Palin Strikes Back Over Costly Ethics Complaints

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2009 3:50 PM CDT
A fan (not shown) asks Sarah Palin to sign a baseball before the New York Yankees faced the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, June 7, 2009.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin says she's drowning in a rising tide of frivolous ethics complaints, the AP reports. Most of the 18 complaints have been dismissed, but Palin's office says she's $500,000 in legal debt and facing accusations that "have been politically or personally motivated." Rallying to her side, supporters have raised $109,000 in a week-long Webathon to bankroll her legal defenses.

Among the dismissed complaints thus far: violating federal law by wearing a $150,000 GOP wardrobe, promoting a sponsor of her hubby's snowmobile team, and abusing state funds to pay for her children's trips—but she still has to repay the state $10,000. A few complaints are still pending. "She said she was going to be open, transparent and wanted people to hold her accountable," said one Alaskan who filed a complaint. "I took her for her word."