Alaska officials: Palin owes back taxes

posted at 5:44 pm on February 18, 2009 by Allahpundit

Good news: She’s officially qualified to serve in Obama’s cabinet.

Gov. Sarah Palin must pay income taxes on thousands of dollars in expense money she received while living at her Wasilla home, under a new determination by state officials.

The governor’s office wouldn’t say this week how much she owes in back taxes for meal money, or whether she intends to continue to receive the per diem allowance. As of December, she was still charging the state for meals and incidentals…

“Last fall we raised questions about longstanding practices within the Department of Administration regarding tax treatment of per diem payments,” Kreitzer wrote in an exchange of e-mails over the past few days with the Daily News.

“At the Governor’s request, we reviewed the situation to determine whether we were in full compliance with the pertinent Internal Revenue Service regulations,” [state administration commissioner Annette] Kreitzer wrote. “As a result of this review, we determined that per diem needs to be treated as income, requiring a revision of W-2 forms for any affected employees.”

Remember when WaPo broke the per diem story last fall? It was 10 days after McCain picked her, during the momentary lull between the media obsessing about Bristol Palin’s pregnancy and the media obsessing about Palin’s tanning bed. Team Maverick defended her for billing the state for nights away from Juneau spent in her own home in Wasilla, but the practice was sufficiently unusual that she evidently opted for full transparency and ordered a state review. Shrewd move: As embarrassing as it is to have this come out so soon after Geithner and Daschle, it would have been more embarrassing still to have it come up again in a future primary.

Exit question: Is Jerry Taylor the conservative movement’s newest persona non grata?


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EXIT QUESTION: Is Bristol’s baby SARAH’S dependent?

HHmmm….

///snark

seejanemom on February 18, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Heh…or is Trig Bristols dependent?

right2bright on February 18, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Don’t make excuses and blame AP for being anti-Palin. Ain’t his fault she owes.

Sounds like it ain’t hers either. How can you pay what you haven’t been asked to pay? This isn’t a Geithner situation.

Jim Treacher on February 18, 2009 at 6:19 PM

and on Greta she came out forcefully calling for Obama to Veto the Stimulus….seems like that was another Lying post about Palin not too long ago.

jp on February 18, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Eventually the Palin nutters will figure out that even though she gave a nice speech at the convention…she is not qualified to be POTUS and will never ever ever ever get the nomination…let alone the presidency.

The Wall on February 18, 2009 at 6:16 PM

People like this are why some of us defend Palin so vehemently. They are the deciders. They have no sense of “maybe.” They KNOW that Palin is dumb and unqualified. They are self-righteous. Its annoying to no end.

Have I ever said that Palin would be the best president in the history of the country or that she WILL be elected? No. I am simply defending one of the more honest politicians to come across the stage in quite a while.

And yet there are people who come around and tell me to stop doing that because she IS definitely unqualified, will never be president, etc.

jimmy the notable on February 18, 2009 at 6:20 PM

3..2..1 until CNN officially breaks this as “Per-Diem-Mealgate”. In other news….Oh wait, what other news?

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is under fire for allegedly taking what amounts to personal loans that he didn’t repay. Yet his predicament shouldn’t scare customers of personal unsecured loans like yourself. His came in the way of alleged favors he received, which is particularly odd when you consider that Emanuel used to sit on the board of Freddie Mac. More on that in a moment.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann of the New York Post report that “lived rent-free for years in the home of Rep. Rosa De Lauro (D-Conn.) – and failed to disclose the gift, as congressional ethics rules mandate.” It is common knowledge that Emanuel is a multimillionaire, which makes it all the more strange that he would need free room and board for any period of time.

…When Emanuel left Freddie Mac to run for Congress in 2002, the not-so-big-Mac’s political action committee contributed $25,000 to his campaign. Now, in a twist of irony, Rahm Emanuel is President Obama’s right hand man. They’re trying to dig America out of the mess Freddie Mac helped cause.

