Palin’s financial disclosure: $1.25 mln advance for “Going Rogue”

October 27, 2009

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/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.

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While she did compiled with the disclosure rules, I feel that it is time for the rules to be changed. No more money politics and pork barrels. Lets get back to the times of Honest Abe.

Posted by Lim Boon Chuan | Report as abusive

Well, well, well. Not bad for a 1/2 term governor and losing vice presidential candidate. The words, ‘wingnut welfare’ spring to mind.

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive

1.25m for a minor leaguer, a political has-been, a think-challenged ideologue that makes GW Bush looks smart.

HarperCollins makes a small-risk $1.25m bet on a non-book because this is how America has become. A dumb-and-dumber population willing to buy anything sensational and useless. If harperCollins is smart, it will hire a ghost writer to write 95% of the book, make sure it is full of juicy nonsense.

Posted by The Real Deal | Report as abusive

After all the frivolous ethics charges by the liberal left, it is nice to see they didn’t hurt her and her family financially.

Her critics are just typical of the left…jealousy and envy of those who are successful!

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

TC,it is great to see that in spite the vicious attacks she is still standing firm.When Margret Thatcher burst on the scene i was throthing just like getplaning,no way would the English electorate not see through a conservative nutcase like her.In fact i was prepared to wager my new car against as a Thatchers supporters car in our local pub but he declined,can you see the similarity to the liberal the denial.Pelosi,Reid and Franks etc,are the flag wavers of this spent force,and like the band on the Titanic as the Obama ship sinks in 2012 they are still going to be waving as the ship goes down,good riddance.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

That’s it?

Posted by Camron Barth | Report as abusive

TC, the decision to follow up on ethics charges was voted on by the Alaskan legislature, a heavily republican body not a bunch of liberals.
I consider my self successful TC, so no jealousy here. Granted I didn’t get 1.25 mil for a book I didn’t write but successful none the less.
Why is it that, in your view, liberals are so hateful when it is the right that preaches intolerance and judgment on others?

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

Eric. Liberals are hateful people who are out to destroy anyone who gets in their path. Haven’t you been watching Obama’s speeches and the hateful rhetoric of White House operatives? Anything that gets in their way, they attempt to destroy…One day the US Chamber of Commerce is their friend, the very next day the White House tries to destroy them because they don’t adhere to the health care plan…

The Clintons did the same thing…But this bunch is worse.

I know, you are a liberal, so I wouldn’t expect you to understand…

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

Palin proving she’s as status quo as every other politician in this country, sell out on her people in order to make a few extra bucks.

Posted by Michael Ham | Report as abusive