Palin used State funds for visit to church where she was baptizedSeptember 8th, 2008 - 1:01 pm ICT by ANI
Juneau (Alaska), Sept.8 (ANI): Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin is reported to have used Alaska Government funds for a round-trip visit to attend the June 8 graduation of the Master’’s Commission program at the Wasilla Assembly of God, the church where she was baptized at age 12.
The records show Palin flew from State capital Juneau on June 7 and returned on June 9.
The only other item on the agenda for that trip was a “One Lord Sunday” service involving a network of Mat-Su Christian churches earlier that morning at the Wasilla sports complex.
According to an Anchorage Daily News report, the cost of the flight was 519.50 dollars. Palin also claimed an additional 120 dollars for meals and other expenses.
Palin’’s spokeswoman in the governor’’s office, Sharon Leighow, said the state paid for the trip because Palin was invited to the events as the governor, not as a private citizen.
Leighow said there was no violation of the constitutional separation of church and state in Palin’’s official appearance and remarks. (ANI)
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