Author of a Sarah Palin tell-all is fined for publishing e-mails deemed confidential(Read article summary)
Frank Bailey, author of 'Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin,' paid his $11,900 fine after an activist protested his ability to publish the e-mails.
A former aide to Sarah Palin, who wrote an unflattering tell-all about working for her while she was governor of Alaska, has paid the fine he was charged for including in his book e-mails considered to be confidential.
According to the Alaska Department of Law, Frank Bailey, whose book was titled â€śBlind Allegiance to Sarah Palin,â€ť broke Alaskaâ€™s ethics laws by profiting from the use of confidential state e-mails, one of which concerned a candidate for state attorney general.
Bailey, who worked as the director of Boards and Commissions for Palinâ€™s administration, had showed a manuscript of his book to the Attorney Generalâ€™s office before it was published. When the AG's office indicated that some of the material that he was including would be considered confidential, he took some â€“ but not all â€“ of the material in question out of the manuscript.
Bailey was charged with the $11,900 fine after Andree McLeod, an activist who had been seeking the e-mails Palin sent from her personal e-mail to a state account. McLeod has told the press that every e-mail in Baileyâ€™s book should be released to the public.
McLeod first complained in 2010 and wrote that she and various media outlets had all tried to get access to the e-mails, without success.
â€śYet, it seems that a former Palin aide and two others who remain anonymous have free access to Palin's emails ... all because Bailey worked for her in the governor's office,â€ť she wrote in her official complaint.
In the text of Baileyâ€™s settlement with the state of Alaska, he states that some of the e-mails he used in the book were in fact confidential.
Molly Driscoll is a Monitor contributor.