Palin’s financial disclosure: $1.25 mln advance for “Going Rogue”
The following is reported by Yereth Rosen in Anchorage, Alaska.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin got a $1.25 million advance from HarperCollins for her soon-to-be-released memoir “Going Rogue.”
Palin listed the advance, which she received while still governor, in the 2009 financial disclosure form filed Monday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. See the form on The Anchorage Daily News Web site.
“The Governor has complied with Alaska disclosure law by her filing yesterday. Now, as a private citizen, her business dealings, including her publishing agreement, are confidential,” Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton said in an email.
The report covers Palin’s last seven months as governor. She announced her resignation on July 3 and left her post on July 26. During that time, she received a state salary of $73,000 and perdiem payments of $6,370.80, according to her financial disclosure report.
Palin also reported taking out an unspecified home loan from Wells Fargo Bank to pay for “legal fees to fight false allegations while governor,” according to her handwritten explanation.
And she reported that she has set up a marketing business, called Pie Spy LLC, with headquarters at the office of her Anchorage attorney.
Palin’s husband Todd was paid $34,086.14 during that period by BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. in wages for his job as a North Slope oil-production manager. He resigned that position effective Sept. 18, according to BP.
Todd Palin also earned $32,260.35 during the period from his commercial fishing operation in Bristol Bay, according to the report.
The report also lists numerous valuable gifts received by Palin and members of her family during her last seven months in office, including out-of-state trips. She reported receiving $6,885 from her political action committee, SarahPAC, to travel with her husband to Indiana to appear at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life dinner and attend associated events. She, Todd and daughter Willow received Yankees tickets worth $4,250 from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, part of her June trip to New York that produced a now-famous feud with television host David Letterman.
Other gifts included a $2,666 “Nu Skin skincare” package, $1,664.70 for air transportation to a pair of remote Alaska villages, courtesy of evangelist Franklin Graham and his Samaritan’s Purse organization, $1,000 from Republican patron Fred Malek to attend the Alfalfa Dinner in Washington in January and $2,000 from the Candie’s Foundation for Todd to travel to New York to attend an abstinence-promotion event with daughter Bristol.
UPDATE: The $1.25 million book advance reported in her financial disclosure form is likely only a portion of the full advance she received for the book, with some media reports estimating the total advance could be as much as $7 million.
Photo credit: Reuters/Nathaniel Wilder (Palin shares a laugh at governor’s picnic in Alaska in July)