RepubChica on February 18, 2009 at 6:20 PM

longstanding practices within the Department of Administration regarding tax treatment of per diem payments,”

I thought when the issue of the per diem surfaced last year it was affected by the fact that the capital was so far from most people’s homes and Palin took the meal costs vice the per diem she would have been allowed to receive if she’d stayed in at the capital when the legislature was in session.
I thought that the meal allowance was significantly less than she could have received and that what she was doing was not unusual for the state. Or is my memory wrong?

katiejane on February 18, 2009 at 6:20 PM

As much as I like Sarah Palin, I do not think Republicans should nominate her as our ’12 POTUS candidate. I don’t say that because she’s a woman (I am) or not qualified (I think she’s more qualified than obummer) but we need someone who can garner the respect and admiriation of a cross section of people. I’m not backing a RINO but a conservative that appeals to more than the Republican base as Reagan did.

txag92 on February 18, 2009 at 6:20 PM

BABY GOT BACK!-taxes.

marklmail on February 18, 2009 at 6:21 PM

I suspect this is why she stopped collecting these per diems when she joined the McCain campaign.

maleman on February 18, 2009 at 6:18 PM

I was thinking it was because she was no longer working for Alaska. Per diems are standard. She’d get the money either way. The only question was whether it would be taxed.

Obviously she wasn’t the only one who was unsure, as it took a review to sort the thing out.

Esthier on February 18, 2009 at 6:21 PM

i guess you dont understand Alaskan geography.

ousoonerfan15 on February 18, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Another reason to love Palin’s honesty. She asked for the clarification. Get it over with now and not have it come up later. You better believe that any Republican with any kind of tax problem that would yield the federal government some extra bucks will be targeted. Any regular person that seems to have more money that the average welfare cheat will be a target from now on.

BetseyRoss on February 18, 2009 at 6:22 PM

The Wall on February 18, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Oh yea, we got a much better deal with Mr Triple the National Debt in 30 days or less. That was a much better choice….

His Secretary of State is trotting the globe apologizing for American’s being mean.

His AG is calling the country cowardly racists.

You are absolutely correct. Palin wouldn’t have done or tolerated any of that.

Hog Wild on February 18, 2009 at 6:22 PM

right2bright on February 18, 2009 at 6:19 PM

You, on the other hand, deserve the comparison to Andrew Sullivan. Unless you are, in fact, him.

Snowed In on February 18, 2009 at 6:22 PM

I agree – better than it comes out now than later.

seaplanes on February 18, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Damn, people…Some of you are being just downright nasty to Allah over any post having anything less than absolute praise for Sarah Palin.

This is EXACTLY why I do NOT want her as the frontrunner for 2012. You Palin people (and again, I like and admire the governor) are just…crazy! Insane.

There’s no place for that kind of attitude in today’s GOP.

Cripes…

JetBoy on February 18, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Exit question: Is Jerry Taylor the conservative movement’s newest persona non grata?

Yes..

DaveC on February 18, 2009 at 6:23 PM

After the Geithner and Daschle clusterfarks? It’s embarrassing for any politician to owe back taxes.

Allahpundit on February 18, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Not when the employer did not classify it as taxable income.

I don’t know if you’ve ever held a job where you had a lot of reimbursements or worked for a state agency, but for years I did a lot of travel that required reimbursements but since I was filing EZ or short form, I just trusted the W-2s and other tax documents I received. Isn’t this the same thing?

That’s not the same thing as being told by your employer that reimbursements/payments they provide you are intended to be used for you to pay taxes that you owe and going ahead and cashing those checks but not reporting income.

I think many people, probably most people, trust their employers to provide them with accurate taxable income statements.

Y-not on February 18, 2009 at 6:23 PM

People like this are why some of us defend Palin so vehemently. They are the deciders. They have no sense of “maybe.” They KNOW that Palin is dumb and unqualified. They are self-righteous. Its annoying to no end.

jimmy the notable on February 18, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Very true, it certainly is annoying, and does account for the over-protectiveness a lot of Palin supporters feel; but I think the reason doesn’t have much to do with self-righteousness among the psychotically anti-Palins.

ddrintn on February 18, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Everyone lay off AP.

blatantblue on February 18, 2009 at 6:16 PM

You lay off everyone. Palin got an updated W2 and AP has her serving in the obama administration. It takes a lie to make that leap — not good writing, not scrutiny — just plain old dishonesty.

Ronnie on February 18, 2009 at 6:24 PM

She has done absolutely nothing wrong. She asked for the ruling and now is getting screwed. She ought to appeal and take it to tax court.

SC.Charlie on February 18, 2009 at 6:24 PM

I’m not backing a RINO but a conservative that appeals to more than the Republican base as Reagan did.

txag92 on February 18, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Reagan couldn’t get elected today. He would be targeted and Villified hysterically by the MSM and left leaning gutters before he had a real shot. Then eventually, the elitist RINO’s who value what the Elites think of ‘who is smart and not smart’, like AP, would then be bashing him to try and keep him from getting nominated.

the country and MSM have changed for the worse, the Culture is in the gutter and sliding even farther into Secular Humanism. A person like Palin is naturally despised.

