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Palin and Gifts: The Mining Connection

POSTED: 12:10 PM ET, 09/26/2008 by The Editors

About a quarter of the 41 gifts that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has received since taking office in December 2006 have a link to one of the state's most influential mining lobbyists. That's one of the findings in a report today by The Post's James V. Grimaldi and Robert O'Harrow Jr.

GRAPHIC: A look at gifts given to Gov. Sarah Palin since January 2007.

Among the items on the list are:

* A $2,200 ivory puffin mask from an Alaska Native Corporation called Calista, which has mining interests in southwestern part of the state.

* A $1,200 gold-nugget pin from the city of Nome and which Palin said she would keep for "personal use."

* More than $1,000 in gifts from the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

* A note apparently hand-written by Palin on an ethics form saying that the mining lobbyist, Wendy Chamberlain, had taken one of Palin's daughters on a trip.

Chamberlain has been hired by Calista and Nome as a lobbyist; several representatives of Chamberlain's clients are on the heritage center's board, including Calista, which promoted a ceremony with the governor in its newsletter.

In all, Palin's 41 gifts from mining industry executives, visiting dignitaries, municipalities and the nonprofit cultural center were worth $25,000, records show.

The list of gifts, which was compiled from ethics disclosure forms filed by the governor, provides a window into Palin's public life, which is under scrutiny since she was named Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate on the GOP ticket. The gift list touches on lobbying, public events, politics, the role of mining as a burgeoning industry in the state, as well as Alaska Native Corporations, which are increasingly involved in a wide array of endeavors in Alaska and across the country.

In an interview, Chamberlain said she did not know her clients had given the gifts, and she was also unaware that two of her mining clients had spent $1,000 to fly the governor's husband, Todd Palin, to their mines. One is the Donlin Creek Mine on Calista land.

She also said that she kept her distance from Palin, except to discuss their daughters and their budding friendship. She said she did not discuss with her one of the hottest topics in Alaska this year, Proposition 4, an issue very important to Chamberlain's mining client, the Pebble Partnership.

Environmentalists brought to the ballot Proposition 4 to limit pollution from mines going into salmon waters. The initiative was seen as a direct attack on the Pebble Mine, a massive gold-mining enterprise proposed for the lands adjacent to Bristol Bay, the world's largest spawning ground of sockeye salmon.

Chamberlain and her firm, Legislative Consultants, were given credit by lawmakers in 2006 for successfully killing legislation that would have done what Proposition 4 proposed, impose new restrictions on mines that discharge tailings and pollution into Alaska waters.

In August, the governor took sides on the initiative.

"Let me take my governor's hat off just for a minute here and tell you, personally, Prop 4 -- I vote no on that," Palin said, when asked about the measure at a press conference in August. Palin said the initiative was unnecessary because state regulators kept watch over the mines. "We're going to make sure that mines operate only safely, soundly."

After Palin spoke, her statements were used in political ads and Prop. 4 went down to defeat.

Palin supporters say Palin has carefully balanced needs of the environment against the needs of Alaskans.

Meghan Stapleton, a McCain-Palin spokesman based in Alaska and a former communications official in Palin's gubernatorial office, said: "From the moment Governor Palin took office, she made it clear she supports responsible resource development. On the issue of the possible development of Pebble Mine: this is not about whether you are for or against development because they haven't even submitted a permit, this is about process and ensuring that any company that wants to come to Alaska and develop our resources is at the very least provided the opportunity to avail themselves of the state's process."

But some critics say Palin's personal foray into the mining issue is dissonant with the image she projects as a reformer. "The tangled web here between big money and politics is really evident these days," said Rick Steiner, a marine-conservation professor at the University of Alaska who supported the environmental initiative. "Palin ran on that campaign promise and may have done some positive things in that regard, yet we see this tight relationship between her administration and very powerful industrial interests in Alaska."

A state watchdog agency has scheduled a hearing in November to determine whether the statement crossed an ethical line limiting partisan government intervention in ballot initiatves.

By The Editors |  September 26, 2008; 12:10 PM ET Post Investigations
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Doesnt surprise me, the sad thing is, with the economy like it is. I dont know if any one cares right now. Just how much will this economy affect the other issues in this campaign?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 26, 2008 1:13 PM

In my investigation for Counterpunch before the Vice Presidential nomination, I found that both Palin as Governor and Obama through his surrogate, Jim Whitaker, Republican invited to the Denver convention, had endorsed a no vote on the state initiative to
stop toxic polution of fisheries from
a proposed massive strip mine.Big Mining had both major party candidates in their pockets. Google:
Steve Conn-Obama for details.

