Palin Charged Alaska $21K for Children's Travel

Uninvited children were said to be on 'official business'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 22, 2008 2:38 AM CDT
Bristol and Willow, daughters of Sarah Palin, wave the starting flag for their father at the start of the Iron Dog snowmachine race in Big Lake, Alaska.    (Al Grillo)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin billed the state of Alaska repeatedly for costs incurred by her children accompanying her on trips, sometimes altering expense reports to indicate that they were on official business even though they were not invited, an investigation by the AP finds. Palin charged the state a total of $21,000 for 64 one-way and 12 round-trip commercial flights for her three daughters since she took office in December 2006.

The governor brought daughter Bristol to a 5-hour leadership conference in New York last year that cost Alaska $1,385 in plane fare and $707 a night for the two of them to spend four days at a luxury hotel. State charges also included costs for hotel and flights for her three daughters to join Palin to watch their father in a snowmobile race. State law covers expenses for official business, and doesn't address travel for children. An attorney for Palin has defended the expenses.