There is no Honor left

jp on February 18, 2009 at 6:24 PM

As much as I like Sarah Palin, I do not think Republicans should nominate her as our ‘12 POTUS candidate. I don’t say that because she’s a woman (I am) or not qualified (I think she’s more qualified than obummer) but we need someone who can garner the respect and admiriation of a cross section of people. I’m not backing a RINO but a conservative that appeals to more than the Republican base as Reagan did.

txag92 on February 18, 2009 at 6:20 PM

In other words, we need to let the moonbats dictate exactly what candidate is “acceptable”. No thanks.

ddrintn on February 18, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Sounds like it ain’t hers either. How can you pay what you haven’t been asked to pay? This isn’t a Geithner situation.

Jim Treacher on February 18, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Seriously, and it’s for this fiscal year isn’t it?

Tacitus_SGL on February 18, 2009 at 6:26 PM

It takes a lie to make that leap — not good writing, not scrutiny — just plain old dishonesty.

Yep, like the “Palin supports the Stimulus” shameless thread.

jp on February 18, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Gov. Palin asked for the inquiry, and paid the back taxes based on the new finding………

She didn’t orchestrate a MSM blitz to cover up for sleazy and dishonest tax evasion as a “honest mistake”, “it was just a mistake”, “mistakes are made”………… in order to become the Secretary of the Treasury.

Some of you are pathetic, unforgiving, or just idiots………

…… and by the way, Allah can post whatever he wants to. Go some place else if it offends thee to greatly, gee ssshhhh!

Seven Percent Solution on February 18, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Damn, people…Some of you are being just downright nasty to Allah over any post having anything less than absolute praise for Sarah Palin.

JetBoy on February 18, 2009 at 6:23 PM

No. Actually it’s just the posts that lie, distort, convict by innuendo. Nice spin though. +0.5

Ronnie on February 18, 2009 at 6:26 PM

txag92 on February 18, 2009 at 6:20 PM

There isn’t currently anyone who inspires a lot of the base more than Sarah at present. Were someone to come along who did, all the better. With that said, I think the other conservative standard-bearers at present (such as, for example, Sanford) have the collective charisma of a walnut. Good message, not-so-great presentation.

Snowed In on February 18, 2009 at 6:26 PM

no honestly I would be glad if allah had posted this story for the first time today. Why does he need to start a new thread when there was already a thread on this during the morning with over 140 responses.

ousoonerfan15 on February 18, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Tomorrows HotAir Blogposts:

“Alaskan Volcano Erupts;Palin fails to stop it”

“Sarah Palin drives herself,puts driver out of work”

“Palin cuts budgets, forces people to eat cat food”

When will it end? Does Sarah Palin spy on your from her Satellite Allah? Is she hiding in your frosted flakes?

portlandon on February 18, 2009 at 6:27 PM

I smell another orgasm for Keith Olbermann tonight!

That moron is STILL insulting Palin eventhough she has done more and starting from less than that idiot could ever dream of.

Speedwagon82 on February 18, 2009 at 6:27 PM

2nd Ammendment Mother on February 18, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Let’s see:
A legitimate question was asked
Palin agreed that is was a good question
Palin orders a review of the policy
The review finds that they were not in compliance
Palin revises her returns and pays the back taxes
What a great scandal!

True. No scandal or embarrassment at all.

But, yes, this topic is much more dramatic if you post the story in such a way as to imagine Keith Olberman’s “Worst Person in the World!” voice.

MoCoM on February 18, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Then eventually, the elitist RINO’s who value what the Elites think of ‘who is smart and not smart’, like AP, would then be bashing him to try and keep him from getting nominated.

jp on February 18, 2009 at 6:24 PM

I was just a kid at the time, but from what I’ve read the “moderate” Republicans of the time did indeed seem to believe that Reagan was hopelessly divisive and naive (read, “stupid”).

ddrintn on February 18, 2009 at 6:28 PM

I thought when the issue of the per diem surfaced last year it was affected by the fact that the capital was so far from most people’s homes and Palin took the meal costs vice the per diem she would have been allowed to receive if she’d stayed in at the capital when the legislature was in session.
I thought that the meal allowance was significantly less than she could have received and that what she was doing was not unusual for the state. Or is my memory wrong?

katiejane on February 18, 2009 at 6:20 PM

You’re remembering correctly, I think.

