Is Gov. Sarah Palin the Republican gift that keeps on giving?

Or keeps on taking?

According to Fox News, the Alaska governor must reimburse her state approximately $7,000 for unnecessary travel expenses involving nine trips taken by her children.

42172280 Sarah Palin must refund family travel expenses to Alaska. You betcha! Fox reports that Palin has to reimburse the money within 120 days, according to a settlement filed by a special investigator who was hired by the Alaska Personnel Board to investigate an ethics complaint.

The final amount will be determined by the Alaska Department of Administration, said Palin’s attorney, Thomas Van Flein, who guesstimates it will be around $6,800.

There is no state law against the governor’s family  traveling with her, and the personnel board found no wrongdoing on the part of the governor.

Let’s repeat that part, ’cause it’s just so delish: NO WRONGDOING.

Correct me I’m wrong here, but if you or I expensed our companies for family members to travel/dine with us while we were on company business, I think we’d be promptly fired.

The charges include airfare and a meal for her daughter Bristol Palin, who went with her mom to New York for Newsweek’s Third Annual Women and Leadership Conference in October 2007.

Other trips: Bristol’s trip to see "Beauty and the Beast" at the Valley Performing Arts Center,  Piper and Bristol’s trip to Juneau for the State of the State address, and Piper’s trip to see her dad race in the Iron Dog snow machine race and attend the the Alaska Outdoor Council Banquet.

This investigation was sparked by an Associated Press report last year that Palin charged the state more than $21,000 for her three daughters’ commercial flights, including events to which they weren’t invited, and later ordered the expense forms amended to specify official state business.

What do you think about this refund news? Are you shocked by her use of state money to pay for her family’s travel?

Anyone else find this pretty sad?

How about you, Joe Six Pack and Joe the Plumber?

You guys on board with this behavior?

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Posted by:Elizabeth Snead