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New Palin e-mails reveal 'First Dude's' influence in Alaskan government

Nearly 3,000 pages of e-mails that Todd Palin, the husband of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, exchanged with Alaska officials reveal that the so-called first dude played a significant role in his wife's administration, according to an investigation of the documents by

The news Web site -- which operates separately from the cable TV network of the same name -- joined NBC News in requesting Todd Palin's e-mails to state agencies under Alaska's public records law. (Sarah Palin's office had refused a citizen's request last year for his e-mails.)

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Bill Dedman writes, "The governor's husband got involved in a judicial appointment, monitored contract negotiations with public employee unions, received background checks on a corporate CEO, added his approval or disapproval to state board appointments and passed financial information marked 'confidential' from his oil company employer to a state attorney." Often staff communicated directly with Todd Palin, without including his wife.

Dedman notes that many of these e-mails were written using private e-mail accounts, which would help place the e-mails outside the reach of the public records laws and avoid any violation of the state law against using public resources for campaigning. An Alaska state judge ruled last August that the use of private e-mail accounts to conduct state business was lawful.

The e-mails also include some new tidbits about old scandals:

-- The Palins' schedule manager asked Todd to provide a public event to justify a plane trip for one of the couple's daughters. "I just need one," she said.

-- Palin also "coached her staff on how to disguise the amount of electrical work needed at the mansion to hook up her new tanning bed," Dedman writes.

By Rachel Weiner  |  February 5, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
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Mitt Romney is so loving this.

Posted by: graybeard_58 | February 6, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

If only the media would have done their job when Obama was running our country wouldn't be in the mess that it is in now. Not even the dog was a good decision, boy thing! A Portuguese Water Dog without water

Posted by: CayC | February 6, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Don't you have to wonder what real news could be uncovered and/or covered if an iota of attention that is focused on Sarah Palin was used on real oversight? It truly boggles my mind and makes me wonder how news organizations, with declining budgets, can keep the fires of anger fueled towards this woman.

Posted by: annetta3 | February 5, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Yeah she's a real down home folksy mom with FIVE FRICKIN' HOUSES NOW. Yup folks Sara Palin is just like us average Americans she is. Who knows, maybe she's competing with McCain for who owns the most homes. What a hoot.

Posted by: kubrickstan | February 5, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse investigation of the documents by MSNBC? Surely, you jest! LOL MSNBC is so openly anti-Palin and so openly pro-Obama that any investigation by that organization would be laughable and mere propaganda. What nonsense.

Posted by: prossers7 | February 5, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I would have much more respect for Sarah Palin if she rightfully condemned Rush Limbaugh as she much as she condemned Rahm Emanuel. Regardless of the speaker, it is despicable to mock those who are mentally retarded. Stand up for your convictions, and stop worrying about your delusional ambitions. You stand to make a lot of money, but you will never be President.

Posted by: jimestw | February 5, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

It just amazes me that Palin's 'base' and faithful followers haven't grasped the fact that she is no longer a middle-income 'Joe Six-Packer' but a millionaire with 5 homes. She's no longer one of the Good Old Boys struggling to survive and provide for her family.

If Todd had such a heavy hand in Alaska's State Government, just imagine what this former AIP member would do to the USA if he were to become (God forbid) the First Dude of the White House.

Wake up, Teabaggers! Palin doesn't really care about the country. She's pandering to your group because she only cares about her personal finances and fattening the bank account as quickly as possible while her name still has 'star power.'

By the way make sure to check out Alaskans' interesting thoughts on Palin at (Anchorage Daily News).

Posted by: yetanotherpassword | February 5, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Palin is a lot of fun...but she does represent a large number of Americans who did not graduate from Columbia, Harvard, are not professors of Constitutional Law ...she appears to have not read a lot of history books, geography, but she has written one book! progress is slow...she can go back to college, get a tutor, read more but....if she does...she may lose her what a muddle. She is a mom... and mom and apple pie works...

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | February 5, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

How did these grifters rise so high in the rarified zone is beyond me. The McCain senior staffer described the Palin couple best: a couple of Wasilla hillbillies who sacked Neiman-Marcus from coast-to-coast.

Keep the stories coming until lil' Sarah and her clan go away (back to Wasilla or wherever).

Posted by: meldupree | February 5, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

joneshn ~ tanning beds are commonly used in the Far North to help folks create Vitamin D.

Russians walk around with a shiny aluminum plate that they can be seen to be using in winter and Spring to light up their faces (and sometimes bare breasts) with Sunlight.

Again, same purpose, different item.

I hope you're up on your science regarding Vitamin D. If not, you should catch up before you die before your time.

