The Sarah Palin Blog has broken the news that a Defense Fund for the Alaska governor is up and running:
A defense fund to help Sarah Palin pay her mounting legal bills is now up on the web and operational...
According to the organizer,the defense money raised will go directly to Thomas Van Flein, Governor Palin's private attorney.
The fund is managed by Clayton Paslay, also the organizer of FreeAmericanCitizens.org, a non-affiliated PAC.
Though this is not THE official Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund (that one should go active this week, perhaps as early as Thursday), the governor's attorney "has given his assurance that this fund is legal and legitimate."
Celtic Diva, Andree McLeod and the rest of those who thought they could bankrupt the Palins with nuisance lawsuits and other schemes may soon learn the meaning of EPIC FAIL, as Gov. Palin's supporters make these funds grow. In fact, the governor's enemies may have unwittingly provided a barometer of Sarah Palin's national support. Let's see how quickly the bucks add up.
Update: By e-mail, Team Sarah reports that it asked Palin Family Spokesperson Meghan Stapleton about the unofficial Defense Fund and received this reply:
The continuing generosity of Alaskans and Americans is overwhelming as many reach out to assist Governor Sarah Palin and her family with their legal bills.
However, the official legal defense fund for Governor Sarah Palin has not been formed and the Governor cannot accept monies for those obligations from any other entity than the one in formation. Numerous federal and state laws to need to be abided by and the official legal defense fund will have very strict donation guidelines.
We thank everyone interested in helping the Governor. The best way to assist her will be through this official fund which will launch later this month."
If the governor cannot directly accept the money the unofficial fund is raising, then it will either have to be returned to the donors or Clayton Paslay will have to find a way to legally donate it to the official fund, once the latter is finally up and running.
If Gov. Palin can't legally accept money from the unofficial fund, why didn't Palin attorney Thomas Van Flein say so when The Sarah Palin Blog inquired about it? According to TSPB, Van Flien said that the unofficial fund is "legitimate."
Why did a SarahPAC official tell TSPB yesterday, "It is legal. It's just not the official one. Please tell people that the official one is soon to come. Again, we do not know that donors will comply with our terms and guidelines which are very strict - we may end up needing to contact every single donor to ask the questions that we will be asking. However, we appreciate any and all assistance! Thank you." ...but today says the governor cannot accept money from the unofficial fund?
It's either legal, or it isn't. And who should know legal better than Sarah Palin's lawyer?