Monday, April 27, 2009

Here We Go Again: Kim Chatman Of Eagle River Files Ethics Complaint Against Sarah Palin Over The Alaska Fund Trust Set Up For Palin's Legal Defense

Update June 24th, 2010: Sarah Palin to settle this ethics complaint by paying back money from Alaska Fund Trust; Personnel Board ruled the complaint partially valid. Updated post HERE.

Sure enough, it had to happen. Somebody else has now filed an ethics complaint against Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. This time, it's a resident of Eagle River who has participated in other litigation against the Governor. This brings the total number of ethics complaints against the Governor to 13.

According to the Anchorage Daily News' Alaska Politics blog, Kim Chatman, who voted for Palin in 2006, claims that the legal defense fund set up for Governor Palin to defray the costs of contesting ethics complaints is an ethics violation itself. Chatman filed the complaint on Monday April 27th, 2009 with the Alaska attorney general's office, seeking an investigation by the Alaska Personnel Board. View an AP photo of Chatman HERE.

-- Read the full three-page complaint HERE.

Chatman claims that Governor Palin is misusing her official position for political gain and receiving improper gifts. She further claims that Governor Palin is using her official position for personal gain and to intentionally secure unwarranted benefits to state workers who are poised to derive benefits from the Alaska Fund Trust, which is the official name of the Palin defense fund. Chatman maintains that the fund increases Palin’s conflicts of interests and erodes the faith and confidence of Alaskans in their public officers, thus violating the intent, purpose and spirit of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.

Chatman presumes that Governor Palin's accrued legal bills are because of her misconduct, her husband’s misconduct, and the misconduct of some of her staffers, although previous ethics complaints have not been substantiated. The only finding against Governor Palin to date was the abuse of power finding by the Branchflower investigation. Chatman's presumption of misconduct violates the customary presumption of innocence extended to a defendant in an adversarial legal situation. Alaska statutes cited in the complaint:

-- AS 39.52.120, Misuse of official position
-- AS 39.52.130, Improper gifts

Story now picked up by Free Republic, Conservatives4Palin, and a conservative Alaskan blog I was unaware of, AsTheFireweedTurns.

According to this comment on Conservatives4Palin, Governor Palin has reacted. Palin spokeswoman Sharon Leighow, issued the following statement in response to the complaint:

"As we've been saying, the number of ethics complaints filed against the governor and her staff -- as well as the tortured logic they contain -- continue to constitute the most disturbing trend in Alaska politics. It's obvious the intent with this unprecedented action against the governor is to see her administration paralyzed and for her to declare personal bankruptcy."


But what dilutes the integrity of this complaint in my mind is that there is more to Kim Chatman than meets the eye - a lot more. Chatman also is a co-plaintiff in a Federal lawsuit against Governor Palin for her alleged "snubbing" of Alaska's 2007 Juneteenth celebration, joining lead plaintiff Gregory Charles Royal. Chatman's joining in the lawsuit may prove problematic for Governor Palin, because as an Alaskan, Chatman satisfies the issue of legal standing by an Alaska resident, which was absent in the original complaint brought by jazz musician and America's Hot Musician judge Gregory Charles Royal in Washington, DC. The case, Royal et al v. Sarah Palin (previously filed as 09-cv-0484-new case number 1:09-cv-00428)., was summarized by US District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton in his order last month transferring the case to Alaska.

Kim Chatman has a much more vested personal interest in Juneteenth than most White people because she is married to an African-American man and has six bi-racial children.

Governor Palin's office has since responded to this allegation via e-mail by stating that although the failure was a clerical oversight, she is "not aware of any great distress in the African-American community of Alaska", and that, "except for those few of you involved in the mudslinging campaign last fall," she is not aware this matter "was ever commented upon by anybody".

Kim Chatman also had an LTE to the Anchorage Daily News published on February 23rd, 2009. She took issue with the Governor collecting per diem while staying at her Wasilla home.

