Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ethics Complaints By Zane Henning And Anthony Martin Against Governor Sarah Palin Dismissed By Personnel Board

"Eleven down, only three more to go, according to Palin lawyer Thomas Van Flein"

The tide is turning in Governor Palin's favor, and the use of the ethics complaint as a political weapon has been uncovered and discredited further. On May 12th, 2009, the Alaska State Personnel Board announced that two more ethics complaints against Governor Sarah Palin have been dismissed. Michael Geraghty, an investigator for the State Personnel Board, made the announcement, and the Governor's Office published a press release, available HERE.

The complaints were filed by Zane Henning of Wasilla and Anthony Martin of Talkeetna. In his complaint filed on November 13th, Henning charged that Palin broke state ethics rules by by holding national television interviews about her run for vice president from the governor's office. He claimed that Palin was promoting her future political career on state property, pointing in particular to the governor's November 10th interview with Fox News Channel host Greta Van Susteren. But in response, Geraghty concluded that “There was no indication that Governor Palin presented her official position as governor of the State of Alaska for an improper personal or financial purpose.”

In his complaint filed on December 2nd, Martin took issue with the trip that Palin and aide Kris Perry took to Georgia to campaign for Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss. But regarding Palin, Geraghty concluded that “The (ethics) act does not prohibit a public official from engaging in political pursuits independent of their position as a public officer, and the campaign efforts undertaken by Governor Palin are not prohibited by the act.” And regarding Perry, Geraghty wrote, “To constitute a violation of the ethics act, the facts alleged would have to support a finding that Governor Palin coerced Perry to benefit her own personal and/or financial interests. The Martin complaint does not allege facts suggesting coercive conduct by Governor Palin.”

And Palin attorney Thomas Van Flein was pleased. “These are the 10th and 11th actions taken on behalf of the Personnel Board that favorably resolve complaints against the governor or her staff, and to date there has not been any violation of the law substantiated,” said Van Flein. “There are a few more complaints pending, and then we hope this abuse of the Executive Ethics Act will cease.” Conservatives4Palin likewise is rejoicing, and they even have an audio of Anchorage DJs Bob & Mark discussing it.

A complete list of all 14 ethics complaints, to include links to documentation, can be viewed on this post. The Anchorage Daily News expects to publish a more detailed story on May 13th.


  1. Palin's on a roll, 2 complaints dismissed last week, 2 this week, a new oil well being drilled, along with her book deal. Watch her book become a run away best seller as soon as they start taking pre-publication orders, and continue on the best seller list for six months or more.

  2. I'm glad to see our Guv finally turning things around. While I have never regretted my vote for her in 2006, Troopergate did significantly dent my faith in her for quite a while. And the jury is still out on AGIA, since I doubt that TransCanada will build the pipeline.

    But Sarah Palin means well, and I wouldn't mind if she became Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012.