Critic files another Palin ethics complaint

Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Another ethics complaint has been filed against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, less than a week before her resignation.

The complaint filed Monday alleges Palin violated ethics law by failing to submit complete gift disclosure forms in a timely manner.

The complaint is the 19th ethics grievance against Palin, most filed after she was named the GOP vice presidential candidate last year. Most of the complaints have been dismissed.

The latest is the sixth filed by fellow Republican Andree McLeod, an outspoken critic of the governor.

Palin's attorney, Thomas Van Flein, says the multiple filings by one person raise the prospect that the ethics process "is being abused and is simply being used to harass and annoy."

Three of the cases have been dismissed and two others, including one filed last week, remain active.

Palin steps down as Alaska governor on Sunday, with 17 months left to her first term.

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