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Is Tea Party Keynote Speaker Sarah Palin Guilty Of Tax Evasion?

“Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Oh, Sarah- building a Palin family compound on the sly, are we?

I suppose quiet solitude to count the cash from your speaking gig as Tea Party Convention keynote speaker ($100k), the “Going Rogue” book deal ($7-11 million, reports vary), the FauxNews contributor gig (???$- easily 7 plus figures with unlimited perks! Private plane, anyone?), etc. helps- but ya gotta pay those pesky property taxes…

One would have thought that as Governor of Alaska, you should have known that!

Think she’ll address any of this in her televised keynote address in Nashville? (Being broadcast live on C-SPAN 9pm on Saturday, btw)

Check out what the Tea Party folks do say about Sarah.

Sarah Palin first made history on December 4, 2006 when she was sworn in as the first female governor of Alaska. In August 2008, Senator John McCain tapped Palin to serve as his vice-presidential running mate in his presidential campaign, making her the first woman to run on the Republican Party’s presidential ticket.

In Alaska, her top priorities included fiscal restraint, limiting the size of government, resource development, education, equitable oil valuation as well as transportation and infrastructure development. Palin fought for ethics reform and transparency in government.

Palin has a long record of achievement and experience in public office. Prior to her election as Governor, Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council and two terms as the mayor of Wasilla. During her tenure, she reduced property tax levels while increasing services and made Wasilla a business-friendly environment, drawing in new industry.

During Governor Palin’s first year in office, three of her administration’s major proposed pieces of legislation passed-an overhaul of the state’s ethics laws, a competitive process to construct a natural gas pipeline and a restructuring of Alaska’s oil valuation formula.

Ethics and Sarah Palin in the same sentence… oh, those Teabaggers are FUNNY!!!

More below the fold.The Teabaggers, FauxFolk and others might wanna look at the following:

Records show that Sarah Palin hasn’t paid any property taxes on cabins that have been built on two backcountry plots partially owned by the former Alaska governor.

There are no tax assessments for the two-story, house-sized cabins, a workshop and a sauna spotted Thursday in an aerial survey. Property taxes totaling $156.13 were paid on the land in 2009 – but that bill did not include anything for the structures because the local assessor didn’t know about the new construction nearly 100 miles north of Anchorage.

The issue has attracted the attention of local tax officials who conducted the scheduled aerial survey of properties in the area on Thursday. The area is accessible only by floatplane, snowmobile or four-wheeler.

Palin’s attorney, Thomas Van Flein, said it is not the responsibility of property owners to report structures that go up on their land.

“It is the borough’s job,” he said in an e-mail. “The property taxes on this parcel are fully paid and have never been delinquent.”

Dunivan, however, said owners are required by state law to report any omissions or errors in their tax assessments.

And from the photos, this is a sweet lil property indeed and Sarah’s actions (or lack thereof) are certainly suspect.


The properties are located along Safari Lake – an undeveloped area located near Denali State Park – and owned by Palin, her husband Todd and a family friend, Scott Richter.

“This is another blatant attempt to manufacture a story about the Palins following more defamatory swipes,” Palin’s spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

Van Flein said work is still being done on the cabins, but both are usable. He said construction began on one of the cabins in 2006, but he didn’t know when construction started on the second one.

The cabins are the size of large homes rather than the average backcountry cabin, but square footage estimates were not immediately available.

One wonders if Uncle Ted Stevens gave Sarah his contractor’s phone number?

So what do we know of Sarah’s views on property taxes?

When the McCain campaign “vetted” Palin they ended up with a couple Google articles, and a YouTube video.  When the Democrats were finished with her, they had a 63-page document.  There were lots of interesting things in the document, including this.

Pg. 48/63   Palin Declined to Appear in Ads for A Candidate Because He Had Not Paid His Property Taxes.

In 2004, it came to light that Republican Rep. Vic Kohring owed the borough $2,277 in unpaid property taxes on property he owns off Knik-Goose Bay Road, according to borough records. “That bothered former Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin enough that she declined a campaign request to do a pro-Kohring TV commercial. As a former mayor, Palin said, it made her uncomfortable to back someone with unpaid taxes when the city relies on property taxes.” [Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), 10/28/04]

It was things like this that really made Sarah Palin stand out as a gubernatorial candidate.  Republicans in the state were sick of the corruption that was running rampant in their own party, and they wanted change.  They wanted a “fresh face” who had new ideas and ethical standards.  They wanted someone who was actually bothered by a public official who would cheat his community by passing his personal tax burden on to others.

There was another reference to property taxes in that vetting document from 2006. It talked about an inner struggle Palin had with whether or not to support a property tax cap. She talked to the Anchorage Daily News.

Pg. 15/63 Palin Called Herself “Such a Weasel” For Not Having a Firm Stand on the Property Tax Cap.

Palin said she has declined requests by Tax Cap Yes to speak in favor of the initiative. Yet, she said, she doesn’t object to her name’s continuing to be listed on the group’s Web site among 10 current or former government officials – half from Mat-Su – in support of the initiative. Palin acknowledged that she was sounding quite the politician. ‘I am so sorry I’m such a weasel,’ she said.”

[Anchorage Daily News, 10/8/00]

I bet a fair amount of Alaskans have the same regret, Sarah…

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