McCain Aide Denies Palin Alleged Book Claim

November 13, 2009

While Sarah Palin’s book Going Rogue isn’t out until Tuesday, titillating released excerpts are already setting off denials from John McCain’s old campaign staff. The AP purchasing a copy of the book before the sale date and excerpted a section where Palin writes about receiving a bill for about $500,000 from the McCain campaign to pay for expenses relating to the vetting process, that took place before she was named as the vice presidential nominee. In response to Palin’s reported claim, a McCain official told CNN that the story is “one hundred percent untrue.” The official added: “All those bills are from her personal attorney Thomas Van Flein, mostly relating to the Troopergate investigation and other ethics investigations. It is not legal to pay for those investigations out of general election funds, even if the campaign was so inclined.” A spokeswoman for Palin, Meg Stapleton, wouldn’t confirm whether the claim was even in the book as it is still embargoed before its release in order to allow Oprah to be the first to discuss the book on Monday.  So we’ll have to wait at least till Monday for the real official shot to be fired across the McCain campaign bow.

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