Posted by: steve conn | September 26, 2008 1:29 PM

This is not even funny anymore. I am starting to feel very badly for her. (not dumb enough to vote for her), but that not her problem that is John McCain's for choosing her.

Posted by: whynot | September 26, 2008 3:51 PM

WOW!!!....I know that her husband has played a HUGE roll in all of her dealings...there has been alot of speculation on how far MR. Palin's influence has been over his wife....

I would not be suprised if her husband is using her power to get what he wants....the same is being shown in the McCain campaign....they wont let palin do anything and its SEXIST....she cant do interviews, fundraisers, Q and A, nothing without the McCAin team's say so

The Palin we were introduced to from the Convention was alive....seeing her interview with Couric, she seems empty, her words were scripted and canned answers....will the real palin please stand up..

Posted by: Oregon4Obama | September 26, 2008 4:04 PM

Are the ivory statues she was given legal in Alaska?

Posted by: pat | September 26, 2008 4:10 PM

It is no wonder McCain and his campaign want to keep Sarh Pilan tightly wrapped in her blankets to keep her from being exposed to and by the media and the American public. The woman has a history of "smeared accomplishments" and "smeared dealings". She knew she had received "tainted" money from these two men, yet NEVER made any effort to rid herself of it UNTIL IT WAS MADE PUBLIC!! How many, many more skeletons is this woman hiding in her "walk-in closet"?? She is definitely NOT eligible, qualified, or fit as veep, or prez should McCain happen to lie his way into the presidency and expire shortly thereafter. Remember, just recently he proved to the entire world he is INCAPABLE of handling more than one issue at a time!!! And even then, he is INCPABLE of handling that one issue!!

Posted by: NinaK | September 26, 2008 4:15 PM

I am puzzled by people who feel connected to Palin b/c she is a mother.

She seems like a pretty neglectful one.

She pats herself on the back for having that baby, then it seems like she has better things to do than spend time with it.

Is little Trig traveling around the country with her, campaigning? Is this the best thing for a special needs infant? Or is he home, being cared for by a nanny (Palin's discussed her nannies in the past). When does she plan to resume being "mother" to this child?

It's that it's her *job* as a woman to be a primary caretaker. It's that she had this kid and then seems to have better things to do, than to be with him. And providing him with an optimal infancy seems of minimal importance. Does he really need to be carted out to those conventions, with all the noise, bright lights and intense people. Is that what a baby needs?

Seems like Ms. Palin cares more about the life of a baby before is born.

Posted by: What about Trig? | September 26, 2008 4:18 PM

day after day more skeletons come out on this woman who was suppose to be the female maverick who stood up to her party. LOL yea and all the while taking earmarks and gifts from lobbyist.

Weird I thought that is what she was suppose to be against. Guess not.

Posted by: nathan | September 26, 2008 4:27 PM

Isn't it ILLEGAL to own IVORY?? People in Alaska were blatantly killing walrusus for their ivory and leaving the carcusse to rot!! Time to open up another investigation on Pilan for accepting such a gift??

Posted by: NinaK | September 26, 2008 4:30 PM

ONCE AGAIN....the media is trying to manipulate this election in Obamas favor.

So where was the investigative story into ALL the GIFTS OBAMA has received from Corporate America as well as lobbyists?

So where are the investigative reports on ALL the GIFTS AND PERKS OBAMA has received from media executives and Hollywood?

The media isn't fooling anyone and it has lost ALL CREDIBILITY with the American Public.


Posted by: Tired of MEDIA BIAS | September 26, 2008 4:34 PM

Anyone who attempts attacking Sarah Palin for her lack of experience must be VOTING AGAINST OBAMA.

Obama is running for President and has ZERO EXPERiENCE!

Governor Palin has managed the LARGEST STATE in America for the last two years. Obama has done ZERO.....spent most of his time voting present.

To complain about Palin is to complain about OBAMA, since he has less experience.

