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#1    Lt_Ripley

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 04:41 AM

seems there maybe another investigation on the line for Palin in a few days . Seems Alaskans are starting to question .................

Did Sports Complex Contractors Build Palin's House for Free?
by stef
Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 08:52:55 AM PDT

The prosecution just rested in the Ted Stevens trial, in which he is accused of accepting $250,000 worth of free renovations to his house from VECO, an oil pipeline company. VECO workers labored for months remodeling Stevens' home at the company's expense.

The Palin's two-story, four bedroom, four bath home on Lake Lucille is worth $552,000. "Todd Palin built the house with friends who were contractors, he said in a recent television interview."

At the same time the mighty Todd was building the house, the Wasilla Sports Complex was under construction right down the road. Just who were these "friends who were contractors" who did such a huge favor for the Palins by building their house for them? Was it payback for the sports complex contracts? Wayne Barrett of the Village Voice asks the question, below the fold.

Wayne Barrett reports that after the $12.5 million Wasilla Sports Complex was approved, the design contract went to architect Blase Burkhart, "son of Roy Burkhart, who is frequently described as a "mentor" of Palin and was head of the local Republican Party." Roy Burkhart was also a Palin campaign contributor. Palin then appointed Blase Burkhart to the builder-selection committee, which awarded the construction contract to "Howdie Inc., a mostly residential contractor owned at the time by Howard Nugent." Nugent was a Palin campaign contributor, also.

What happened next is rather curious. Here's Barrett:

    A list of subcontractors on the [sports complex] job, obtained by the Voice, includes many with Palin ties. One was Spenard Builders Supply, the state's leading supplier of wood, floor, roof, and other "pre-engineered components." In addition to being a sponsor of Todd Palin's snow-machine team that has earned tens of thousands for the Palin family, Spenard hired Sarah Palin to do a statewide television commercial in 2004. When the Palins began building a new family home off Lake Lucille in 2002—at the same time that Palin was running for lieutenant governor and in her final months as mayor—Spenard supplied the materials, according to Antoine Bricks, who works in its Wasilla office. Spenard actually filed a notice "of its right to assert a lien" on the deed for the Palin property after contracting for labor and materials for the site. Spenard's name has popped up in the trial of Senator Stevens—it worked on the house that is at the center of the VECO scandal as well.

    Todd Palin told Fox News that he built the two-story, 3,450-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath, wood house himself, with the help of contractors he described as "buddies." As mayor, Sarah Palin blocked an effort to require the filing of building permits in the wide-open city, and there is no public record of who the "buddies" were. The house was built very near the complex, on a site whose city purchase led to years of unsuccessful litigation and, now, $1.3 million in additional costs, with a law firm that's also donated to Palin collecting costly fees from the city.

    Dorwin and Joanne Smith, the principals of complex subcontractor DJ Excavation & Development, have donated $7,100 to Palin and her allied candidate Charlie Fannon (Joanne is a Palin appointee on the state Board of Nursing). Sheldon Ewing, who owns another complex subcontractor, Weld Air, has donated $1,300, and PN&D, an engineering firm on the complex, has contributed $699.

    Ewing was one of the few sports-complex contractors, aside from Spenard, willing to address the question of whether he worked on the house as well, but he had little to say: "I doubt that it occurred, but if it did indirectly, how would I know anyhow?" The odd timing of Palin's house construction—it was completed two months before she left City Hall and while she and Todd Palin were campaigning statewide for the first time—raises questions, especially considering its synergy with the complex.

What an unusual situation. Giant construction contracts are being awarded to campaign contributors at the same time that "buddies" who just happen to be contractors are "helping" Todd build their two-story house. At the same time Sarah ensures there will be no public record of building permits. WTF? How is this different from the Stevens situation?

We need to know:  

Who Built Sarah Palin's House?

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/10/...18/34/47/627460


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Palin’s name is listed on 2003 incorporation papers of the “Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.,” a 527 group that could raise unlimited funds from corporate donors. The group was designed to serve as a political boot camp for Republican women in the state. She served as one of three directors until June 2005, when her name was replaced on state filings.

Palin’s relationship with Alaska’s senior senator may be one of the more complicated aspects of her new position as Sen. John McCain’s running mate; Stevens was indicted in July 2008 on seven counts of corruption.


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Posted 15 October 2008 - 04:45 AM

Yeah, because Obama didn't get an excellent deal on his mansion from a convicted criminal.

Wait...

He did. How awesome.

Edited by __Kratos__, 15 October 2008 - 04:45 AM.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 04:50 AM

Can I get a free house?

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 04:51 AM

This can be twisted in a lot of ways.

