On Tuesday, Sarah Palin’s lawyer issued a press release, stating that the Alaska Attorney General’s office had dismissed an ethics complaint filed against the former Alaska Governor.
“The Alaska Attorney General’s office has dismissed yet another frivolous ethics complaint filed against Governor Palin by a leftwing political blogger. This particular blogger is from Texas… and yet her dismissed complaint against Governor Palin has cost the State of Alaska time and resources because no matter how absurd the complaint is, the state must respond to it,” John J. Tiemessen, attorney for Palin, wrote.
“This particular complaint alleged that Governor Palin violated Alaska’s Executive Branch Ethics Act because the production company that made ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ received a film tax credit from the State of Alaska related to its expenses in making the series. It should be noted that Governor Palin never received any direct money or compensation from this tax credit,” Tiemessen wrote.
Tiemessen, in the press release, provided a link to a portion of the Attorney General’s confidential opinion, a portion of which reads: “[Y]ou urge we find a violation based on an alleged appearance of impropriety. But an appearance of impropriety does not establish an ethical violation.”
Tiemessen wrote: “In dismissing this complaint, the Alaska Attorney General’s office outlines the illogic and absurdity of exempting former governors from complying with statutes they signed into law for two years after they leave office.”