A defense fund to help Sarah Palin pay her mounting legal bills is now up on the web and operational.
Click here to go to the site. If you click on the donate button it will take you to FreeAmericanCitizens.org, a non-affiliated PAC. The legal defense fund is run by the organizer of the PAC.
According to the organizer,the defense money raised will go directly to Thomas Van Flein, Governor Palin's private attorney. Governor Palin owes over 500 thousand dollars in legal bills as she fights a series of ethics complaints filed by Democratic Operatives working in Alaska. The bills are expected to go much higher.
Clayton Paslay, a businessman who splits his time between Texas and Southern California, set up the fund. (Seen in the picture to the right with his wife Inge.)
Clayton tells me that he has never met the Governor, but set up the fund because he wants her "to get a fair shake." He also told me that he hopes Sarah Palin runs for President in 2012 because "We need someone to clean up Washington. Someone with grit like Governor Palin."
Mr. Paslay says he filed all the federal election legal papers for the special fund and spoke with Governor Palin's attorney. I called Mr. Van Flein's office and they confirmed that the fund is legitimate.
Paslay expects enemies of Sarah Palin to come after him. Paslay said, "I told Sarah Palin's attorney that I may need him too."
A friend of the Governor told me that another fund is being set up and that will be the official Sarah Palin Defense Fund.
To read more about the frivolous ethics complaint filed against Sarah Palin, click here for my previous postings.
****UPDATE**** I received this email from a spokesperson for the Governor about the Free American Citizens' defense fund for Sarah Palin:
It is legal. It's just not the official one. Please tell people that the official one is soon to come. Again, we do not know that donors will comply with our terms and guidelines which are very strict - we may end up needing to contact every single donor to ask the questions that we will be asking. However, we appreciate any and all assistance! Thank you.
****ANOTHER UPDATE**** After reading the post Clayton Paslay wanted to assure everyone that every donation will be tracked and accounted for. He and his staff will be meticulous with the accounting because, as he says, "I know there is somebody out there waiting to shoot me down."
Again, just to be clear. Sarah Palin's attorney has given his assurance that this fund is legal and legitimate. So, if you give to this fund or the "official" one still to be set up, the money is all going to the same place - to pay for Sarah Palin's legal bills.