Palin Pals Create Legal Fund
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2009 7:47 PM CDT
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin answers questions from the media in December.    (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Backers of Sarah Palin are creating a legal fund to help her pay off her approximately $500,000 in legal bills, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Alaska governor racked up the bills defending herself against a slew of ethics complaints and charges that she improperly fired her former brother-in-law as a state trooper. Donations will be capped at $150, and all names will be made public.

"The purpose is really to provide a legal and proper way for the governor's supporters to help her respond to these frivolous complaints that have been leveled, keeping her from being able to do her job and...really harassing her," said a longtime friend who will be a fund trustee.