Federal Politics

Published — October 1, 2008 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

No sleepovers in Palin’s governor’s mansion?


The office of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has effectively denied a Center request for a list of her overnight guests at the governor’s mansion, dating back to her inauguration in December 2006.

The Center wrote about the overnight guest lists from President Bill Clinton’s administration in 1996 and again in 2000, and from then-Texas Governor George W. Bush’s in 2000. A substantial number of guests on both lists were major campaign donors or fundraisers.

In 1997 John McCain criticized Clinton for the number of overnight White House stays by donors, telling CNN: “Look, we never put up a for-rent sign on the Lincoln bedroom. It was never Motel 1600 when President [George H. W.] Bush and President Reagan were there.”

Palin’s office told the Center that it “keeps records of official overnight guests, but not personal guests. There have not been any official overnight guests at the Governor’s Mansion during Governor Palin’s administration.” That response amounts to a denial of the request.

Along with any other implications, the true tragedy of not receiving the guest list is that we’ll never know who had the opportunity to take advantage of Palin’s tanning bed.

While you’re here, check out our other coverage of Sarah Palin. And also of the Dems’ VP candidate, Joe Biden.

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