Sunday, February 07, 2010

Wanna Help Dig?

If you're not exhausted from moving snow around, you might head on over to

Nearly 3,000 pages of e-mails that Todd Palin exchanged with state officials, which were released to and NBC News by the state of Alaska under its public records law, draw a picture of a Palin administration where the governor's husband got involved in a judicial appointment, monitored contract negotiations with public employee unions, received background checks on a corporate CEO, added his approval or disapproval to state board appointments and passed financial information marked "confidential" from his oil company employer to a state attorney.

They have posted what they have and would like to crowdsource the scrutinizing effort. Many eyeballs make all deep secrets shallow!

The most troublesome aspect so far:

While 1,200 separate e-mails were released this week, 243 others were withheld by the state under a claim that executive privilege extends to Todd Palin as an unpaid adviser to the government.

"Executive privilege?" I guess "I quit" doesn't quite mean what it used to, hmmm?

The most delicious bit of dirt so far:

The governor coached her staff on how to disguise the $3,252.35 cost of electrical work at the mansion to hook up her new tanning bed.

Cackling aside, these emails appear to document or at least hint at a lot more questionable behavior than just the above quoted bits indicate, so even if you don't want to shovel through them, the article bears a look.

(h/t: Attaturk)

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