45 comments:

  1. The left loons in Alaska aren't giving up, are they?

    All of this is being managed out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    Remember, Pete Rouse, who helped orchestrate the phony troopergate mess used to work with Kim Elton, and is now a senior White House advisor to Obama.

    Someone needs to take these people down, including Jeanne Devon (AKMuckraker), Shannyn Moore, Linda Beigel (Celtic Diva), Amanda Coyne (loon) and Phil Munger (serious loon) as well as their new buddie, professional protester/loon, Sondra Tomkins.

    Come on, these people are nothing more than terrorists!

    No wonder it's hard to get good honest people to run for a political office.

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  2. This is how you know Governor Palin REALLY IS ethical..
    Where I come from, these people would all be room temperature.
    Down here in the lower 48, some things go unsaid.

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  3. Gary - what really irks me is that these ethics complaints are basically death by 1000 cuts. But bear in mind that five of them (4 by Andree McLeod, and the new one by this joker) have been filed by former Palin supporters. McLeod is still nominally a Republican. So it's not just the left.

    I would rather have Sarah Palin as governor instead of a RINO like Jon Huntsman of Utah who publicly endorses civil unions and supports the cap-and-trade carbon cult.

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  4. Gary, you are doing a dis-service to loons!

    These deranged folks all want to earn their paycheck (or are they receiving visa cards?) and grab 15 minutes of the limelight.

    They don't realize the majority of Alaskans are getting very fed up with all the garbage.

    Since we Alaskans (for the most part, excepting the snakes filing this stuff) are civilized and kind to others, I think the twits will soon be ashamed of themselves.

    hmmm What goes around, comes around :)

    Piney

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  5. The reason these scum bags keep filing more complaints is that Governor Palin is a real threat to them. They know that she is a very smart lady, she is well liked and that the public is behind her, not just in Alaska but all across the lower 48. I'm sending a check to Sarah's defense fund---a nice big healthy one!!! I challenge others reading this to do the same. Gov. Palin doesn't deserve this treatment by the libs.

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  6. Bear in mind that Governor Palin's approval rating continues to remain rock-steady at around 60 percent. These repeated ethics complaints will eventually create a sympathy bump for her.

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  7. These people are borderline psychotic. Well, maybe not even borderline. These ethics charges are becoming way out of hand.

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  8. No, Palin isn't well liked by most people in the lower 48. But at least I can see why she got elected up your way - Alaska's not changed very much since I lived there... But I like the new conspiracy theory about the White House managing these people's complaints - that and it's all being done to make her declare bankruptcy are new to me! (BTW, the last sentence is called "sarcasm" for those of you who think that Colbert is straight news...)

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  9. Wow Gary..............delusional much? Obama is worrying about the disaster Sarah Palin? I'm sure he's more like Sarah who? Please, go tell it to your teabaggin racists friends buddy.

    Sarah has done this to herself. Her arrogance and disregard for Alaskan law is what got her here. Only one 'blogger' has filed a complaint against Palin, for wearing the clothing of a company that was PAYING HER HUSBAND AND ALL HIS FEES during an event in which she was acting in her official Governor capacities while wearing the outfit bought and paid for by her husband's sponsor.

    Like it or not that is unethical. You can not as a governor advertise a product that is PAYING YOUR FAMILY when you are the governor.

    Ever filled out a sweepstakes entry? What do they say? Family members or anyone affiliated can not participate in the sweepstakes? WHY? Because it would unethical.

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  10. Ok, not only psychotic but delusional. Do those that are filing these ethics complaints realize how petty and really just plain wrong they are. They are just ridiculous. Everytime someone files an ethics complaint, I donate to her Defense Fund. Bring it on.

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  11. Walt,

    I'm amazed at how spiteful, mean spirited and hateful the left can be in their actions. After all, the ends do justify the means.

    I guess it's o.k. to abuse the system with frivolous complaints in order to improve the system. I guess it makes sense to liberals.

