We need to find the stuff the media doesn’t want the public to know about. We want to show the stuff they aren’t reporting but is still available online. The media wanted to “expose” what kind of executive Governor Palin was while in office… So, let us oblige them! We need your help collecting and archiving excerpts.
Let’s do it again! For now, just post links and noteworthy quotes in the comment section on this thread. I will update it throughout the day.
For a refresher, see the post from the first C4P email project.
Update: It seems that the media is trying to make hay out of the email release by playing up a message that was actually released during the first dump last year. Under a photo of Governor Palin and her husband at the Huffington Post, they write:
“Even before she emerged on the national stage, Palin’s marriage was strained.”
And the AP story says:
“So speaking of… If we, er, when we get a divorce, does that quell ‘conflict of interest’ accusations about BP?” Palin wrote in a 2007 email to her husband and aide Kris Perry, referring to her husband’s former work for BP.
The AP even got the recipients wrong, the email WASN’T sent to Todd Palin.
Here’s the actual email that Governor Palin sent:
Subject: “Marital Problems”
So speaking of…
If we , er, when we get a divorce , does that quell “conflict of interest ” accusations
Even Frank Bailey knew she was just joking. He responded:
This is a classic example of leftist media distortion.
Update II: Here are some samples from the new batch of emails released so far:
On Transparency during the transfer of authority to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell:
“Hi Rena: to avoid putting Alaskans through the typical, “politics-as-usual” Lame Duck status during my last year in office, steps are in place for a smooth leadership transition without gaps in our agenda’s progress that’s proven successful. Sean Parnell will continue to protect our Constitution and responsibly develop our resources and keep the state on good economic ground, as we’ve been doing together these past years.
We’re ensuring that the proper Constitutional and statutory procedures are followed. The Department of Law is overseeing the
transition process so it’s seamless and we stay true to Alaska’s Constitution and statutes. I’ll bring Lt. Gen. Campbell’s name forward and he’ll serve Alaskans well as Lt. Gov. Statutes will be followed in this transition, as they were when Gov. Hickel moved forward some years ago to work for Alaska in a different capacity than Governor, and as transition statutes are followed when lawmakers chose to move from their legislative seats to work elsewhere.
The only request I have of lawmakers through this line of succession process is for them to be open and transparent about their confirmation decision by casting votes in public, then we can all look forward to a wonderful swearing-in ceremony for Sean Parnell that I’m planning to hold in Fairbanks!”
Proof that Shannyn Moore is a liar:
“Is anyone working on presser re smacking down the false allegations that are all over local and national news
re: the lie from Shannyn Moore re FBI probe?”
From: Leighow, Sharon W (GOV)
To: Palin, Sarah (GOV sponsored)
“The FBI has come out with statements denying any investigation – so at this point I don’t know if a statement is necessary. From what I can see – reporters are just planting seeds – say FBI and Palin in the same story and hopefully the conenection will stick. The LA Times story made clear that the FBI issued a statement saying you are not under investigation. In any case – this would just be a general statement.”
Proof that Governor Palin did indeed reject Obama’s “stimulus” money:
“I just wanted to pass along our support of the Governor for her rejection of the stimulus package dollars for unemployment insurance benefits. The State Chamber, Senator Ellis and many others have worked diligently over the previous two legislative sessions to craft a bill that increased the weekly benefit amount to claimants while putting into place cost saving measures to control on going costs. As we understand it, acceptance of the stimulus dollars would unravel much of that good work. Please let the Governor we appreciate her rejection of the UI stimulus monies. If we can be of assistance in reinforcing her position, please let me know.
