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Sarah Palin Controversy: Yup Yup … Obama is Actually Losing Ground

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Sep/01/2008
Sarah Palin

A pregnant 17 year old unwed daughter, an alleged "abuse of power" involving the attempted firing of her former brother-in-law, and now word that John McCain running mate Sarah Palin was a Director of embattled Sen. Stevens's 527 Group.

The controversies surrounding Palin may seem great but the prediction markets actually have McCain up a whopping 0.2 percent at Intrade.com. Even more shocking, Democratic US Presidential nominee, Barack Obama, has seen his price decline 1.1 percent.

Palin on Monday confirmed that her 17-year old daughter, Bristol Palin, has been sexually active and is now pregnant as a result. She will marry the impregnator.

Just a few hours later, the Washington Post revealed Palin's involvement with embattled Senator Ted Stevens.

Palin's name is listed on 2003 incorporation papers of the "Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.," a 527 group that could raise unlimited funds from corporate donors. The group was designed to serve as a political boot camp for Republican women in the state. She served as one of three directors until June 2005, when her name was replaced on state filings.

Palin's relationship with Alaska's senior senator may be one of the more complicated aspects of her new position as Sen. John McCain's running mate; Stevens was indicted in July 2008 on seven counts of corruption.

Palin, an anti-corruption crusader in Alaska, had called on Stevens to be open about the issues behind the investigation. But she also held a joint news conference with him in July, before he was indicted, to make clear she had not abandoned him politically.

Stevens had been helpful to Palin during her run for governor, swooping in with a last moment endorsement. And the two filmed a campaign commercial together to highlight Stevens's endorsement of Palin during the 2006 race.

A Gallup shows a 49 percent to 43 percent advantage for Obama following his highly acclaimed speech on Thursday. It was not yet known how Monday's news related to Palin would affect polling.

Palin has mostly come under fire from Gambling911.com readers who feel she exercised poor judgment in flying more than 3000 miles after her water broke and in her eighth month of pregnancy.

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Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

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