Govenor Palin has charged the state of Alaska a total of $21,012 for flights and “luxury hotel rooms” to accommodate her children.  While I totally understand wanting your children with you while you travel around the country, Alaska state law allows only for payment of expenses for anyone conducting “official business.”  Unfortunately for Ms. Palin, Todd’s snowmobile race does not qualify.  (No!  I’m not being mean – that’s really one of the trips she counted as “official business.”)

From the CNN article:

When Palin amended her children’s expense reports, she listed a role for the two girls at the function — “to draw two separate raffle tickets.”

In the original travel form, Palin listed a number of events that her children attended and said they were there “in official capacity helping.” She did not identify any specific roles for the girls.

Isn’t one of the girls like ten?

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