Posted by: OBAMA ZERO EXPERIENCE | September 26, 2008 4:40 PM

Some supporter's of Palin, in spite of her clear lack of mastery of any issue of substance,as proven in the two interviews she gave so far, would prefer to drag this country over a cliff. Religion is one thing, but when McCain's base must have Palin and they don't care one wit about her danger to this country you have to ask what they really want.

Posted by: siren1 | September 26, 2008 5:07 PM

Anyone who attempts attacking Sarah Palin for her lack of experience must be VOTING AGAINST OBAMA.

Obama is running for President and has ZERO EXPERiENCE!

Governor Palin has managed the LARGEST STATE in America for the last two years. Obama has done ZERO.....spent most of his time voting present.

To complain about Palin is to complain about OBAMA, since he has less experience.

Posted by: OBAMA ZERO EXPERIENCE | September 26, 2008 4:40 PM

Lets take a look at what you call the "largest state"
Is this by land mass?
We all know you can see Russia from there.
Or do you mean by population?

Alaskan STATE Poplulation 670,053

Now lets look at the CITY of Chicago 2,836,658

So which gorilla math are you using? The land mass of Alaska in which there are more moose than people or by population?

As to Obama's experience
Senator Barack H. Obama, J.D.
Best Selling Author
Constitutional Scholar, Professor of Constitutional Law
Member, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Chairman, Subcommittee on European Affairs
Member, Subcommittee on African Affairs
Member, Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Member, Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection
Member, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Member, Subcommittee on Children and Families
Member, Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
Member, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Member, Subcommittee on Ad Hoc Subcommittee on State, Local, and Private Sector Preparedness and Integration
Member, Subcommittee on Investigations
Member, Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security
Member, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Elected in 2004, Barack Obama has sponsored 136 bills since Jan 4, 2005. Obama has co-sponsored 653 bills during the same time period.
Recent Selected Obama sponsored bills that Samza admired:
Passed Senate
Jun 26, 2007 S.Con.Res. 25: A concurrent resolution condemning the recent violent actions of the Government of Zimbabwe against peaceful opposition party activists and members of civil society.
Scheduled for Debate
Apr 24, 2008 S. 2433: Global Poverty Act of 2007
Jun 3, 2008 S. 3077: Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending Act of 2008
Oct 4, 2007 S. 2147: Security Contractor Accountability Act of 2007
Jul 26, 2007 S. 1885: Military Family Job Protection Act
Obama's eight years Reprenting 650,000 people of District 13
Highlights of ILLINOIS STATE LEGISLATURE 1997-2004
a SHORT SELECTION OF THE Bills Obama Successfully Sponsored:
2004. Health Care Justice Act, a study of ways to implement a universal health care system statewide.
2003. Requirement that law enforcement videotape interrogations of suspects for serious crimes.
2003. Successfully sponsored law enforcement study of the race of people pulled over for traffic tickets.
2003. Co-sponsored a prescription drug discount buying club program for seniors and the disabled.
1998. Successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform called the Gift Ban Act.
Samza-Selected (based on contrast to McSame and/or distortions of voting record) Excerpts of State Senate Voting record:
--Voted to raise the minimum wage in Illinois.
--Helped pass a 5 percent earned-income tax credit for low-income working families in 2000;
--Voted for having Illinois endorse embryonic stem cell research. (2004)
--Voted to let retired police and military police carry concealed weapons. (2004)

What do you have Palin accomplishing?

By the way your assertion that bagging on Palin for lack of experience should conversly mean one shouldnt vote Obama is a convenient thig to say given that you had it the other way around before Palin was chosen. Does this, by your logic mean nobody should vote for Palin either? Hmmmm intersting.

Posted by: feastorafamine | September 26, 2008 5:33 PM

It's so sad that the people who want to see her fail, will try to dig up anything on her. I'm sure Barack Hussein has received many "gifts" for his influence as well as the hero of the Liberal Dems...William Jefferson Clinton, former governor of Arkansas. The Washington Post would never compare their ethics with Palin's though. Of course not.... What will all you liberal Dems do when McCain/Palin win the election in November. Better stock up on your anti-depressants now!

Posted by: Conrad | September 26, 2008 5:35 PM

Sarah Palin agreed to put herself and her kids in this position. She is exploiting her kids for personal gain. They are a laughing stock of internet. I wonder how much money Palin got for agreeing to run for VP. I also wonder what they will come up with to delay her debate on october 2nd. A medical emergency with a baby? It will be something. Maybe she will be sick. I feel sorry for her kids.

