Probe finds Palin legal defense fund was illegal

An Alaska Personnel Board investigation found that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's legal defense fund was illegal. 

The AP reported Thursday that "the Alaska Fund Trust inappropriately used the word 'official' on its website to describe it, wrongly implying Palin's endorsement as governor." Here is more:

Palin's attorney says she will return the funds.

[Investigator Timothy] Petumenos, however, found [that Palin] nominee acted in good faith and relied on the advice of lawyers when setting up the fund.

A preliminary, confidential report also implicating Palin was issued last July, less than two weeks after she announced she was resigning. In announcing her resignation, Palin cited the toll of the ethics probes as one of the reasons she was stepping down.

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Another board investigator last summer found evidence that Palin — the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee — may have violated ethics laws by trading on her position as she sought money to pay legal expenses in multiple ethics complaints filed against her. Nearly every complaint has been dismissed.

The confidential report on the Alaska Fund Trust was issued less than two weeks after Palin announced she was resigning from office last July.

In announcing her resignation, Palin cited the toll of the ethics probes as one of the reasons she was stepping down.