A contractor company hires local help. They don't fly in hundreds of their own men and put them up for months at the site while being built. The local help can work on many projects at a time. Without all the facts it's also very possible Todd Palin's friends worked on the sports complex as a day job and helped him with his house off time. So I suppose technically the contractor's men could be said to have help build the Palin house but that's like saying your buddy who is a policeman helps you build a shed so you got a free shed from the local police.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 05:16 AM

No one is asking for any reimburstment, compensation or credit for building it.
Case close!


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Posted 15 October 2008 - 07:39 AM

__Kratos__ on Oct 15 2008, 05:45 AM, said:

Yeah, because Obama didn't get an excellent deal on his mansion from a convicted criminal.

Wait...

He did. How awesome.


Then suggest - or better yet, begin - an investigation into Obama's house. It's infantile and lazy to point to a possible wrongdoing of one person to justify a possible wrongdoing of another.

MasterPo on Oct 15 2008, 05:51 AM, said:

This can be twisted in a lot of ways.

A contractor company hires local help. They don't fly in hundreds of their own men and put them up for months at the site while being built. The local help can work on many projects at a time. Without all the facts it's also very possible Todd Palin's friends worked on the sports complex as a day job and helped him with his house off time. So I suppose technically the contractor's men could be said to have help build the Palin house but that's like saying your buddy who is a policeman helps you build a shed so you got a free shed from the local police.


I agree, Po, this could be the situation. However, given the secrecy apparently mandated by Palin when she was Mayor regarding the filing of permits it probably warrants an investigation. I'm not saying any politician is clean - but they should at least be clever enough to hide things so no-one can prove they are dirty.

AROCES on Oct 15 2008, 06:16 AM, said:

No one is asking for any reimburstment, compensation or credit for building it.
Case close!


As usual, AROCES, you are off-target and trying to take the thread off-topic. Compensation is not the issue - possible bribery/corruption is.

Edited by Leonardo, 15 October 2008 - 07:40 AM.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 11:05 AM

Additionally, Mayor Phailin wanted the sports complex so bad that she didn't even wait to see if they had clear title to the land.  To date, the city of Wasilla has spent over $800,000 fighting over a parcel of land they built the complex on that wasn't theirs.  This lady could be President?  Sounds like a continuation of the Dick and W gang.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 05:21 PM

SoCrazes on Oct 15 2008, 11:05 AM, said:

Additionally, Mayor Phailin wanted the sports complex so bad that she didn't even wait to see if they had clear title to the land.  To date, the city of Wasilla has spent over $800,000 fighting over a parcel of land they built the complex on that wasn't theirs.  This lady could be President?  Sounds like a continuation of the Dick and W gang.

Do you see why there are those who gets bold doing govt graft and corruption?
They see things like this, Sarah Palin who took on her own party to clean up the Corruption in the govt of Alaska is now being destroyed for political purposes. The message is does not matter if you do good deed or not, it's your party affiliation.


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Posted 15 October 2008 - 07:30 PM

AROCES on Oct 15 2008, 06:21 PM, said:

Do you see why there are those who gets bold doing govt graft and corruption?
They see things like this, Sarah Palin who took on her own party to clean up the Corruption in the govt of Alaska is now being destroyed for political purposes. The message is does not matter if you do good deed or not, it's your party affiliation.


Or maybe she was just upset that she wasn't getting her piece of the pie. I'm not saying Palin is corrupt, but there is no indication of what you are wittering on about either. If she is investigated and found guilty it won't because she is Republican, Democrat or Love, Light and the Federation, it will be because she is corrupt. If she is investigated and found not guilty it will be because she is not corrupt.

Stop posting with your eyes closed.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 08:06 PM

Leonardo on Oct 15 2008, 07:30 PM, said:

Or maybe she was just upset that she wasn't getting her piece of the pie. I'm not saying Palin is corrupt, but there is no indication of what you are wittering on about either. If she is investigated and found guilty it won't because she is Republican, Democrat or Love, Light and the Federation, it will be because she is corrupt. If she is investigated and found not guilty it will be because she is not corrupt.

Stop posting with your eyes closed.

Or maybe, could be, possible. But what is reality is not mentioned, and that she cleaned up corruption in the Alaskan gov.t
But of course the important thing since Obama must win is the maybe she is corrupt. rolleyes.gif


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Posted 15 October 2008 - 08:18 PM

Leonardo on Oct 15 2008, 02:39 AM, said:

Then suggest - or better yet, begin - an investigation into Obama's house. It's infantile and lazy to point to a possible wrongdoing of one person to justify a possible wrongdoing of another.


I wasn't justifying anything for Palin. Simply pointing out that Obama isn't as clean there either.

But of course you know me, I love tax dollars being used for personal use by elected officials... Nothing warms my heart more. rolleyes.gif

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