Posted by: jodi davis | September 26, 2008 5:35 PM

Thank goodness Palin could be the coup-de-grace for the Republican Party in this election. And oh yeah, previous poster, Alaska is the largest state in land mass alone having appx 600,000 citizens, wow... Sure she's a 'by golly I'm just like you'&'sorta sheltered from real global and contiguous state politics' kinda gal but let's hope voters realize this is not who should be one step from the presidency. These times call for excellency of service and irrepressible civic duty - she's no Ann Richards, she's a mid-level PR executive.

Posted by: votesmart | September 26, 2008 5:46 PM

Indeed Alaska is the largest state in area but in population it ranks 47 out of 50 with a population around the same as Las Vegas. I guess the Mayor of Las Vegas should be VP. Mayor Goodman of LV has tons of foreign policy experience compared to Palin. He's got Egypt, Italy, and France all on the same street.

Posted by: perplexed | September 26, 2008 5:59 PM

I hear that Ms. Palin plans to cast Putin into the water to see if he floats or sinks....after the announcement of Palin as the VP choice, I googled her and was disappointed what I learned--most sites now gone. I think that she is dangerous and should never be near the Whitehouse and should be removed as governor of Alaska immediately. If she and Bush/Cheney had not put her up to be the second coming of the Virgin Mary, then perhaps all these things about her could be slowly digested and forgotten. But she was touted as the Virgin Mary and we find she is far from what she appears to be or what we were told she was/is. But, there are so many things coming out on this woman that I almost feel sorry for her. How disappointing it must be for the State of Alaska and for her friends. But with all these things, even the ultra right of the GOP must be wondering how Bush/Cheney and Rove could have made such a mistake. Palin should withdraw from this election and let it return to issues that concern our country. The GOP right should demand that she withdraw and let McCain continue with his election. How can the GOP now say they are the party of family values and morals--as a lifelong Republican, I will now vote against Bush/Cheney/Rove this election.

Posted by: Valdar | September 26, 2008 6:03 PM

I saw this question posted: Are the ivory statues she was given legal in Alaska?

Im a 14 year Alaska resident, and have met palin

Yes they are, if the ivory was taken from an animal killed by and for subsistence purposes (walrus for example) we have several native villages all around our state, and mostly they practice subsistence hunting and fishing to get by, like their culture has done for thousands of years. Like all native groups, Alaska natives are given authority to subsist in their traditional form. They are allowed to take the animals for food and also to make traditional art. In alaska it is not uncommon to see baleen (a hairy bone-like thing a whale has to filter plankton out of sea water) on peoples walls. All these things, includeing ivory, can be harvested, carved and sold by Alaskan Natives (but only Alaskan Natives, and only in limited quantities.)

Also I should point out on several occasions I have met Palin. I think she is getting a bad wrap in the media, just in how her personality is sometimes portrayed. She really is a sweet, personable charicter. Very friendly (and VASTLY different from our last governor) That said, I personaly do not find her to be a good choice for VP. I don't get the impression that she has ever really had a mind or interest in national politics, and I don't think she has a good grasp on the current Geopolitical state. I mean, stating that putin sometimes flys into our airspace? No, its never happened. It wouldn't happen without starting a HUGE international incident. Also if it ever DID happen, she would find out about it on the news like everyone else. Jets would scramble from Elmendorf on orders from way outside of her office. I doubt the pres, or sec-def would even bother to call her and let her know until the situation was already under command. It was painful to see her try and strech that one.

Posted by: Mike | September 26, 2008 6:31 PM

I personally believe the US Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don't have maps, and, uh, I believe that our education, like such as South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like, such as -- and I believe that they should. Our education over here in the US should help the US -- should help South Africa and should help the Iraq, and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future for our children."
Miss Teen South Carolina

Oil and coal? Of course, it’s a fungible commodity and they don’t flag, you know, the molecules, where it’s going and where it’s not. But in the sense of the Congress today, they know that there are very, very hungry domestic markets that need that oil first,” Palin said. “So, I believe that what Congress is going to do, also, is not to allow the export bans to such a degree that it’s Americans that get stuck to holding the bag without the energy source that is produced here, pumped here. It’s got to flow into our domestic markets first.”

We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there, they are right next to our state.

