by Chris Bodenner

The AP reports that an independent investigator has found evidence that Palin may have violated ethics laws "by trading on her position as she sought money for lawyer fees." Mudflats gives some  context:

[It involves] an ethics complaint against the governor’s office that was dismissed as frivolous by the administration. After the investigation into the legality of the [The Alaska Fund Trust] was completed, appearances seem to indicate that it was, indeed, a valid complaint that uncovered some unsavory legal fund raising tactics.

But Nate Silver demurs:

I don't see a great deal of direct political fallout from this unless there are further revelations. Instead, it will more likely become another piece in the proxy war that is constantly being fought on Sarah Palin and will probably continue to be fought until she leaves the national scene.

T minus 3 days.

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