Wayne A. Stevens
Alaska State Chamber of Commerce
On the AK state budget Obama’s “stimulus” money:
“I was asked by lawmakers to provide solutions to the problem Alaska faces with decreased revenue resulting in deficit spending and increased draw on our savings accounts. I have done so by crafting a conservative budget and proposing to use Fed Stim funds to replace some of the state’s general funds to pay for Alaska’s priorities. My proposal allows us to keep healthy savings so we are prepared for the future. Legislators claim my proposal is not acceptable, and have resolved to accept every Fed Stim dollar they can get their hands on. Legislators hold the state’s purse strings, and they have made their decision, and because I am not a dictator I accept their decision. It’s important and fair for Alaskans to know, though, of my administration’s attempts to reign in state government growth and not contribute to the nation’s growing debt that we will be passing on to our children.”
35K in costs for Governor Palin and family per bogus complaints 8.may 2009:
“Re: Today’s scheduling If there were a way I could get there I would. I’m in Juneau. Keep in mind this, with the Juneau situation: I’m damned if I do, damned if I don’t. I’m condemned and scrutinized for not being here enough – which led to ethics charges and paying out of my pocket for First Gentlemen and First Family retro’d back travels based on bogus accusations that I traveled too much in the past.., and paid out of my pocket retro’d back taxes for not being in the Gov’s mansion “enough” while it was being renovated the past two summers.., this Juneau situation cost Todd and me about $35,000 recently. The double standard applied to me and my spouse keeps me from freely traveling as other govs did. …..”
On the frivolous ethics complaint costs to the State of Alaska:
“Are Alaskans outraged, or at least tired of this yet? Another frivolous ethics charge by a political blogger? This would be hilarious if it wasn’t so expensive for the state to process these accusations and for me to defend against the bogus harassments. Yes, I wore Arctic Cat snowgear at a snowmachine event, because it was cold outside, and by the way today I am wearing Alaska’s own Paige Adams’ jeans and Alaska’s Romney Dodd-Ortland hand-painted clogs. When will I see the ethics charge for wearing these? Now how much will this blogger’s asinine political grandstanding cost all of us in time and money today?”
On travel expenses and being charged for trips that were never taken:
Do any of you pay taxes on your per diem when you travel for the state, as I am required now to retroactively do? Or taxed for the vehicles you drive that are rented or paid for by the state? I ask because we’re trying to go through days and hours of state events/functions/travels to figure out the thousands of dollars we’re asked to now retroactively pay re: per diem, vehicle use and family travel.., before we meet with our tax people at H ARE we want to make sure we know all the consistencies in state rules. BTW- we’re asked to pay full price for tickets the state purchased for some of the First Family events (like NGA’s annual mtg for families in Philly), but we would never have purchased these expensive tickets- we would have used miles, shopped around for cheap tickets, used companion coupons, or just not gone – had we known the state would later say these trips weren’t acceptable as FF events (and the NGA trip is being charged to us at nearly $3000). My understanding is in the past, the person who would reimburse the state for “personal travel” does so at the price they would have paid for the cheapest travel… Linda, please check into that aspect of this retroactive problem we’ve been handed.
Also, I was explaining to Bristol that Petemenous is charging us for things like her trip to Anchorage “so Bristol could attend Valley Performing Arts ‘Beauty and the Beast’ performance” (is how the PB explained that trip’s need for reimbursement).., but Bristol just reminded me she’s never been to VPA, certainly didn’t travel from Juneau to Anchorage to do so! So… if Petemenous got that one wrong on his publicized list of trips I owe the state for, how many others did he get wrong? (Obviously the FF traveled to Anchorage that weekend to attend the AFN Elders’ Honoring the new FF event at the Native Heritage Center… it wasn’t so Bristol could attend a play that she never attended.)”
For the Trig-Truther trolls out there, Governor Palin DID release her medical records to the national media:
“A quick correction regarding your allegation that I claimed in our press release that you “failed to correct errors.” Please
re-read the presser. The mention of the ADN was in reference to your ridiculous pursuit of the “Who’s Trig’s Real Mother…” angle. You say you have not “received any cooperation.., from the parties who, in (your) judgment, stood to benefit most from the story, namely (me and my family).” Pat, we have cooperated. I told you I gave birth to Trig. My family and I were interviewed by local and national press on this, as was my doctor. We released my medical summary to national press. How much more “cooperation” can we provide before that line of questioning ends? And to read your comment that the recent rounds of questions regarding Trig may still not be the end of the story is a bit unbelievable. Surely you have more to report on than that sensational rumor. At this point, I do not blame my doctor for not wanting to comment further, and I join her in saying enough is enough, I will no longer continue to try to prove that Trig is my son… unless you offer to pay for a DNA test that can finally kill the most asinine story I have ever been asked to comment on.
