An independent investigator has found evidence that Gov. Sarah Palin may have violated ethics laws by accepting private donations to pay her legal debts, in the latest legal distraction for the former vice presidential candidate as she prepares to leave office this week.
So now if Sarah Palin allows other people to help her pay to defend herself against a barrage of frivolous, politically motivated “ethics” complaints, that too is a violation of ethics? Ridiculous.
Thomas Daniel, the genius lawyer who found that this arrangement violated some Bizarro World standard of “ethics” explained:
An ordinary citizen facing legal charges is not likely to be able to generate donations to a legal defense fund, he wrote. “In contrast, Governor Palin is able to generate donations because of the fact that she is a public official and a public figure. Were it not for the fact that she is governor and a national political figure, it is unlikely that many citizens would donate money to her legal defense fund.”
But the answer to this nonsense is so obvious, even a lawyer ought to be able to figure it out. An ordinary citizen wouldn’t be facing the ethics complaints Palin is facing. Were it not for the fact she is a governor and a national political figure, she wouldn’t have all the legal bills, Einstein.
“The report recommends that Palin refuse to accept payment from the defense fund…” She should — until next week, when she’s no longer the governor of Alaska.
Update: A response from Palin and a link to the report from Hot Air.