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APOC staff says Palin has disclosed enough

From Sean Cockerham in Anchorage –

Alaska Public Offices Commission staff says it’s now satisfied with Sarah Palin’s disclosures of her 2008 gifts and her husband’s Arctic Cat sponsorship.

APOC and Palin went back and forth this summer over just what had to be disclosed. Palin didn't want to reveal details of the Arctic Cat sponsorship, saying it was proprietary information, and also argued that gifts were not “received” until they were opened.

APOC disagreed with her on both those points and Palin filed a new disclosure last month, listing more gifts and providing some information in the disclosure about Todd Palin's Arctic Cat sponsorship, while pleading ignorance of specifics.

Palin's lawyer, Tom Van Flein, told APOC that Palin "has not read the contract and does not know the specific terms of the contract."

"She has a general awareness that the sponsorship contract provides for discounts...Scott Davis is sponsored by Arctic Cat and has been for 15 years. As a sponsored team he, and his crew (which includes Todd Palin), can obtain Arctic Cat merchandise for 50% off of retail. In addition, the company pays a sponsorship fee and gives Team Arctic Wear to the Racing Team," Van Flein wrote.

APOC staff responded in Sept. 2 memo that Palin's response “appears to be appropriate…given the level of knowledge and disclosure of facts by this filer.”

The APOC commissioners will look over the staff’s recommendation to drop the matter at their meeting later this month.

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