Palin’s 42,000 Emails Due Out

Link: E-mails obtained from the state of Alaska under public records law show that Todd Palin was deeply involved in state business while his wife was governor.

Copies of about 1,200 e-mails — some sent on private accounts — show that he was “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,” writes’s Bill Dedman.

The released e-mails also expose “behind-the-scenes preoccupations of the Palins,” including family travel on state money, a tanning bed at the Governor’s Mansion in Juneau and a Daily News gossip column.

The state withheld 243 other e-mails from, claiming that Todd Palin was covered by executive privilege rules, but subject lines reveal his further involvement in state business. More on the Shadow Governor

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28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Syrin
    Jun 09, 2011 @ 21:05:38

    The serious concern about some of these emails is that they were prohibited from being released to the public due to executive privilege, even though Todd Palin was copied on these same emails.

    Todd Palin is not a member of the executive branch, nor is he even a government employee. Todd Palin is a member of the general public.

    So why in the world have some of these emails classified as executive privilege?

    Chapter 52. Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act


    • Lidia
      Jun 10, 2011 @ 02:48:45

      EXACTLY, Syrin! I hope the vast majority of Alaskans of all political persuasions will fight back against the Palins and this kind of flouting of the law.


  2. Syrin
    Jun 09, 2011 @ 21:17:41

    Recieved a version of this email from several publications.. If you’re interested..

    Today, the U.S. media will get its first glimpse of more than 24,000 emails sent and received by Sarah Palin during her tenure as governor of Alaska. These emails were originally requested by journalists, citizens and other groups in 2008, when Palin was Sen. John McCain’s running mate on the Republican presidential ticket. They are being released now after years of delays.
    The Huffington Post expects to start receiving some of these emails this afternoon. We need your help going through this mass of documents to find notable passages and references to pass on to our reporters. This afternoon, we’ll post the documents online and provide a place for you to leave notes on the emails you see.
    We’ll contact you as soon as we have the documents available for you to read. If you want to be among the first to read Sarah Palin’s emails and help The Huffington Post write great stories about them, please sign up by following the link below.
    Follow the link to sign up:

    Sign up now to help us search through Sarah Palin’s emails


    • Deb
      Jun 10, 2011 @ 02:30:33

      Yes this email is from a Pro-Palin flying monkey website. They intend to try to “paint” their Queen with Rose colored glasses, much like they went after changing Wikipedia’s Paul Revere page.

      Be aware!


  3. Cute little hen
    Jun 09, 2011 @ 21:21:19

    Do you really think that much will come out of this with all the redacted stuff?


    • Syrin
      Jun 09, 2011 @ 21:49:33

      The first 3000 released in 09 which I do have on disk are almost all redacted.
      That’s just it, any of the emails with Todd cc’d should not be covered as ‘executive privilege’. As Andrew says. He was a citizen being given access to what they say is privileged information. If he can see it-so should every other Alaskan
      My understanding is that 2400 or so are redacted. The hope is that there’s something they missed after a two year sweep!


      • Deb
        Jun 10, 2011 @ 02:42:36

        I agree with you-Todd was not an “elected official” , therefore he should not get executive privacy.

        I call bullshit and would turn around and sue the state for using a private citizen not elected to “make policy changes that affect all the people of my state”.

      • climber357
        Jun 10, 2011 @ 11:00:47

        There is also the possibility that someone intentionally let something slip through. That someone would be a person who is still ¨trusted¨ and has surreptitiously leaked a few e-mails containing damaging information. I believe most of the people who did the actual redacting don´t give a whit about the Palins. They are covering for other people who had the misfortune of working for/with/around the Palins.

        sarah and Todd have a lot of enemies in Alaska. They have zero credibility and trick other people into vouching for them, using the good reputations of others to add credence and authority to their schemes. We all know the fates of the people who helped sarah. So do the people who are helping her now.

        Maybe, just maybe, there are a few more Frank Baileys among them.

  4. WakeUpAmerica
    Jun 09, 2011 @ 21:39:59

    Obviously, there is much collusion in the Alaska government. You would think that Parnell, the sock puppet, would want to be squeeky clean and release as much as possible considering how Palin had so little regard for him (per Bailey’s book). After all, she didn’t even trust him to run the state while she was running for pres…er VP. He has nothing to gain and everything to lose by protecting the Tundra Turd.