I believe the issue here — and what distinguishes this type of “per diem” from the sorts of travel per diems that a lot of us encounter at our jobs — is that Palin’s housing and meals (while at the governor’s mansion) are *probably* part of her compensation package. So it’s more like the case of having a company car (full-time, not just when you are “on the job”).

Now, when she’s not at the Gov’s mansion she isn’t benefitting from the housing (or meals) so they decided she was entitled to some version of their value… but they forgot that should be a taxable benefit.

That’s my best guess.

Again, I think this “per diem” is not the same as a $55 per diem someone can take when they are traveling out of town for business at a regular company. I think Palin’s per diem is more of a non-cash benefit.

Y-not on February 18, 2009 at 6:28 PM

Pffft.

(Imagining Palin detractors reading this story and pleasuring themselves)

This story will go the way of all the others.

turfmann on February 18, 2009 at 6:28 PM

Per diems are standard. She’d get the money either way.

From my reading of this article, this method of collecting per diems is NOT standard, in fact illegal in some states, and considered unethical in others.

The practice of billing for staying at home seems to be unusual. Many officials said it would not be allowed in their states, including California, Pennsylvania and South Carolina, as well as other jurisdictions. On the federal level, officials said members of Congress do not get per diem allowances for routine home visits.

Really, it is just gaming the system to get paid per diems to stay at your own home. I know there is some serious Palin worship here, but you would all be up in arms if this were a Dem dipping into the treasury like this, tax issues aside.

maleman on February 18, 2009 at 6:28 PM

In other words, we need to let the moonbats dictate exactly what candidate is “acceptable”. No thanks.

ddrintn on February 18, 2009 at 6:26 PM

this is exactly what has been happening.

George Allen would’ve been the nominee last year had he not been torpedoed in Va. pre-emptively, with the WaPo as accomplices.

jp on February 18, 2009 at 6:28 PM

No, what’s typical is some of you guys looking for any reason to scream at me in a post about Palin. The world’s against her and I’m in on the conspiracy.

Allahpundit on February 18, 2009 at 5:57 PM

The problem could never be you Allah. NEVER!!

You constantly post snarky posts about Palin then play the victim. All of your posts about her drip with your disdain and you just whine when people point this out. I’m not a Palin 2012 person, but even I see your posts are clouded with a antipathy towards the woman that make them a joke. You clearly look at every story you read about Palin and ask “how can I see this as a negative?”

Ampersand on February 18, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Sounds like it ain’t hers either. How can you pay what you haven’t been asked to pay? This isn’t a Geithner situation.

Yes but WWTTD? (What would Turbo-Tax Do?)

portlandon on February 18, 2009 at 6:29 PM

But, yes, this topic is much more dramatic if you post the story in such a way as to imagine Keith Olberman’s “Worst Person in the World!” voice.

MoCoM on February 18, 2009 at 6:27 PM

To imagine it, one has to have watched Countdown. Personally, I’m not into self-abuse, thanks.

(That, and I don’t have MSNBC. For that I believe I should be envied, not pitied.)

Snowed In on February 18, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Yes but WWTTD? (What would Turbo-Tax Do?)

Cost too much and then crash?

Snowed In on February 18, 2009 at 6:30 PM

While I generally have issues with AP’s portrayal of Palin, I think he’s improving. Yes, the headling could have been better, but this _is_ a site that _does_ need to generate traffic. Catchy headlines are marketing.

The content of the post was much more midline than some of AP’s Palin posts.

Now, for those who think this will all ‘blow over’… you obviously have already forgotten the depths of ‘moral equivalence’ that liberals will plumb to smear their opponents. This is going to dog Palin for the rest of her political career, even though it’s not her fault.

‘Tax cheat’ ‘tax cheat’ ‘tax cheat’… that’s all the media will say, and the people who don’t bother to be informed will believe it. To put it in football terms, the Republican offensive line is incredibly lousy. Red QB after red QB gets sacked by the ‘media blitz’.

The reason so many people here defend Palin to all comers, and even when she doesn’t deserve it (not that I’m saying she doesn’t here) is because the Party doesn’t even begin to understand how to do it themselves.

Scott H on February 18, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Again,…I’ll wait for more facts,…just as I said when it was posted Gov Palin supported the stimulus package, later we found to be false, as numerous story’s posted about Gov Palin.

christene on February 18, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Don’t make excuses and blame AP for being anti-Palin. Ain’t his fault she owes.

