What is The Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund?
The Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund is a legally registered trust fund established to help defray the legal costs of challenges involving Sarah Palin, her staff, and her family.
Is this site officially sanctioned by Sarah Palin?
Yes, the legal defense fund is sanctioned by Sarah Palin. However, this website and fund are not associated with SarahPAC or other entities. Governor Palin is not the trustee of the fund. She has sanctioned the use of her name and image for the website and trust to help raise funds for her legal defense.
Why was the fund set up?
In 2009, friends of the Palin family set up a trust fund (the “Alaska Fund Trust”) which collected donations to help with the legal costs associated with numerous politically motivated attacks against Sarah Palin while she was governor of Alaska. Because of specific laws exclusive to Alaska, Sarah Palin has agreed to pay back all of the money raised via this fund in arrangement with the Attorney General of Alaska. This fund (“The Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund”) has been set up to refund donations to the previous fund and to raise money for the significant legal fees associated with ongoing legal challenges faced by the Palin family.
Are donations made to The Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund tax-deductible?
Contributions to The Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.
Can I send a check by mail?
Yes! Please send checks to:
The Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund
P.O. Box 220700
Arlington, VA 22207-9500
Can the funds be used for other personal purposes that do not include legal fees?
No. Donations can only be used for legal costs and expenses incurred by counsel on behalf of Sarah Palin, her family, or her staff as approved by the Trustee.
Can the donations be used for political or campaign purposes?
No. Donations can only be used for the declared purposes of the trust, namely legal expenses incurred by or on behalf of Sarah Palin, her family, and her staff.
Is a donation considered a political contribution to Sarah Palin?
No. The trust is designated to pay legal expenses and may not be used to influence the nomination or election of a candidate.
Is there any limitation on who can contribute?
Yes. Only individuals may contribute. Corporations, unions, partnerships, etc. may not make a contribution.
Who decides what contributions to accept or reject?
If acceptable under the terms of the trust, the Trustee has the sole authority to make the determination to accept or reject a contribution.
Who gets to decide how money is spent?
The Trustee has the sole discretion to determine how the money is spent.