More hard-hitting investigative journalism from the laughable Associated Press:
[AP photo and caption:] Protesters hold signs at a Hold Palin Accountable rally organized by Alaskans For Truth, in Anchorage, Alaska Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008. Hundreds of people showed up to demand Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCains GOP running mate, uphold her promise to cooperate with the state Legislatures investigation into her firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.
AP Investigation: Palin got zoning aid, gifts
By BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE
WASILLA, Alaska (AP) - Though Sarah Palin depicts herself as a pit bull fighting good-old-boy politics, in her years as mayor she and her friends received special benefits more typical of small-town politics as usual, an Associated Press investigation shows.
When Palin needed to sell her house during her last year as Wasilla mayor, she got the city to sign off on a special zoning exceptionand did so without keeping a promise to remove a potential fire hazard.
She gladly accepted gifts from merchants: A free awesome facial she raved about in a thank-you note to a spa. The absolutely gorgeous flowers she received from a welding supply store. Even fresh salmon to take home.
She also stepped in to help friends or neighbors with City Hall dealings. She asked the City Council to add a friend to the list of speakers at a 2002 meetingand then the friend got up and asked them to give his radio station advertising business.
That year, records show, she tried to help a neighbor and political contributor fighting City Hall over his small lakeside development. Palin wanted the city to refund some of the mans fees, but the city attorney told the mayor she didnt have the authority
Some of her first actions after being elected mayor in 1996 raised possible ethical red flags: She cast the tie-breaking vote to propose a tax exemption on aircraft when her father-in-law owned one, and backed the citys repeal of all taxes a year later on planes, snow machines and other personal property. She also asked the council to consider looser rules for snow machine races. Palin and her husband, Todd, a champion racer, co-owned a snow machine store at the time
She sometimes followed a cautious path in the face of real or potential conflictsfor example, stepping away from the table in 1997 when the council considered a grant for the Iron Dog snow machine race in which her husband competes.
But mostly, like other Wasilla elected officials at the time, she took an active role on issues that directly affected and sometimes benefited her. Her efforts to clear the way for the $327,000 sale of the Palin family home on Lake Wasilla is an example.
Two months before Palins tenure as mayor ended in 2002, she asked city planning officials to forgive zoning violations so she could sell her house. Palin had a buyer, but he wouldnt close the deal unless she persuaded the city to waive the violations with a code variance
The Palins house was built by the original owner too close to the shoreline and too close to adjacent properties on each side, including a carport that stretched so far over it nearly connected the two houses.
The Palins didnt create the zoning problems, but they should have known about them when they bought the house, wrote Susan Lee, a code compliance officer with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, in response to the Palins request
On Sept. 10, 2002, the seven-member Wasilla Planning Commission unanimously approved a variance for both sides of the property, with language covering all existing structures. Less than a week later, the Palins signed a deed to sell the house to Henry Nosek.
The carport was never removed
How many professional investigators in Alaska does it take to smear a Sarah Palin?
The Associated Press is breathlessly outraged
about Sarah Palin getting a facial and free salmon while our country faces a
financial meltdown orchestrated by the Democrat Party, including Joe Biden and
yes, Barack Obama.
[Palin] she took an active role on issues that directly affected and sometimes benefited her.
Something of course that Joe Biden nor Barack Obama have never done.
If it werent for their bias we would have no media at all. Which, come to think of it, is the case.
We have a one party propaganda machine which pretends to be our watchdog media.
By the way, here is a photo from the anti-Palin
demonstration mentioned in the APs photo caption at the top:
(Click to enlarge)
See the hundreds of people? We dont either.
But we do see how the AP endlessly carries water for their Democrat masters.
If Barack Obama wins this election, he certainly will have people to thank for it, won't he?
But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them biased.