Palin’s Inconvenient Stevens Relationship
ANCHORAGE — Gov. Sarah Palin is known as a reform candidate around here who bucks the party’s old guard. But according to some great reporting at The Trail, it looks like she isn’t quite such an outsider. It tuns out that she actually ran a Sen. Ted Stevens 527 group.
In 2003, she served as director of the “Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.,” a political boot camp for Republican women, set up by Stevens. The Trail reports that at the time Stevens disclosed the group’s existence some ethical questions cropped up:
The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reported that several experts called the group an example of the fine legal line between a legal effort to conduct political activity and then-new prohibitions against raising unlimited soft-money.
The Trail also notes that a TV ad featuring Stevens endorsing Palin disappeared from her Web site shortly after Sen. John McCain announced he had tapped her for his veep slot. During the ad, still online, Stevens says Palin is the kind of newcomer who “ought to come on and take our places.”