Posted by: muawiyah | February 5, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Edwards had his wife in on the management of his affair with the Raellians, right?

I think the article we are discussing does little more than encourage a higher divorce rate among politicians.

Not sure that's conducive to public comity.

Any of you pukes who hate the Palins know what a ULU is? Todd carries. I have absolutely no idea if he has an anger management problem, but I sure wouldn't get between a piece of meat and a ULU.

My favorite political types to hate are the Clintonistas. There whatever you say about them IT'S TRUE. My second favorite are the Kennedy family ~ again, whatever you say it's most likely true of more than one of them.

We raised more bucks for more Republicans for more years on Ted Kennedy's bloated carcass than any other person. He will be difficult to replace.

On the other hand, I really doubt Democrats can raise much money at all advertising for Todd Palin, but you sure do make it look like you can't contain yourself around him.

Posted by: muawiyah | February 5, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse


Look at your keyboard. On the left hand, you see where it says "Caps Lock?" Look just to the LEFT of that key- you see it says "INSANE RIGHT WING RANT"? You have that key stuck on. Press it once to turn it off.

Oh, and don't lie... everyone you know cranes their neck when they drive by an accident. That's why we like to crane our neck whenever Palin is around. too.

Posted by: wideblacksky | February 5, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

What's the big deal? Did you liberals care when Billary was involved in all matters of her hubby's administration? And do you really think Michelle O. doesn't influence her husband? Get real. We all know who wears the pants in that family, and it ain't the President.

Posted by: Darlene_Jr | February 5, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Two for the price of one. The cost of the tanning bed is not so important; but what about those two cabins they haven´t paid taxes on?

Posted by: Aquarius1 | February 5, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

And some people still want Sarah and the rest of her hillbilly clan in the White House. . . .

I just want the media to make her hush up and go away. The sooner, the better.

Posted by: momof20yo | February 5, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

"The fires of Hell are glaciers compared to my hate for the American government." "I'm an Alaskan, not an American." Those are the words of Joe Vogler, founder of the secessionist Alaska Independence Party, to which Todd belonged for many years. Does Todd think he is "an Alaskan, not an American?" Does he hate the American government? Does his wife? --Todd has never been held to account for his membership in the party, his current views, etc. For that matter, his wife's affiliations in that regard have barely been looked into (you CAN be a registered Republican and at the same time be a member of another political party; many fringe groups encourage their members to run for office through major parties.) The Palins have alot to account for before I would want their hands anywhere near the levers of American government, affecting the lives of us all. And given Sarah's ongoing public role, a thorough investigation by the press on this issue is long overdue.

Posted by: DHughs | February 5, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Not surprised!
Sarah Palin and her long list of accomplishements were only know by Senator McCain who met her for 15 minutes before he asked her to be his VP.

That said, when the Right knocks President Obama.. I hope they will realize Sarah Palin had/has nothing to offer. If one must talk 'least objectionable,' give me the Obama/Biden ticket. The more Sarah plays to the media, the more convinced I am she's best gift to Democrats.

Sadly for women, a trip back to place most of us who consider ourselves accomplished do want to remember.

Posted by: Victoria5 | February 5, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

If only Sarah could sing, because with her story and down syndrome baby she would make a great contestant on American Idol with a 60 second "feel sorry for me" preperformance montage.

Posted by: ozpunk | February 5, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

If only Sarah could sing, because with her story and down syndrome baby she would make a great contestant on American Idol with a 60 second "feel sorry for me" preperformance montage.

Posted by: ozpunk | February 5, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Palin is an imbecile. But I am glad the media keeps reporting on her and Rush and even that terd Mitch McConnel. It may be that the best hope the Dems have are the clowns running the GOP.

Posted by: Schwartz1 | February 5, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't guess I understand why WP and some of these bloggers would focus on this, when the climategate emails recieved hardly any attention at all... The greatest hoax of our time, and you're worried about influence from Sarah Palin's husband on the government of Alaska?

BTW.. the word "teabagger" is very you really have to resort to calling names like that, or are you just that un-intelligent?

Posted by: wlpuck | February 5, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Blather on, you vicious hypocritical Liberals. Attack someone who is not running for anything, if it makes you happy. But you are still going down in November.

Posted by: GregJolysGhost | February 5, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Perfectly understandable: I mean, come on, you can't be inbred White Trash without a tanning bed, now can you?

Posted by: joneshn | February 5, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The emails shows who's the real power in the AK Governor's mansion and it sure wasn't pretty Sarah because she does not have a clue how to do things.

Much like the Cheney and Bush years.

For coaching on disguising the electrical work for the tanning bed shows how she likes to get away with things.

