This is the official site of The Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund.
On August 29, 2008, the world was introduced to Sarah Palin. Millions of Americans came to see her as a principled conservative, an accomplished governor, an ethics reformer, and a dedicated public servant with a common sense message for fiscal responsibility and limited government in accordance with our Constitution.
From the moment she became a national figure, Sarah Palin became the focus of relentless attacks by left-wing ideologues.
Now, Sarah Palin's enemies have scored a limited victory in their vicious campaign to smear, bankrupt, and force this dedicated public servant and conservative leader out of politics. They have successfully questioned her prior legal defense fund--a fund that mirrored John Kerry's fund and Bill Clinton's fund. So a new fund was necessary to make sure Sarah Palin can continue to speak the truth to Americans.
Now the State of Alaska says she's not even allowed to defend herself.
Alaska is perhaps the only state in the U.S. where the Attorney General does not routinely represent the governor when accusations and complaints are filed against the governor under the operative ethics statutes. This means that the governor has to personally pay for her or his own defense.
Not only was Sarah Palin required by law to respond to each and every lawsuit filed against her by left-wing activists, but she also had to personally foot hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills to defend herself.
That's money the Palins simply didn't have.
Some of Governor Palin's closest friends decided to put together a trust fund to help her pay the legal fees and rebut these relentless lawsuits.
They called it the Alaska Fund Trust, the "official legal fund" for Governor Palin.
In fact, they added the words "official legal fund" so that supporters would know it was not just approved by the family, but that it complied with disclosure requirements, had professional management, created limits on who could donate and how much could be donated, and a variety of other restrictions that made it a very conservative and limited trust.
Further, the word "official" was used to distinguish the Alaska Fund Trust from other legal defense funds that were starting to pop up and no one knew if these would comply with disclosure laws, lobbyist restrictions, etc.
But now - because she used the word "official" - an independent counsel decided that the Trust "violated" the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act and now requires the Trust to send back every single donation raised by the defense fund while she was governor.
The left-wing media wants you to think Gov. Palin is an "ethics violator." But they ignore the actual findings that Gov. Palin acted in good faith and relied on a team of expert trust lawyers to set it up.
They ignore that Gov. Palin stated one overriding principle: if the trust fund could be lawfully set up, she would support it. That is hardly the action of a person bent on skirting the law, contrary to the hysterical commentaries. But they ignore the truth and prefer to propagate lies about Sarah Palin.
They DON'T want you to know:
The money in the Alaska Fund Trust has been frozen and bills gone unpaid.
We set up The Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund to cover legal bills for the Palins for past, present, and future attacks. The fund has been set up by friends and trusted advisors of Governor Palin.
The Left thinks they've scored a victory by slamming her with an "ethics violation."
Let's relieve Governor Palin of this incredible burden that no citizen should have to bear and let's free her to speak out on behalf of conservatives all across this great country.
Trustees of The Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund