Former Palin Aide Agrees to Pay Fine for Releasing Confidential Emails in Book
Frank Bailey will pay $11,900
ALASKA - Sarah Palin’s former aide turned author, Frank Bailey, has agreed to pay $11,900 in fines to settle an ethics complaint filed back in 2010 by activist Andree McLeod.
In the settlement Frank Bailey admits to violating the state’s ethics act by using confidential emails he obtained while working under Palin for his own personal gain.
Before Bailey’s book, Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin, was released in May of 2011, Bailey had removed most, but not all, of the information the Office of the Attorney General deemed confidential.
"Despite my best efforts, two items were left in the book that the state did not want published. For that, I am sorry. It was not my intention to do so and it was unfortunate that it happened,” said Bailey, in a statement he posted to Facebook.
Andree McLeod, who filed the complaint back in 2010, said the fine was a "slap on the wrist" for Bailey.
McLeod said she has asked the attorney general to release all of the documents and emails that Bailey confiscated when he left state employment.
The attorney general’s office declined to comment on the settlement.