It’s about AP making a misleading headline/title for the post. Plus, in the original post about this that was posted in the headlines, he cherry-picked paragraphs to really make it misleading. He completely ignored the fact that she requested the whole thing.

DethMetalCookieMonst on February 18, 2009 at 6:31 PM

JetBoy on February 18, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Some of us are pissed because many of completely called AP out on misrepresenting the situation in the headline earlier today. I am certain that he was clear how upset we all were with how he characterized the situation, and yet decided to give it the exact same title as the headline item.
Not: “Obligatory “Palin owed taxes” post.” as if he’s resigned to report it against his own desire not to. He WANTED to post this. He enjoys pestering at her. It is annoying. If I’m being a little harsher than usual, that’s why.

jimmy the notable on February 18, 2009 at 6:31 PM

No. Actually it’s just the posts that lie, distort, convict by innuendo. Nice spin though. +0.5

Ronnie on February 18, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Lighten up.

You people are worse than the Obamites. There’s far too much creepy Palin-worship. And I hate saying that…since I’m a strong proponent for GOP party unity right now.

2012 is a long way off. Anything can happen ’til then. Just simmah a bit.

JetBoy on February 18, 2009 at 6:32 PM

I was just a kid at the time, but from what I’ve read the “moderate” Republicans of the time did indeed seem to believe that Reagan was hopelessly divisive and naive (read, “stupid”).

ddrintn on February 18, 2009 at 6:28 PM

they did, he was considered a radical.

my point is, this is worse and farther reaching influence today. probably because more people are going off to College and then think they too are the ‘smart people’

as THomas Sowell notes, the more education you get, there seems to be a correlation with lesser common sense.

jp on February 18, 2009 at 6:33 PM

hahha scott. This will be a non-issue next month. Obviously she didnt do anything wrong.

ousoonerfan15 on February 18, 2009 at 6:33 PM

Grrr, ‘headline’ in my last. Gah.

Scott H on February 18, 2009 at 6:33 PM

Damn, people…Some of you are being just downright nasty to Allah over any post having anything less than absolute praise for Sarah Palin.

This is EXACTLY why I do NOT want her as the frontrunner for 2012. You Palin people (and again, I like and admire the governor) are just…crazy! Insane.

JetBoy on February 18, 2009 at 6:23 PM

I see the ones like you who call people crazy if they even defend her the real problem. What’s crazy or insane about disagreeing with Allah’s bias Palin Posts. Straw man.

Ampersand on February 18, 2009 at 6:33 PM

You lay off everyone. Palin got an updated W2 and AP has her serving in the obama administration. It takes a lie to make that leap — not good writing, not scrutiny — just plain old dishonesty.

Ronnie on February 18, 2009 at 6:24 PM

I don’t think you have a grasp on AP humor.

Or much else :-*

blatantblue on February 18, 2009 at 6:35 PM

ousoonerfan: Palin belongs to the wrong party for this to be a non-issue.

Scott H on February 18, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Damn, people…Some of you are being just downright nasty to Allah over any post having anything less than absolute praise for Sarah Palin.

This is EXACTLY why I do NOT want her as the frontrunner for 2012. You Palin people (and again, I like and admire the governor) are just…crazy! Insane.

There’s no place for that kind of attitude in today’s GOP.

Cripes…

JetBoy on February 18, 2009 at 6:23 PM

People get upset about the Palin posts b/c Allah continues to post distortions about her just to rile up posters and drive up hits. Now, if there was a LEGITIMATE criticism about her with real evidence, then maybe we could have a discussion about it.

davek70 on February 18, 2009 at 6:36 PM

I can’t understand how sarah overlooked this… she can see the IRS building from her front porch, after all.

benny shakar on February 18, 2009 at 6:37 PM

If anyone else were treating Palin like AP does, Malkin would be calling them out on a regular basis. I doubt we will ever see a “PDS” post about Allah on Michelle’s blog.

Mark1971 on February 18, 2009 at 6:37 PM

I see the ones like you who call people crazy if they even defend her the real problem. What’s crazy or insane about disagreeing with Allah’s bias Palin Posts. Straw man.

Ampersand on February 18, 2009 at 6:33 PM

Go ahead and defend her. Why tho do you have to jump down AP’s throat anytime a less-than-worshiping post having anything to do with Palin shows up?

The Hot Air TOS doesn’t require you to read every post. Defend Palin…fine. Don’t crucify the messenger.

