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Palin Was "Walking Billboard" At Iron Dog: Ethics Complaint

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The Anchorage Daily News reports that an ethics complaint has been filed against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, alleging she used her position to promote her own financial interests with the gear she wore to this year's Iron Dog race. It's the second ethics complaint against Palin in a week.

Arctic Cat sponsors Palin's husband, Todd, in the world's longest snow machine race, Big Lake to Nome to Fairbanks.


Linda Kellen Biegel, a Democrat who blogs under the name "Celtic Diva," said in her complaint that Palin "improperly used her position and state resources to serve her personal financial interests by being a walking billboard for Arctic Cat, a private for-profit company and family business sponsor."

Palin issued a statement in response to what she called the "latest bogus ethics complaint."

"Are Alaskans outraged, or at least tired of this yet - another frivolous ethics charge by a political blogger? This would be hilarious if it weren't so expensive for the state to process these accusations and for me to defend against these bogus harassments. Yes, I wore Arctic Cat snow gear at an outdoor event, because it was cold outside, and by the way, today, I am wearing clothes bearing the names of Alaska artists, and a Glennallen Panthers basketball hoodie. I am a walking billboard for the team's fundraiser! Should I expect to see an ethics charge for wearing these, or the Carhartts I wear to many public events? How much will this blogger's asinine political grandstanding cost all of us in time and money?"

The governor's legal debts have been piling up because of the multiple ethics complaints she faces. Out of 10 complaints, Palin said six have been dismissed, one had "concluded," and three are pending.