Board dismisses Palin ethics complaint

July 24, 2009 

The Alaska Personnel Board has dismissed another ethics complaint filed against Gov. Sarah Palin.

The latest is the sixth complaint filed by Anchorage resident Andree McLeod.

In her complaint, McLeod says that two days before Palin was named John McCain's running mate in the fall of 2008, she signed travel documents that stated "conclusion of state business."

Upon returning to Alaska, a similar document indicated Palin was returning to duty.

McLeod says that Palin should have turned over the governor's responsibilities to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell as required by the state constitution but instead continued to collect her $125,000 annual salary.

Independent investigator Thomas M. Daniel found that Alaska law fixes annual compensation for the governor and lieutenant governor for services while in office -- not the amount of time they spend performing those services.

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