Posted by: beeker25 | February 5, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I really hope this revelation doesn't come as a surprise to anyone. I mean, does anyone seriously believe Sarah has the ability to make even the simplest of decisions? Really, the woman is clueless.

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | February 5, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I much rather see a husband and wife working together than for one of them to use their position to chase people of the opposite sex, like so many Republicans were caught doing last year.

And what would you expect from a Bimbo anyway.

He probably had to read the long words to her.

Posted by: lindalovejones | February 5, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

OK! Who is surprise. She not only quit her position to become a gifter but Todd come no longer run the office for her. He is the man behind her power in AK..period. He couldn't run because he doesn't hold a degree..!

Sarah worked from home most of the time so Todd could tell her what to say and do..!

Posted by: 2mtsenie | February 5, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

With Bill and Hillary Clinton America got "two for the price of one" (Hillary's words on 60 Minutes). Hillary is reported to have said regarding the Vice Presidency on the Obama ticket "I've already done that job" (Game Change).
So why is it so what, controversial? scandalous? threatening? That Mr. Palin was involved in his wife's career as Governor of Alaska?

I suppose there is news here, but let's treat it as something common in 21st Century politics: political dynasties on the left and on the right. Personally, I think these poltical partnerships / dynastiers are undersireable and contrary to democratic tradition. But this has been giong on since the Adams's of Braintree, MA.

Posted by: krush01 | February 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Did the state pay for the double wide with the plastic wood pannels and the propane delivery bill?

How about pumpin' out the septic? Or puttin' up the engines on blocks out front?

Who pays for the dog food for the one eyed 3 legged hound?

Posted by: jjjkkkllll | February 5, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Banana Republicans!

Posted by: dddvu | February 5, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Banana Republicans!

Posted by: dddvu | February 5, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Don't all independent and successful businesswomen have their husbands' shadow manage their positions?

Posted by: JenAZ | February 5, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The sad fact is that we are most comfortable with the familiar...and many recognize themselves in dim luminaries such as Palin and junior Bush. Personally, if I were a Xenophobic, aerial hunting, aggressively ignorant former beauty queen I'd get on board

Posted by: mulezen | February 5, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Behind every hot, air head woman is an evil man.

Posted by: chucky-el | February 5, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Other reports note 243 emails were held by the Palins stating first dude was protected by "executive privilege."
That taxes the imagination because it seems like his revealed stuff is waaaay too much.
Question WaPost: Why isn't that reported here???
A correction should be posted.

Posted by: anetgroup | February 5, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

The media loves her because her stupidity is so entertaining to them. What they don't realize is that about half of America is just as stupid and so they see her as a hero. It's the same half that elected W.

Posted by: voldenuit123 | February 5, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Eeeeeewwwww! The First Dude is in a union? Yikes Sarah! What's that all about??????

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | February 5, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Why she gets any attention is a mystery. It can only be her attractiveness. She's plain stupid, that's been revealed. If her husband ran the show in Alaska it wouldn't be surprising considering her inadequacies. Just goes to show in today's America how an attractive woman can get on the VP ticket, get all kinds of TV coverage after her defeat, be the prominent speaker at the Tea Party... All because of her looks.

Posted by: crumppie | February 5, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The media is doing the public a service by exposeing the Palin family for the misfits they are,it seems Sarah will do anything for money even give up the governorship

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | February 5, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Palin defenders are never able to offer a strong defense of their heroine. INSTEAD THEY USE ALL CAPITAL LETTERS or call people "delusional" or "libtards."

What would $arah say about using the word "libtard," eh?

Posted by: goldengateview | February 5, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

The tea baggers' heroine has been exposed. What a ttwatt.

Posted by: swatkins1 | February 5, 2010 12:57 PM

We always knew what she was. The only thing we did not know was her price.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 5, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Tanning bed! Oh, no Sarah. Your followers need you in 2012.

"The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced today that it has moved UV tanning beds to its highest cancer risk category -- "carcinogenic to humans."

Posted by: waqnis | February 5, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: MALBENNET | February 5, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Funny (in a sad way) how many articles are popping up in the liberal media attacking Sarah Palin.

A delusional article from NYTime's Tim Egan comparing Palin and John Edwards has to be the (current) height of hysterical lamentations from the left.

Why all this sudden resurgence of Palin-bashing?
Surely not the Tennessee Tea Party where she is scheduled to speak.

Posted by: spamsux1 | February 5, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

So how much does it cost to hook up a tanning bed?

Posted by: jjj141 | February 5, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

The Palin family: confidence men and women.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 5, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

The tea baggers' heroine has been exposed. What a ttwatt.

Posted by: swatkins1 | February 5, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

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