JetBoy on February 18, 2009 at 6:37 PM

my point is, this is worse and farther reaching influence today. probably because more people are going off to College and then think they too are the ’smart people’

jp on February 18, 2009 at 6:33 PM

Yeah, it’s no doubt worse, but I think it has more to do with the Internet and the 24-hour news cycle. A lot more time and space for a lot more idiocy.

ddrintn on February 18, 2009 at 6:37 PM

I don’t think you have a grasp on AP humor.

Or much else :-*

blatantblue on February 18, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Oh, it’s AP humor. No, I don’t have a grasp on AP humor – just humor.

Ronnie on February 18, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Yes, the headling could have been better, but this _is_ a site that _does_ need to generate traffic.

This is correct. It is just a wound that keeps getting the scab pulled off. Let the damn thing heal and people wouldn’t be so darn testy about it. It’s been constant Palin bash since August 2008. 6 months unfiltered Sarah hate hits a nerve after awhile. The funny thing is SHE LOST!! She lost and both dems & repubs can’t get over her. It’s like “Ground Hogs day” every day.

portlandon on February 18, 2009 at 6:39 PM

I can’t understand how sarah overlooked this… she can see the IRS building from her front porch, after all.

benny shakar on February 18, 2009 at 6:37 PM

As a liberal I’m sure this should increase her stature in your estimation. Tax evasion, real or alleged, is a Democrat thang.

ddrintn on February 18, 2009 at 6:39 PM

JetBoy on February 18, 2009 at 6:37 PM

The reason we’re pissed is because AP already knew we heavily objected to the title he used, yet posted it anyway. Its outright antagonism. Its not as if the headline is anything clever either.

jimmy the notable on February 18, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Why tho do you have to jump down AP’s throat anytime a less-than-worshiping post having anything to do with Palin shows up?

JetBoy on February 18, 2009 at 6:37 PM

Maybe they’re jumping down his throat for something else. Like maybe misleading headlines, cherry picking pieces of stories, comparing this to obama’s cabinet picks …

Ronnie on February 18, 2009 at 6:40 PM

He WANTED to post this. He enjoys pestering at her. It is annoying. If I’m being a little harsher than usual, that’s why.

jimmy the notable on February 18, 2009 at 6:31 PM

I can’t speak for AP, but I don’t think he enjoys pestering you. Or anyone. For a while it’s been fun watching you Palinites go all “outrage” at, like I said, anything less than absolute praise for your messiah-ette.

If AP’s Palin posts annoy you guys so much, don’t read ‘em.

JetBoy on February 18, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Sooo from my understanding neither her nor the state had qualified this as taxable until now….therefore this doesnt count as tax evasion….therefore she would not qualify for the P BO admin….DAMN

alexraye on February 18, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Oh, it’s AP humor. No, I don’t have a grasp on AP humor – just humor.

Ronnie on February 18, 2009 at 6:38 PM

;p

blatantblue on February 18, 2009 at 6:41 PM

portlandon: Quite possible, but what’s amusing is that AP’s reporting on every one of Palin’s actions at least keeps us informed.

Is AP giving us training on how to combat liberal spin? ;) And if so, is it being done deliberately?

Scott H on February 18, 2009 at 6:41 PM

I can’t understand how sarah overlooked this… she can see the IRS building from her front porch, after all much.

benny shakar on February 18, 2009 at 6:37 PM

FIFY. Now go away.

Snowed In on February 18, 2009 at 6:42 PM

As much as I am disturbed when the MSM implies that Sarah is stupid, unintelligent or a moron what gets my blood boiling is how it consistently misrepresents the truth of Sarah’s life, her term as Governor, her positions or information like the theme of this thread. Yesterday, I asserted in the most forceful way that Sarah Palin believes in the use of contraceptives but how many members of the MSM actually proclaimed that fact when discussing Bristol’s views on abstinence. It would appear that Bristol’s viewpoint would affirm Sarah’s desire for her daughter to make use of contraceptives. But of course that is not the narrative or template that the MSM wants to run with.

technopeasant on February 18, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Jimmy: While I am a die-hard Palin supporter, the opening line was sheer comedy to me. I do think that we can be oversensitive, but I also think that we have very good cause. Just be aware.

Scott H on February 18, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Perhaps if Sarah got drunk and was beaten by thugs for defacing a poster Allah would defend her. No, probably not.

