Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has reported receiving more than a dozen gifts last year, including a gun case, a glass elephant and a statue of the Virgin Mary.But wait, Arctic Cat is such an important part of the military-industrial complex, there must be something nefarious there. Have no fear, Bloggers Hatin' For Satan will surely get to the bottom of this. And even if they don't, they will make something up.
In a filing Monday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission by her attorney, Thomas V. Van Flein, Palin listed 15 gifts worth more than $250. Under state law, the former Republican governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate is not required to disclose the many gifts that she received — often at political events — that are appraised at less than $250.
Other gifts included a goatskin-bound Bible, an embroidered cross-stitched blanket, a hand-painted plate featuring Palin, two handmade Army flags and assorted jewelry.
The filing does not list any gifts that she or her husband, Todd, might have received from his snow machine sponsorship with Arctic Cat because of a confidentiality clause in his contract with the company.
But the attorney said the nature of the contract is such that the company only pays sponsorship fees for races, outfits the team with "Team Arctic Wear" and gives Todd Palin and his teammates a 50 percent discount on merchandise.
"Gov. Palin has no direct contact or communication with Arctic Cat," Van Flein said. "She has not read, and under the terms of the contract is not entitled to read, the specific sponsorship provisions, but she is generally aware that Todd Palin is entitled to the discounts and fee as part of being a sponsored team."
Meanwhile, House Speaker San Fran Nan, who voted against prohibiting gifts from lobbyists, bought off agribusiness with gifts to advance a climate bill. Nothing to see here folks... move along.
Then there's Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband's real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms.
But that's just chump change compared to the trillions of dollars Arctic Cat must have funneled to Sarah Palin through her husband's snow machine racing activities. I tells ya, "that woman" is an ethical outrage! [/sarc]