Palin Resignation Costs Alaska At Least $40,000

Sean Parnell was sworn in as Alaska's 10th governor at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks on Sunday, July 26, 2009, after Gov. Sarah Palin's resignation from office before finishing her first term.

Sean Parnell was sworn in as Alaska's 10th governor at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks on Sunday, July 26, 2009, after Governor Sarah Palin's resignation from office before finishing her first term.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Early estimates put the cost of Sarah Palin’s midterm resignation as Alaska governor at a minimum of $40,000, not including a special legislative session partly linked to her departure.

The preliminary figures obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request show it cost the state almost $14,100 for the July 26 swearing-in ceremony of new Gov. Sean Parnell.

The price tag for moving Palin — the former GOP vice presidential candidate — and her family from the governor’s mansion in Juneau amounted to more than $3,328.

Not included in the tally is the estimated cost of more than $100,000 for a one-day special session held last month in which state lawmakers approved Palin’s surprise pick to replace Parnell as lieutenant governor.

Rachel D’Oro
Anchorage Daily News/The Associated Press

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