In related news about misuse of money, yesterday it was revealed that Palin used government money to have her daughters to travel with her, and later had official documents changed to reflect that they were on official business. When the organizers of these events were interviewed many of them stated that the Palin clan played no role in the events and often they were surprised they even showed up.
In all, Palin has charged the state $21,012 for her three daughters' 64 one-way and 12 round-trip commercial flights since she took office in December 2006. In some other cases, she has charged the state for hotel rooms for the girls.
She apparently also charged the state of Alaska to stay in her own home, according to the WaPo:
She wrote some form of "Lodging -- own residence" or "Lodging -- Wasilla residence" more than 30 times at the same time she took a per diem, according to the reports. In two dozen undated amendments to the reports, the governor deleted the reference to staying in her home but still charged the per diem.Gov. Sarah Palin is clearly saying one thing and doing another. I admit that image is important, but really, $150,000 on clothes seems excessive. Just as important as showing that your words are more than just rhetoric?
This coming from the Govenor who championed selling the state plane on eBay, albeit at a huge loss. She and her daughter stayed in a $700 per night hotel for a week, when the conference was only one day. I think that this is excessive. She needs to pay for the extra dates herself. The thing that really makes me mad though is that Michelle Obama is the one who is painted as being an elitist.