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Bad Spending? Dont charge the people? Tell that to Palin

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posted on Sep, 8 2008 @ 10:48 PM
Food for thought...

Palin charges taxpayers

ANCHORAGE, Sept. 8 -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a "per diem" allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.

Not sure what this compares to to theres.. but thought Id through it out there. Read the full story to see everything she charged.

posted on Sep, 8 2008 @ 11:05 PM

Originally posted by bknapple32
Food for thought...

Not sure what this compares to to theres.. but thought Id through it out there. Read the full story to see everything she charged.

Here are quotes from your source:

"Palin, who earns $125,000 a year, claimed and received $16,951 as her allowance, which officials say was permitted because her official "duty station" is Juneau, according to an analysis of her travel documents by The Washington Post."

"Palin rarely sought reimbursement for meals while staying in Anchorage or Wasilla, the reports show. "

"Leighow noted that under state policy, all of the governor's children are entitled to per diem expenses, even her infant son. "The first family declined the per diem [for] the children," Leighow said. "The amount that they had declined was $4,461, as of August 5."

"Gov. Palin has spent far less on her personal travel than her predecessor: $93,000 on airfare in 2007, compared with $463,000 spent the year before by her predecessor, Frank Murkowski. He traveled often in an executive jet that Palin called an extravagance during her campaign. She sold it after she was sworn into office. "

"She flies coach and encourages her cabinet to fly coach as well," said Garnero, whose job is equivalent to state controller. "Some do, some don't."

Seems like just another attempt to throw more nonsense at Palin and hope something sticks.

posted on Sep, 8 2008 @ 11:12 PM
reply to post by jamie83

Ok then here are some of the other quotes you glanced over

The governor also has charged the state for travel expenses to take her children on official out-of-town missions. And her husband, Todd, has billed the state for expenses and a daily allowance for trips he makes on official business for his wife.

The governor's daughters and husband charged the state $43,490 to travel and many of the trips were to and from their house in Wasilla and Juneau, the capital city 600 miles away, the documents show.

Palin charged the state a per diem for working on Nov. 22, 2007 -- Thanksgiving Day. The reason given, according to the expense report, was the Great Alaska Shootout, an annual NCAA college basketball tournament held in Anchorage.

In separate filings, the state was billed about $25,000 for Palin's daughters' expenses and $19,000 for her husband, Todd Palin.

The family also charged for flights around the state, including trips to Alaska events such as the start of the Iditarod dog-sled race and the Iron Dog snowmobile race, a contest that Todd Palin won. Meanwhile, Todd Palin spent $725 to fly to Edmonton, Alberta, for "information gathering and planning meeting with Northern Alberta Institute of Technology," according to an expense report. During the three-day trip, he charged the state $291 for his per diem. A notation said "costs paid by Dept. of Labor." He also billed the state $1,371 for flight to Washington to attend a National Governors Association meeting with his wife.

posted on Sep, 9 2008 @ 06:42 PM
MSNBC is finally talking about this. Grabbing per diem money for being at home is ridiculous.

Its nothing huge, and her supporters wont care. But this money is ridiculous.
$43,000 to travel?

10,000 dollars for her 7 year old to travel?

posted on Sep, 9 2008 @ 08:06 PM
But Liberals are the big spenders! Oops, actually, Bush spent more in 6 years then the first 200 years of presidents combined, and BOTH Bushes spent more then EVERY OTHER PRESIDENT COMBINED! TWO Presidents, both Republicans, in 10 years outspent EVERY OTHER PRESIDENT COMBINED! So any surprise another Republican spends Tax Money out the bum?


Trying to fix the picture, why is it cut off? Or am I the only one who sees it cut off? Just click on the graph to see it in full.

[edit on 9-9-2008 by Krieger]

posted on Sep, 9 2008 @ 11:40 PM
Yea, its cut off. But a good graph. Those big spending democrats man....

posted on Sep, 9 2008 @ 11:49 PM
Keep in mind that the pursestrings are controlled by congress and the increases happened under Democratic congresses. Except got the years under the current Bush when the Republicans controlled the Congress.

On Palin and the per diem stuff, Palin cut her salary by 60%, Sold the Jet( not on ebay but it was sold), doesnt live in the Governors mansion , and got rid of the Governors Limo and fired the household staff. Is it possible her per diem is an abuse, yes, but is also possible that her per diem is very much less than what it would be if she held on to the other governmental excesses, I will be looking for more info on this story.

posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 12:05 AM
reply to post by DarkStormCrow

Dark, unless the article is wrong, I would suggest going to it for all the info you need on this topic. Hey daughter needs of 10,000 in travel expenses? Really?

She was paid to watch the Great Alaskan Shootout ( NCAA basketball tournament in the beginning of the season.)

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