Rose on February 18, 2009 at 6:43 PM

techno: Intellectual hypocrisy is a defining weapon of the liberal arsenal. It’s one of the primary reasons I’m conservative

Scott H on February 18, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Sooo from my understanding neither her nor the state had qualified this as taxable until now….therefore this doesnt count as tax evasion

alexraye on February 18, 2009 at 6:41 PM

The NYT’s will never hire you.

darwin on February 18, 2009 at 6:43 PM

If only Sarah Palin didn’t actually walk the Christian walk. Then Allah wouldn’t post so many misleading things about Palin.

DethMetalCookieMonst on February 18, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Perhaps if Sarah got drunk and was beaten by thugs for defacing a poster Allah would defend her. No, probably not.

Rose on February 18, 2009 at 6:43 PM

If this happened and and Palin fought back the headline would be: “Palin punches man in face”

Mark1971 on February 18, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Shrewd move: As embarrassing as it is to have this come out so soon after Geithner and Daschle, it would have been more embarrassing still to have it come up again in a future primary.

Oh please, this isn’t “embarrassing” at all, unless you count how the media will treat it. This doesn’t even come close to the Daschle or Geithner situations. I don’t feel I’m just being a blind partisan in saying this appears to be an honest mistake compared to Barry’s Boys clearly deliberate tax evasion.

RightWinged on February 18, 2009 at 6:44 PM

I can’t speak for AP, but I don’t think he enjoys pestering you. Or anyone. For a while it’s been fun watching you Palinites go all “outrage” at, like I said, anything less than absolute praise for your messiah-ette..

It just has to be crazed Palin defense to you. It just couldn’t be an honest disagreement with the way Allah frames the story. You create the straw man so you look strong. In reality it just makes you look like a wimp for avoiding the actual fact that people disagree with.

Ampersand on February 18, 2009 at 6:44 PM

I do think that we can be oversensitive

Just what exactly do you mean by that???????

Snowed In on February 18, 2009 at 6:44 PM

txag92 on February 18, 2009 at 6:20 PM

I like her because she CAN win amongst more than just the base, and she will obviously get the base easily. She has enough of a constitutional/libertarian streak where she can compete in some northern states. She could bring MN, WI, NH, CO, IA, and maybe even MI back into play. And she won’t have trouble in the “Bush” states. I am not saying she will win my home state of Massachusetts, but she will be able to compete outside the “southern strategy.” Especially if she makes her fiscal conservatism very clear.

doug1981 on February 18, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Perhaps if Sarah got drunk and was beaten by thugs for defacing a poster Allah would defend her. No, probably not.

Rose on February 18, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Ok, that deserves a chuckle.

As for this “scandal” — tempest meet teapot.

Y-not on February 18, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Snowed: ROFL… so very nice. ;)

RightWinged: The quote is correct given the current media situation. This story is much better coming out now than it is during an election season. It _might_ lose steam by 2012. _Should_ it be an embarrassment? No. But ‘should’ means nothing in politics these days.

Scott H on February 18, 2009 at 6:47 PM

It would appear that Bristol’s viewpoint would affirm Sarah’s desire for her daughter to make use of contraceptives. But of course that is not the narrative or template that the MSM wants to run with.

technopeasant on February 18, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Perception is reality. Has been for along time. If you don’t set the tone or control how your image is presented others will do it for you. The McCain Camp did a great disservice to Gov Palin by not setting the image of Sarah as she is EARLY ON. If you noticed, they played catch up all the way to Nov.4. Infact, they were ready for Nov.4 on Nov 27.

portlandon on February 18, 2009 at 6:47 PM

I take back the nice things I said defending AP for posting this story to the news links. It’s one thing to be made aware of yet another story being twisted into a “scandal,” but it’s another thing to participate in phony defamation.

CK MacLeod on February 18, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Labeling Juneau as your primary residence when you spend 300 days a year in Anchorage so that you can collect a per diem is just flat out dishonest and unfair to taxpayers. I suspect this is why she stopped collecting these per diems when she joined the McCain campaign.

maleman on February 18, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Dude, all the Alaska state legislators take per diem, except the ones who live in Juneau. And Palin didn’t list Juneau as her residence, it’s state law. And the Governor’s Mansion in Juneau is a defective place with bad plumbing that needs to be turned into a museum. She does her business in Alaska’s largest population center, instead of some backwater where you have to take a boat or a plane to get there.

