After Palin was found to have violated Alaskan Ethics Laws with regards to TrooperGate, the fact that she lied on expense forms claiming her children were traveling with her under official State business should come as no surprise.
Remember who were talking about here - Sarah Palin - who took per diem payments amounting to tens of thousands of dollars -- for sleeping in her home 300 nights.
Well, she's been caught again lining her pockets at taxpayer expense:
Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.
The charges included costs for hotel and commercial flights for three daughters to join Palin to watch their father in a snowmobile race, and a trip to New York, where the governor attended a five-hour conference and stayed with 17-year-old Bristol for five days and four nights in a luxury hotel.
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.
Alaska law does not specifically address expenses for a governor's children. The law allows for payment of expenses for anyone conducting official state business.
As governor, Palin justified having the state pay for the travel of her daughters -- Bristol, 17; Willow, 14; and Piper, 7 -- by noting on travel forms that the girls had been invited to attend or participate in events on the governor's schedule.
But some organizers of these events said they were surprised when the Palin children showed up uninvited, or said they agreed to a request by the governor to allow the children to attend.
Several other organizers said the children merely accompanied their mother and did not participate. The trips enabled Palin, whose main state office is in the capital of Juneau, to spend more time with her children.
The children weren't there on any official business, a fact backed up by event organizers, and yet Palin apparently lied on expense reports, claiming there were there on official State of Alaska business.
The smart thing for Palin to do would be to admit her mistake and pay up pronto, but my guess is that Caribou Barbie will fight this and lie some more.
After all, she's been shown to lack ethics in her role as Governor, and lord knows she's lied to reporters and the voters about TropperGate - so she obviously has a problem admitting when she's wrong.
After Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain chose Palin his running mate and reporters asked for the records, Palin ordered changes to previously filed expense reports for her daughters' travel.
In the amended reports, Palin added phrases such as "First Family attending" and "First Family invited" to explain the girls' attendance.
She doctored the expense reports after reporters asked for a copy, lying - claiming the children were invited when they weren't.
In July, the governor charged the state $2,741.26 to take Bristol and Piper to Philadelphia for a meeting of the National Governors Association. The girls had their own room for five nights at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel for $215.46 a night, expense records show.
Expense forms describe the girls' official purpose as "NGA Governor's Youth Programs and family activities." But those programs were activities designed to keep children busy, a service provided by the NGA to accommodate governors and their families, NGA spokeswoman Jodi Omear said.
She said they were on official business when they weren't.
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