Just as I was growing curious about Alaska's disclosure requirements for elected officials, and starting to search for a state sunshine panel, I read in the New York Times and at an advocacy blog about some curious items of interest in Gov. Sarah Palin's public disclosure forms.
And thanks to the Alaska Public Offices Commission, I found Palin's disclosure files on their web site. See below for links to the seven files at the commission's web site.
Saturday's NY Times contains a profile of Palin and cites details from the governor's disclosure forms:
In addition to Ms. Palin’s $125,000 state salary, Mr. Palin earned $93,000 last year running his own commercial fishing business and working part-time at BP’s oil production facility, according to her public financial disclosure reports.
The Center for Public Integrity blogged today about Gov. Palin's push for transparency and some info contained in her disclosure forms, thus shedding more light on this person who may become the next vice president:
One of her first acts was pushing ethics bills that advocated greater access to politicians’ financial disclosure reports and restricted gifts from lobbyists to public officials . . .Follow the Palin paper trail and click where it says "View" to link directly to the reports, or go here for her forms on the Alaska Public Offices Commission web site:
On house ownership, the Palins can’t match the McCains’ eight homes, but her real estate portfolio is respectable, thank you very much. Palin owns three houses, according to her 2007 financial disclosure form. The forms don’t list the value of the properties, but indicate that one is residential and the other two are used for recreation.