Palin Paying Back State for Family Travel
Guv agrees to $7,000 settlement in ethics probe over kids' trips
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2009 3:31 AM CST
Sarah Palin with her daughter Piper waves the starting flag for snowmobilers to start the 2009 Irondog Snowmobile race in Big Lake Alaska earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Al Grillo)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin has agreed to reimburse Alaska for family travel she billed to the state, reports the Anchorage Daily News. An investigator probing an ethics complaint filed against the governor found nine trips involving Palin's children in which the personal benefit clearly outweighed any benefit to the state. Palin will shell out some $7,000 for the trips.

Palin will reimburse the state for her daughter Piper's travel on a state plane to the 2008 Iron Dog snowmobile race, and for her daughter Bristol’s airfare to New York to attend a women’s leadership conference with her mom. The investigator noted that he examined more than 40 trips and most were fine, and is recommending that the state’s “dizzying” rules on family travel be clarified.