(I’m only half-joking!)
Why was Todd Palin continually excluded from First Spouse traditions and protocol?:
“To be told just two minutes ago.., after much planning for the soldiers’ funeral tomorrow, that non-military “probably can’t travel” on military aircraft is very frustrating.., especially knowing that other first spouses did. And knowing that non-military has traveled on military helicopters (I was with them when they did) in the past. It was a week ago we started planning this with the plan for Trig to travel with me – so I left him in Wasilla upon my return to Juneau last night until we travel together to the funeral. The plan today was for Todd to attend also. If I would have been informed a week ago that there was a wrinkle in this I would never have left Trig home, I would not have had Todd rearrange his schedule for the trip to attend the funeral, etc. It sounds like, as usual, the wrinkles that prohibit my, and the First Gentleman’s, participation in an important event is based on rules that we’re not told of, or that change without this office’s notice. Frank Murkowski had his standing memo that stated if Nancy didn’t attend, then he didn’t attend. Everyone’s seen the memo. I refer to it all the time re the example of the double standard applied to the Palins. I do not know why Todd has been continually excluded from First Spouse traditions and protocol, and I don’t know why we haven’t been allowed to have the same standing memo’s message that Todd WILL participate in this Governor’s gig of mine.., despite the critics mission to force me to adhere to a double standard that changes constantly.., and despite these adversaries mission to constantly divide my family via these changing rules, but enough is enough. The disrespect shown the First Gentleman through the Troopergate issue, the “no, you can’t travel with her even though every other First Spouse did and does across the country”, the bill we’re handed now to pay the state for legitimate First Family and First Gentleman travel, etc is very embarrassing, frustrating and has not been a fair situation to deal with.”
ADN Questions Todd’s BP 401K saying that “some” suggested the number on the form, “12031008″ was his balance. Turns out that it was the date:
“The number next to his 401 (k) is the DATE. 12/31/08, sent in the official form from BP folks. Dear God.”
Message from a taxi driver named Jim about “Integrity”:
From: Irwin, Tom E (DNR)
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2007 10:06 PM
To: Palin Sarah
Governor, tonight I rode with a taxi driver named Jim. He has been in Alaska 30+ years. He asked if I would give you a message and I said I would. “the only thing Alaskans want from their politicians is integrity and you are the only one providing that, he trusts you and thanks you. He is praying God’s best for you”
Hope this encourages you, it sure encouraged me. God bless! Tom
Governor Palin was talking about the frivolous ethics complaints when she wrote “I can’t take it anymore.”
From: Sharon Leighow
Governor- just a follow up. Both Lisa Demer and Mark Thiessan were asking about what state business was conducted on the Indiana trip. We let them know that you met with 3 TC officials for an hour and a half and the topic was the gasline. Both seemed fine with that and didn’t ask for further details about the meeting.
From: Governor Palin
Very true. Thank you. And the trip cost the state zero funds.
Apparently on the same day another ethics complaint was set to be filed by Sondra Thompkins.
From: Governor Palin
Unflippinbelievable… I’m sending this because you can relate to the bullcrap continuation of the hell these people put the family through.
From: Ivy Frye
Complete bs. Saw this early this morning. Have been on the phone about it.
From: Governor Palin
I can’t take it any more.
From: Meg Stapleton
This should be tossed out immediately. It is inaccurate from top to bottom. And the liberal blog fabrication and coordination? Perhaps the media will start telling that story. Pardon my emailing your state account.