I guess beauty contestants have more in common than we know.

Posted by: feastorafamine | September 26, 2008 6:31 PM

Poor Sarah. Accepting the nomination must have seemed like such a good idea at the time, but now? She had a pretty good life goin' up there. She was thought of as a reformer, a Women governor in a man's world. Now that she's dealing with the "real" world, it may not seem like such a good idea.

What a creep that McCain guy is. Did he really think that she could get away with just hanging on his arm and smiling?

Poor thing, it isn't going to pretty.

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 26, 2008 6:38 PM

I find it difficult to understand how the electorate would knowingly place this woman a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

I beleive she will withdraw on or about October 1 for personal reasons.

The "Ancient Mariner," cannot survive with this appendage.

Posted by: patlas | September 26, 2008 7:38 PM

Palin is a moron, anyone who thinks they can go on National T.V. with Katie Couric unprepared is simply a fools fool. McCain didn't do himself or Palin any favors by trying to put her one heartbeat away from the presidency. I for one, will do all I can to ensure that doesn't happen...get out and vote!

Posted by: rkrill | September 26, 2008 8:15 PM

Feast or famine,

Governor Palin has more experience and more responsibility than ZERO OBAMA.

There are 122 state boards and commissions in Alaska to which Governor Palin has direct appointment authority.

What does Obama have direct appointment authority over ...ZERO

Since taking office in 2006, Gov. Paline has made approximately 110 appointments or re-appointments, including five Superior or District Court judge appointments. During the first session of the 25th Alaska State Legislature, legislators in joint session confirmed all 56 of Governor Palin’s appointments to various quasi-judicial and regulatory boards and commissions.

Accountancy, Alaska State Board of Public
Aerospace Development Corporation Board of Directors, Alaska
Aging, Alaska Commission on
Agriculture and Conservation Board
Alaska Health Care Strategies Planning Council
Alaska Retirement Management Board
Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission
Alaska-Alberta Bilateral Council
Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Advisory Board on
Architects, Engineers, & Land Surveyors, State Board of Registration for
Arts, Alaska State Council on the
Assessment Review Board, State
Aviation Advisory Board
Bald Eagle Preserve Advisory Council, Alaska Chilkat
Bar, Board of Governors of the Alaska
Barbers and Hairdressers, Board of
Big Game Commercial Services Board
Boating Safety Advisory Board
Broadcasting Commission, Alaska Public
Children's Trust Board, Alaska
Chiropractic Examiners, Board of
Citizens' Advisory Commission on Federal Areas in Alaska
Clemency Advisory Committee
Commemorative Coin Commission, Alaska
Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, Alaska
Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank Board of Directors
Community Service Commission, Alaska
Denali Access System Advisory Committee
Dental Examiners, Board of
Disabilities and Special Education, Governor's Council on
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Council on
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Task Force to Review the Council on
Education and Early Development, Board of
Education Commission of the States
Emergency Medical Services, Alaska Council on
Emergency Response Commission, Alaska State
Employment and Rehabilitation of People With Disabilities, Governor's Committee on
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Settlement Trustees
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Advisory Council
Fire Standards Council
Fisheries, Board of
Fishermen's Fund Advisory and Appeals Council
Forestry, Board of
Game, Board of
Historical Commission, Alaska
Historical Records Advisory Board, State
Homeless Council
Housing Finance Corporation, Alaska
Human Rights, State Commission for
Humanities Forum, Alaska
Independent Living Council, Statewide
Industrial Development and Export Authority, Alaska
Interstate Compact For Adult Offender Supervision, State Council for the
Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
Judicial Conduct, Commission on
Judicial Council, Alaska
Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, Alaska
Knik Arm Bridge And Toll Authority, Alaska
Labor Relations Agency
Libraries, Advisory Council on
Local Boundary Commission
Marine Pilots, Board of
Marine Transportation Advisory, Board of
Marital and Family Therapy, Board of
Medical Board, State
Mental Health Board, Alaska
Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees, Alaska
Midwives, Board of Certified Direct-Entry
Minerals Commission, Alaska
Municipal Bond Bank Authority, Alaska
Natural Gas Development Authority, Alaska
Natural Resources Conservation & Development Board
North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission - Advisory Panel to the U.S. Section
North Pacific and Bering Sea Fisheries Advisory Body
North Pacific Fishery Management Council
North Pacific Research Board
Nursing, Board of
Occupational Safety and Health Review Board
Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Alaska
Optometry, Board of Examiners in
Pacific Marine Fisheries Commission
Pacific Salmon Commission, Commissioners Panel
Pacific Salmon Commission, Northern Panel
Pacific Salmon Commission, Transboundary Panel
Parole, State Board of
Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees, Alaska
Personnel Board
Pharmacy, Board of
Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board, State
Pioneers' Homes Advisory Board, Alaska
Police Standards Council, Alaska
Postsecondary Education, Alaska Commission on
Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute Advisory Board
Professional Counselors
Professional Teaching Practices Commission
Psychologist and Psychological Associate Examiners, Board of
Public Offices Commission, Alaska
Railroad Corporation, Board of Directors of the Alaska
Real Estate Appraisers, Board of Certified
Real Estate Commission
Regents, University of Alaska Board of
Regulatory Commission of Alaska
Renewable Energy Fund Advisory Committee
Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board, Alaska
Safety Advisory Council, Alaska
Seafood Marketing Institute, Alaska
Seismic Hazards Safety Commission, Alaska
Social Work Examiners, Board of
State Officers Compensation Commission
Student Loan Corporation, Alaska
Subsistence Resource Commissions, National Park and Park Monument
Suicide Prevention Council
Uniform State Laws, National Conference of Commissioners on
Veterans Advisory Council, Alaska
Veterinary Examiners, Board of