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  12. These people are just wired wrong and they are mean. If Palin becomes the first president from Alaska, they will feel silly and will not be able to feel any state pride. As they age, they will feel meaner and useless to society. They drag us down and themselves at the same time. Have you ever seen a really mean person get old? It's not pretty.

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  13. Hey Kim Chatman. Go F*ck yourself you wannabe MSNBC reporter.

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  14. Palin has plenty of love coming from the lower 48. Take it from this Texan.
    I really appreciate the isnpiration she has give to our own Governor Perry. He has been making a bee line for the right since she gracefully entered the national spotlight.

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  15. Kim Chatman. Another left wing woman jealous of Gov. Palin. Get a life loser!!!!!

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  16. Don't people like Kim Chatman have any thing better to do in life than to pick on Sararh Palin? Maybe she might get her name out in the limelight enough times, so she can get her share of public spotlight and run for a dog catcher. Or is she a dog already?

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  17. These people who are filing multiple frivolous complaints are costing time and money for everyone, not only the innocent, but also the taxpayer responsible for paying people to do a job but are hindered by having to investigate the validity or in most cases the invalidity of their claims--are we backcharging this Chatman woman for these costs? We should! I agree that it is all politics, and will do nothing but improve Sarah's position in the long run, or even the short haul.

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  18. Wow, let's see. We'll file a complaint against her, but she can't use any means to pay the attorney who has to help her thjrough this mess because . . . SHE RUNNING THE STATE. I'm making a donation NOT because she is governor, but because she was ONCE A VP Candidate. Gee Kim, if we all sign such an affidavit, would that be enough?

    You crazy ethics filers are sick, sick puppies. I'd really like to dig into your "ethics".

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  19. What a shame that there are people like Kim Chatman. She must have a very sad life and spend most of her time feeling hate for people more honest and successful than she is. I hope that she gets hurt the same way in her own life.

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  20. Kim Chatman has so much time on her hands. Rather than stalking Sarah Palin, why doesn't she get a real job helping those who REALLY need it.

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  21. Just more of the same liberal bullshit emanating from Washington DC. The liberal, state-run media is trying to crush her thru sanctions and probes because they have no other effective way to stem her enormous popularity.
    It's absolutely pathetic. Screw Obama.....

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  22. I think we should all just get a rope and hang Palin....there I said it...now all you people on the left can live happily ever after in your newly created "OBAMA NATION" it will be a wonderful life fighting the dog for food due to lack of grocery money as your dying from that infection you got from a splinter in your finger .....too bad ya had to wait for a year and a half to get treatment ya might could have saved that arm from gangreen....

    Ya know when people file like 12 or more suits against that ol' mean Palin and she wins them all....makes me think we got some jealous haters...if your not a threat you get no attention...that mean ol' Palin gets more attention than anyone i've ever see....YOU GO GIRL...

    Now Kim Kim Kim...don't be such a hater...altho I can understand why you are....Palin got where she is by Brains.Integrity, MORALS, and beauty....and you hater Kim down on the ground just grasping for straws and coming up with nothin but the dirt on Sara's heels....give it up hater lady ya can't compare to Palin....

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  23. We in the lower 48 do respect and admire Sarah, at least this woman from California. She is refreshing, honest and I would be proud to have her as Pres. Chatman, whoever she is, sounds mean spirited, and when the suit is thrown out, she should be fined for bringing a frivolous lawsuit, and she should have to pay all legal fees for wasting tax payer money.