  5. Theresa 'Darklady' Reed
    Jun 09, 2011 @ 22:57:31

    I believe that there is a certain amount of latitude with the spouses of politicos, so the question is most likely how MUCH latitude. I’m kinda stunned that he was in on judicial appointments. That strikes me as being fairly inappropriate.


    • WakeUpAmerica
      Jun 10, 2011 @ 00:02:05

      I agree. If I were a voter in Alaska, I would be saying, “Wait a minute! We elected Jezebel not Todd.”


    • Deb
      Jun 10, 2011 @ 02:36:33

      Talking to your spouse about it or having them attend a meeting is one thing-Turd was actually holding meetings with them and effectively acting as Sarah should have as governor.

      There is no latitude given spouses, that is totally illegal that is why they did a run around the state email system.

      I don’t vote for the wife/husband of the elected official. They can give their private opinions but have no say, no state forwards to state business emails, no private meetings and no office space.


      • Tan
        Jun 10, 2011 @ 04:18:46

        I agree that it’s frightening that such a figure as Todd had any influence since he’s clearly not too bright, vengeful and abusive…

        But the spouse issue was brought up during the Clinton presidency, as Hillary was heavily involved in issues, particularly being very involved in the attempted health care reform. I’m not sure how I feel about that; I can understand republicans being upset about it actually. But there’s a big difference between a spouse with impressive degrees and expertise and Todd; a horrible perverted caveman that can’t even spell the word ‘clothes’ correctly!

  6. Martha
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 05:28:34

    Jun 10, 2011 @ 04:18:46

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    I agree that it’s frightening that such a figure as Todd had any influence since he’s clearly not too bright, vengeful and abusive…

    But the spouse issue was brought up during the Clinton presidency, as Hillary was heavily involved in issues, particularly being very involved in the attempted health care reform. I’m not sure how I feel about that; I can understand republicans being upset about it actually. But there’s a big difference between a spouse with impressive degrees and expertise and Todd; a horrible perverted caveman that can’t even spell the word ‘clothes’ correctly!

    ‘In January 1993, Bill Clinton appointed Hillary Clinton to head the Task Force on National Health Care Reform, hoping to replicate the success she had in leading the effort for Arkansas education reform. She privately urged that passage of health care reform be given higher priority than the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which she was also unenthusiastic about the merits of.”

    Everything Hillary did was out in the open.

    She appeared before congressional panels many times to “explain” and “justify” her health care proposals, they racked her over the coals, as it were, I watched some of it.

    It was so bruta that I wouldn’t watch all of itl, but I think it toughened her up for the troubles that were to come.

    “The plan did not receive enough support for a floor vote in either the House or the Senate, although Democrats controlled both chambers, and the proposal was abandoned in September 1994”

    Anything she would accomplish had to have congressional approval,

    She had done the same for health care in Arkansas, where Bill was Governor for…..12 years without quitting.

    In fact he lost the election after his first term and ran again to win.

    “He became the youngest governor in the country at age 32. He worked on educational reform and Arkansas’s roads, with wife Hillary leading a successful committee on urban health care reform.”

    I’m not a big Bill Clinton or Hillary Clinton fan and personally I think that America would have been better of taking Hillary’s health care rather than NAFTA.

    On the other hand, as has been pointed out in the news and recent books, Todd Palin did everything in subterfuge, attended meetings he legally wasn’t allowed to (even after it was pointed out to the BOTH of them) and received those e-mails he had no legal right to be privy to.

    Todd was essentially the “Ghost Governor”, running the state behind the scenes.


  7. Jeff
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 06:56:22

    Dear Syrin,

    I apologize in advance for the length here and for the imposition of my many questions.
    No need to apologize!
    Is Lyda Green still a state senator from that area? If so, is she still President of the Senate?
    No, she is not. There is a whole chapter in Dunn’s and Bailey’s books to fill in the blanks for you concerning Lyda.

    Do you think she would be willing to comment directly on the e-mail disclosure matter once these are out? Is she still as accessible to reporters and as willing to speak frankly on/off record?

    Lyda has made herself available to be interviewed for these books, McGinniss’s included. She has retired and probably not willing to discuss Palin anymore.

    Does the state legislature have any voice in the email disclosures, or is it strictly at the discretion of the Executive Branch?

    It’s the Executive Branch led by Parnell and a large amount of Palin appointees are still in charge.

    Do you know if there’s any existing litigation on the previous disclosures regarding what was redacted?