Palin didn’t take anywhere near the amount of per diem she could have if she wanted to, and her expenses are 80% below her predecessor Murkowski’s. And she turned down a $25,000 pay increase a couple of months ago. Still want to say she’s dishonest?

Jim62sch on February 18, 2009 at 6:48 PM

If this happened and and Palin fought back the headline would be: “Palin punches man in face”

Mark1971 on February 18, 2009 at 6:44 PM

“Innocent man defends self against Palin’s provocative hawtness.”

Y-not on February 18, 2009 at 6:48 PM

I think Michelle and AP should ask the good governor if she’d be interested in writing a guest post.

Any topic.

darwin on February 18, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Maybe they’re jumping down his throat for something else. Like maybe misleading headlines, cherry picking pieces of stories, comparing this to obama’s cabinet picks …

Ronnie on February 18, 2009 at 6:40 PM

It’s humor. Lighten up.

JetBoy on February 18, 2009 at 6:48 PM

This… is a… joke? Right?

hockey2k5 on February 18, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Appears that PDS has struck the moonbats again.Governor Palin requested this tax clarification and received it. End of story. Liberal retards and RINO’s can now crawl back in their caves.

adams6kids on February 18, 2009 at 6:50 PM

As much as I like Sarah Palin, I do not think Republicans should nominate her as our ‘12 POTUS candidate. I don’t say that because she’s a woman (I am) or not qualified (I think she’s more qualified than obummer) but we need someone who can garner the respect and admiriation of a cross section of people. I’m not backing a RINO but a conservative that appeals to more than the Republican base as Reagan did.

txag92 on February 18, 2009 at 6:20 PM

So who is your preferred candidate? The Palin-bashers never offer any credible alternatives.

Jim62sch on February 18, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Mark1971 on February 18, 2009 at 6:44 PM

The headline would read: ‘Christian Governor refuses to turn the other cheek. Victim sues Governor for loss of income and punitive damages for loss of reputation.’

technopeasant on February 18, 2009 at 6:52 PM

On the federal level, officials said members of Congress do not get per diem allowances for routine home visits.

They don’t have to–they rely on kickbacks and other perks from well-financed special interests.

RepubChica on February 18, 2009 at 6:52 PM

I can’t speak for AP, but I don’t think he enjoys pestering you. Or anyone. For a while it’s been fun watching you Palinites go all “outrage” at, like I said, anything less than absolute praise for your messiah-ette..

“It’s not her fault that she was sent from the heavens like an avenging angel to save America from itself and lead us into a bright Utopian conservative future where nothing goes wrong ever again!”

on a serious note at least we can defend Sarah on substance and not CHOPE…

alexraye on February 18, 2009 at 6:53 PM

It sounds like this determination probably affects all of Alaska’s lawmakers if their incomes were not reported correctly to them by the state. I would say this story actually puts a favorable light on Sarah as others have pointed out this is very different than Geithner, Daschle, Rangel or Marion Berry

goat on February 18, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Good news: She’s officially qualified to serve in Obama’s cabinet.

My first thought, but …

At the Governor’s request, we reviewed the situation to determine whether we were in full compliance

maybe not. No premeditated tax cheating here.

IrishEyes on February 18, 2009 at 6:56 PM

The non-payment of imputed taxable income is the very problem that torpedoed Tom Dascle’s nomination for head of Health and Human Services. And the scope and magnitude of Governor Palin’s ommisions here is far greater than that of Mr. Dascle’s. If we’re going to be credible again as a National Party, we need to be honest about the shortcomings of our leaders.

Atlanta Voter on February 18, 2009 at 6:58 PM

On the federal level, officials said members of Congress do not get per diem allowances for routine home visits.
They don’t have to–they rely on kickbacks and other perks from well-financed special interests.

RepubChica on February 18, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Plus they have something like a 80,000$ a year expense account.

goat on February 18, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Help Palin pay her taxes!!!

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Donate and you will receive a free you betcha moose sticker with some wink lipstick.!!!

Wait, there’s more… The first fifty people to donate to the pac will received a help cuda before she goes on welfare banner in the mail free!!!!

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/sarcasm off

TimeTraveler on February 18, 2009 at 6:59 PM

recieve*

TimeTraveler on February 18, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Atlanta: And where do you fit in the fact that Palin requested her audit?

Scott H on February 18, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Oh come on.

The state decides to reverse it’s policy on taxation of these monies- so now Palin has to pay back taxes- that she didn’t owe until just now!

Sackett on February 18, 2009 at 7:00 PM

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