access was highly unethical, a serious breach of trust, if not the law. If indeed all the emails are actually hers in the first place.

Which brings us to Tuesday’s ruling, via Richard Mauer at ADN:

Frank Bailey, the former Sarah Palin aide turned tell-all author, has agreed to pay an $11,900 civil fine for violating the state’s ethics laws by keeping, disseminating and profiting from confidential emails he obtained while serving in Palin’s administration.

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He’s not a “tell-all author,” he’s an incompetent thief and a shameless scoundrel!

Mauer continues:

The Alaska attorney general’s office disclosed the settlement Tuesday in a letter to ethics campaigner Andree McLeod. McLeod, a Palin critic, initiated the complaint against Bailey in September 2010 after reading about his plans for a Palin book with two co-authors in the Daily News gossip column, the Alaska Ear…

McLeod said Tuesday that Bailey’s fine “is just the beginning in straightening things out.” She said she was gratified that one public official was held accountable for using information he gathered in office for personal benefit.

But now that Bailey has acknowledged sharing confidential emails with others, including his coauthors, those emails should also be made public, she said. She officially made that request in her response Tuesday to the letter from the Attorney General’s office telling her that her complaint was validated.

Bailey didn’t respond to an email requesting comment…

In the four-page settlement agreement with the state, confirmed by Senior Assistant Attorney General Julia Bockmon, Bailey admitted he used his collection of emails relating to state business from 2006 to 2009 to write the book. Some of those emails were confidential under state law, he admitted.

Before the book was published, Bailey provided a draft manuscript and the emails he planned to quote to the Attorney General’s office for review of potential confidential information, the settlement said. At the time, Bailey said took that step so he could “remove information alleged to violate the Ethics Act prior to publication.”

While Bailey removed most of the confidential information prior to publishing, some remained, the settlement said.

The settlement only generally describes the subject of the confidential information that was published: “Mr. Bailey admits that his published book contains information regarding the appointment of an attorney general that the Office of the Attorney General advised him was confidential prior to publication of the book,” the settlement said.

The penalties in the settlement were attributed to three violations: $3,600 for using confidential information in drafting his book; $7,200 for disclosing confidential information to his two co-authors; and $1,100 for publishing confidential information after he was advised it was secret.

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