    I think I read somewhere that a non Alaskan is starting the process.

    There were quite a few inconsistencies in the first batch where names or email addresses were redacted in some places but not others (like in other emails in a thread). Obviously there is at least some discretion (assuming that those were not limited to errors or oversights) on the part of the redactors, but the reasons for redacting/description in the logs were often so vague that it didn’t really explain the reason for redaction very well.

    Redaction of a public officials emails who unlawfully used a public email system is being cited to contain so called private or executive privilege

    I plan to plow through these emails, too, as soon as they begin entering them into the database, but the task is so arduous for the few nuggets we get. The national media are doing a follow-through to catch the low-hanging fruit, in my opinion, but I don’t see them pushing the State of AK for further disclosure through the courts.

    I sure hope that the national media would do a follow up to catch that hangin fruit!

    Do you know if the local media are interested in this matter enough to put any pressure on the state to go beyond what has decided already regarding the content being censored or redacted?

    My gut tells me that the most of the media there are not in a position to be aggressive in pursuing the matter, but I hope I am dead wrong with my assumptions on this matter.

    You are not dead wrong, unfortunately!

    If there are some of the traditional media there (magazine, newspaper, TV, radio) that have the capability and the desire to continue to push hard on the matter, who are they?

    Can you offer your opinion on the political climate there, locally or regionally, on the situation and the likelihood of any additional political pressure being put on Parnell, or is he going to hide behind the attorneys advising on what should be redacted? Are the folks there behind pushing the matter farther, or has Palin-fatigue worn them to the point that they are “over it”?

    Here in Wasilla, Palin’s are not spoken of too much. The embarrassment factor is high.

    I’m not an insider, obviously, nor a journalist or anyone seeking any economic gain. But I do have family in the state, and, despite their concerns, they are reluctant to even pursue the matter actively because of their relationships in the Evangelical Christian community. I can’t honestly say that it what I would describe as a cult, and maybe I’m not driven by a fear of being criticized or shunned because of my own opinions or associations, but I am very concerned when adults are reluctant to merely have candid conversations about such matters because of peer pressure or paranoia within their community.

    I’m sorry to burden you with all of these requests for information and insight. I’d welcome any answers or comments from anyone else reading your comments here as well, if it will lighten your load.

    Thank you so much for all you’re doing.


    P.S. If you would prefer to respond via email with any degree of privacy or anonymity that suits your needs, please feel welcome to email me at :


    • Jeff
      Jun 12, 2011 @ 16:23:53

      Thank you so much for your reply.

      I read Dunn’s book, but my retention level must be receding. I now have Bailey’s book on my Kindle, and I’m trying to decide whether to start reading it now versus continuing to plow through the new emails.

      After reading Dunn’s book, I really felt a little sorry for SP because it confirmed my thoughts that she is truly mentally ill person. Then again, she does function at a high enough level to spew the drivel and code words that her “base” responds to. It sounds like most folks in Alaska are enlightened now so her prospects there for public office are diminished. Kudos to you and the rest who put up enough resistance to neutralize her. When you push down the air bubble, it just pops up somewhere else, like Arizona.

      If Sarah runs for POTUS, she can’t win, but the noise she generates sucks the oxygen out of the room for discussions of real issues that our country needs to address, regardless of anyone;s ideology. Politically, I guess I’m in the middle somewhere because my views and bias skew away from the most extreme political fringes. The GOP is being pulled farther and farther off the political map, and conservative doesn’t even resemble the meaning of the word. I’d rather see the Defense budget cut in half and a major portion reallocated to infrastructure, economic development. and debt reduction. I guess that makes me a wishy-washy paleo-conservative of sorts. In practice, I have no party whose platform I can support completely. I do wish there were more political power at the local level for practical reasons. Then again, there is corruption to be fought at every level. Had Palin been a little more polished, sophisticated and more disciplined, our country might be facing a potential disaster of the scale I don’t want to even imagine.

