Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska, wrote in her memoir, “Going Rogue” that after she and Senator John McCain lost the 2008 presidential election, the McCain campaign made her pay $50,000 to help cover the cost of vetting her for the Republican political ticket.
Vetting” is a process of examination and evaluation, and generally refers to performing a background check on an individual before offering them employment or another type of position.
Palin said that in the months leading up to her resignation as Alaska governor in July, her legal bills rose to more than $500,000. Part of that was incurred fighting frivolous ethics complaints that arose during the campaign. She was most pissed off and disturbed about was the $50,000 expense for being vetted to become McCain’s running mate, as she felt the Republican Party should have covered the full cost.
Palin wrote that when she asked the Republican National Committee officials and the McCain campaign if they would help her financially, she was told that the legal costs would have been covered for her if the McCain had won, but since he lost, the bills were her responsibility.
Palin has a valid concern. Normally, employers conduct background checks on potential employees. Employers pay for the cost of the investigation, not the potential employee, so this is a legitimate complaint.
Trevor Potter, general legal counsel for the McCain campaign, disputed Sara Palin’s claim. Mr. Potter (not to be confused with Harry Potter, though their credentials may be similar) indicated that the McCain campaign never asked Palin to pay a legal bill.
“To my knowledge, the campaign never billed Governor Palin for any legal expenses related to her vetting, and I am not aware of her ever asking the campaign to pay legal expenses that her own lawyers incurred for the vetting process,” he said.
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Sarah Palin has since gone on to become famous for no particular reason, appearing on the public speaking circuit, national television, talk shows and even a reality TV series.