Under her leadership, Alaska invested $5 billion in state savings, overhauled education funding, and implemented the Senior Benefits Program that provides support for low-income older Alaskans. She created Alaska’s Petroleum Systems Integrity Office to provide oversight and maintenance of oil and gas equipment, facilities and infrastructure, and the Climate Change Subcabinet to prepare a climate change strategy for Alaska.

During her first legislative session, Governor Palin’s administration passed two major pieces of legislation – an overhaul of the state’s ethics laws and a competitive process to construct a gas pipeline.

Governor Palin is chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, a multi-state government agency that promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety and the environment. She was recently named chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) Natural Resources Committee, which is charged with pursuing legislation to ensure state needs are considered as federal policy is formulated in the areas of agriculture, energy, environmental protection and natural resource management. Prior to being named to this position, she served as co-chair of this committee.

Prior to her election as governor, Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council and two terms as the mayor/manager of Wasilla. During her tenure, she reduced property tax levels while increasing services and made Wasilla a business friendly environment, drawing in new industry.

She has served as chair of the Alaska Conservation Commission, which regulates Alaska's most valuable non-renewable resources: oil and gas. She was elected by her peers to serve as president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors. In this role, she worked with local, state and federal officials to promote solutions to the needs of Alaska's communities.


Posted by: Democrats for Palin | September 27, 2008 1:13 AM

Palin read a speech in convention that someone else wrote, and most people were fooled. She can't no longer hide the fact that she is way out of her league.

Posted by: cahn | September 27, 2008 2:05 AM

The disclosure paperwork has a section that says "I can take official action that may affect the person who gave me the gift." It's been reported that she routinely answered "no" to that.

In 2006 she said she wanted to relax regulations on mining in Donlin Creek.

She accepted gifts from companies with mining interests in Donlin Creek in 2007.

Did she answer "no" for Calista Corp and the other mining interests? If so, that's class B felony perjury under Alaska statues AS 11.56.200 - AS 11.56.240.

Has anyone seen these Ethics Disclosure Gift forms she filled out?

Posted by: Wants an answer | September 27, 2008 12:07 PM

I always marvel the ease with which Americans can gloat on the ability of people to govern when it is so obvious that those same people have absolutely NO qualifications to do so. It really baffles me.

Posted by: abchuit | September 28, 2008 10:26 AM

Palin is a joke. She has her aides do all the dirty work and barely knows what to do in meetings and leaves early. She clearly fits the GW Bush mold.

Just because her name is added to a list of organizations or commitees doesn't mean she's done any real work for or on them. It's kind of like being an executive producer mentioned in the closing credits of a movie. She might get credit, but it's not clear that she actually did any actual work.

So, go ahead and make America the laughing stock of the world by casting your vote for Palin. And please try to remember that John McCain is also on the ticket.

Posted by: Joe Q. Public | September 28, 2008 11:40 PM

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