      MY guess at this point is that she remains a talking head for the GOP and plays cheerleader for the front groups supporting the corporatist views of shifting fiscal burdens to the middle-class, which continues to shrink. I’m in the corporate world, but I honestly believe that a strong-middle class allows for more demand domestically, which drives out economy, Shifting wealth up the ladder does not increase consumption, but centralizes economic and political power into the hands of the truly “elite”. Unfortunately, Palin and I have 2 completely different definitions for that word. I believe that Sarah acts not as a populist that her rants and screeches might suggest; instead, she serves as a shill for the truly elite, channeling disinformation to the low-info crowd that follows her in lock-step with her because of personality politics. That’s why I regard her as dangerous. Politically, SP might be a US Rep in AZ because AZ is adding a new House District in 2012, and with one Senator retiring and the other, McCain likely to retire at the end of this term if not with a year or two left in his last term, Sarah might be able to make a move for one of these. I believe Kyl’s seat is going to Jeff Flake though, which would open up a district adjacent to the district where Palin purchased a home in AZ.

      I have rambled enough here, so I’ll put my pencil down for a bit. I think I’ve decided to go ahead and read Bailey’s book, and go from there.

      Here’s a link to an interesting article at WaPo yesterday. I hope SP is inundated with inquiries and the media will have a feeding frenzy on this. I won’t hold my breath, tho.

      Thanks again for your time and assistance, and for steering me to the sources for info.



  8. Kalena
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 11:27:55

    Syrin! You were in her emails, the ADN is reporting it. She wrote:

    “I think our security guys should check into her because the times she’s blogged about Todd’s schedule and what we drive have really infringed on our privacy rights and potential safety when psychos know when Todd’s out of town,”

    Read more:


  9. neil
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 14:40:38

    All I’m going to say is that she is awfully concerned about official paperwork reflecting the official Trig story.

    Ok dokay- enough is enough. I am calling ADN, as Todd just called from and said Sherry
    Whitstine (aka crazy hater) blogged yesterday that “Sarah had an affair with “Todd’s best
    friend while he was on the slope”. No, I haven’t read it- others have – it’s flippin
    unbelievable that the ADN allows lies like this to be posted. I’m calling.


  10. Theresa 'Darklady' Reed
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 14:51:16

    Interesting about Sherry Whitstine.

    She “Friended” me on Facebook some time ago. Even participated in a comment thread and was civilized. I wondered why someone from Alaska was adding me, but I’ve got “Friends” from all over the planet…

    Now I feel kinda extra special. 🙂


    • Syrin
      Jun 10, 2011 @ 16:41:00

      Glad you feel special.. I don’t know you, however, you know several of my friends. Thats how Facebook works. I’ve had problems of late with my willy nilly ways of friending people on Facebook. I will be doing a full house cleaning…


      • Theresa 'Darklady' Reed
        Jun 10, 2011 @ 18:59:21

        Here’s where we all laugh at home much my brain resembles Swiss cheese… I had not made the association between Syrin and Sherry.

        That would explain why she/you are/were civilized.

        I’m going to go feel embarrassed now. (blush)

        No need to clean me out of your house unless you feel that would be best. I don’t mind being associated with unsavory anti-Palinites such as yourself. 😉

      • Syrin
        Jun 10, 2011 @ 19:30:52

        Thank you for commenting here at my blog and no reason to be embarrassed. I appreciate your thoughts and Yoville gifts! Keep em coming! Isn’t Yoville fun?

  11. Martha
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 15:57:23

    I posted this on ADN and reposting here, it’s from Politicussua

    Typical Palin;

    Sarah Palin Uses Email Dump To Release Critics Personal Information
    June 10, 2011
    By Jason Easley and Sarah Jones

    “Some very ugly things are going to come out of these emails and not against Sarah Palin. Frankly I’m very disturbed by her legal team’s choices in what I’m reading. Sarah Palin and her legal team spent two and half years combing these emails for pages they wanted to withhold and for redactions to protect the privacy of some people. But you want to know whose informatio­n they left in?Any person who wrote to criticize the Governor has their email and phone number out for the Palin cult to attack. Sarah Palin once again used a seeming “attack” on her (aka, a request for transparen­cy) as an opportunit­y to turn the guns of her internet vigilantes on her detractors­. This is an outrageous compromisi­ng of those citizen’s privacy and safety.”



  12. Ripley in CT
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 16:56:15

    OOooh Syrin, she’s not liking you very much these days, huh? LOL

    Also, insofar as Parnell being her lackey, I found one e-mail that said she’d talk with him about his “future” some time. WTF is going on up there? Is there a real Palin mafia? We need to know more about Todd and his past and connections. Something’s just not right.


  13. Theresa 'Darklady' Reed
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 18:59:57

    And, naturally, by “home much” I mean “how much.”



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