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  24. I voted for Obama, thought Palin was a dope, and I've seen nothing on either side to change my mind. Obama's been terrific and Palin's still a nitwit. That said, petty ethics complaints against political opponents are absolutely toxic to the whole political system. At the very least, legal expenses ought be reimbursed when an accused is cleared. We cannot expose innocent people to risk of personal ruin when they take public office. Not only is this morally wrong, as a practical matter it offers a powerful disincentive for people to run for public office -- and then we ALL lose

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  25. Ethics? In order to be President of the United States of America one must be a U.S. Citizen. Barrack Hussein Obama is yet to produce a legal birth certificate. The public has been told that Obama was born in two different places, which was it? The Governor of California was not allowed to run for President because he was not born in the U.S. Please look past your colored and party lenses, wake up AMERICA! If I went on national TV and said your 14 year old daughter was sleeping with the baseball team, how would YOU FEEL?

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  26. The left wants to talk of ethics...nice! But ofcouse, it's only ethics they preach, not something they practice.

    Kim, please find more important things to do then this waste of government resouces.

    Who knows...if the tax money hadn't been spent clearing the first 12/13 allegations maybe you would have had that Juneteenth celebration...

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  27. Maybe what is needed in Alaska is an open season of Chatman and her friends (liberals one and all). Possible a few heads hanging on the wall in a parlor would make these useless pieces of crap, think twice.
    Filing a "law suit" because Palin didn't come to her gathering? What kind of loon is this anyway. It would seem that she has a chip on her shoulder about her husband. I am sure that "no one" really cares what color his skin might be, not how tall he is, yet she never fails to mention his color as if that is the main topic of discussion.
    Sooner or later someone's husband is going to have enough of "these people" and some heads are going to get mounted. Of course the meat is not edible so it can be fed to the pigs or dogs, which ever is available. Remember "Fried Green Tomatoes"?

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  28. Do you see the fear that Palin has instilled into the liberals? There has never in the history of this nation, been a former VP candidate that has remained under attack by the liberals like Sarah Palin.
    They FEAR her folks. She makes them shudder and wet their pants. Fear is what you are seeing in all of these bogus law suits. Fear is what you hear them saying because none of it even makes any sense. Run and hide little liberal cowards, big bad Sarah has you in her sights and soon you will be mounted on her wall.

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  29. Gary,
    you are too generous to call them terrorists. They evoke terror in no one. They are whiners and cry babies, afraid that Sarah Palin will make them more insignificant than they already are. They soak up their tears with their crying towels because of their fear of being rendered impotent. This Kim Chatman needs to just go ahead and cut her wrists and get it over with. Maybe her husband can find a real woman to hook up with and her kids get a real mother before they are contaminated by liberalism.

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  30. Oklahomans LOVE Sarah and can't wait to vote her into office as POTUS!!! The dimwits, and even some RINOs are so terrified of her, they have resorted to leaks, and lies, and more lies, in desparation, since she is obviously a genuine, intelligent, capable, wise, strong woman of faith and integrity who also happens to be a Christian conservative, and lives what she believes. There is no hypocrisy in her!

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  31. Seriously - in Nebraska people set up bank accounts & solicit $$ for all kinds of stupid reasons. No one MAKES people donate to these funds, just as no one MAKES anyone donate to Palin's fund. Maybe Alaska should make a law so that when complaints are found to be baseless...the person who filed must pay ALL legal fees. Make them post the appropriate bond funds in advance to ensure frivolous complaints aren't filed.

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  32. The only system Liberals seem to want is an absolute dictatorship where they have no right to get redress for ACTUAL ethics violations, like paying off your political friends in GE, GM, and ACORN. Such as the current chief executive of the Untied States, a certain U.S. Senator that actually won the office of the presidency.

    It is regrettable that everyone else must be dragged down to living with them in the Corruption created hellhole they are determined to create.

    I am compelled by examples such as this that our founding fathers were correct in their general agreement on the need for a people to have virtues or manners. As Samuel Adams pointed out: " A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader." - Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, February 12, 1779

    If so much of the American population have become so corrupt, then it seems our liberty is doomed should we choose to continue to be connected with them under a common government.

    As a result of that observation and many others like it, such as the observation of a people abandoning their personal liberty for government management of not only their own lives but by force everyone elses. I have been unfortunately drawn more and more towards the conclusion that our only salvation will require the separation of ourselves from such foolish and self-destructive people. Otherwise their lack of manners and virtue will lead to our destruction along with their own. It is regrettable that government has grown to such an extent, cost and important in the areas of life over which it has de-developed a effective monopoly that they with out any such values can bring us all down as well as themselves.

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  33. All I have to say on the subject of these liberal scum is...... Just look at their leader! Because somewhere in Kenya a village is missing it's idiot.

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  34. Now I know why Kim Chatman is filing another ethics complaint, she is jealous. Not everyone can be as beautiful as they are intelligent, like Sarah Palin. Your motives are transparent.

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  35. Kim Chatman and 99.9% of all liberals are bold face liars. They make a paper case of lies and throw it who they're attacking hoping it will stick. Well.., Kim Chatman, your day is coming and when all Hell brakes loose on your life, you will reap just what you have sown. Maybe then you'll learn what it's like to be hurt. Or maybe you won't! What you and your socio-paths are doing to our nation and the constitution and the offices of government is a catastrophe. Therefore when it comes back on you don't call out to God for help.., Oh,yeah I forgot most of you think you are God. Get with the real truth if you have the guts!

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  36. Were Kim Chatman and that quack Andrea Mcleod lovers once upon a time? Hmmm. They look like they were made for each other!!! Oh geez!
    Look here Chatman, you are nothing but a loser, a discriminate loser because you married a black guy and voted for Him, Obama, God, yea "we know"!!! Did the hubby make you do it? Get out of Sarah Palin's life and go take care of all those hybrid kids (6) you had from him. Maybe Obama will bail you out someday too..haha he'll probably say, well, it didn't go as planned, and crap on you like he's doing everyone else in America these days just to get your vote back in November and say he was the first black president..woohoo. Go get a life and hopefully you'll vote for someone because of their intelligence and not their color someday.

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  37. Kim Chatman, why don't you go north and hibernate? You are the type of person that continues to tear good people down who are trying to make this country better. Don't you have anything better to do with your life? I come from the lower 48 and I am proud to say I respect and support her. Good for her, she does not need your b-------, and that is being nice. Why don't you do something worthwhile like hibernate for a long time.

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  38. I see that a recent poll had Palin's approval rating among Republicans at 72%... and her estimated earning power at $ 20m / yr. So, she should be OK for the forseeable future. The AK ethics process, as well as civil suits, should be " Loser Pays " to deal with this kind of nonsense.

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  39. True confession: when I read about this complaint, I felt moments of hatred toward Kim Chatman and her ilk and that both surprised and dismayed me. When does sanity return? Will they ever learn that we're to do all the good we can in the time we have? Enough, enough, enough, enough, ENOUGH!

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  40. Thank Apollo and Zeus for Kim Chatman and her perseverance as the David to Palin's Goliath

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  41. chapter 7 give you benefits If you have no property to lose, chapter 7 bankruptcy will provide you with an opportunity for a fresh or new start.By filing Chapter 7, you can see how to correctly manage you money so that you save yourself in so much trouble...!!!!

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  42. Palin guilty of major ethics violation must return $386,000 in contributions.....Enough said.

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  43. There are same very hateful Palin supporters here. Not the type I would want living in my neighborhood.
    When a person is a government official they have to avoid even the appearance of misconduct. If a person can't perform within that standard then they need to get out. That's one thing Palin did right. Resign as Governor.

    The public is still waiting The Emails. By law we have a right to see them.
    Where are the Emails?

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  44. There is definitely a lot of hatred towards Kim. I can tell that none of you know her personally. Most of you sound like very hateful brainwashed followers. But you're right. What goes around will certainly come around, so if the shoe fits >>>> wear it. Plus, I agree with Mr. Anonymous: Palin guilty of major ethics violation must return $386,000 in contributions.....Enough said. Love always, Miss Piggy and Kermit

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