Former Palin aide Bailey calls ethics complaint 'baseless'

The lawyer for former Sarah Palin aide and author Frank Bailey said Tuesday that Bailey is fully cooperating with the state's investigation into how he put together his upcoming "expose" of Palin.

"Mr. Bailey has complied with all requests from the Attorney General's office and his actions are within the boundaries of his legal rights," attorney Kevin Clarkson said in an emailed statement.

He said the ethics complaint filed against Bailey by Anchorage activist Andree McLeod is as "baseless as the countless other complaints she has leveled against other individuals, including Governor Palin, since she was turned away from employment within that Administration."

Bailey, along with co-authors Ken Morris and Jeanne Devon of the Anchorage website Mudflats, is to release his book, "Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin," on May 24. Bailey joined Palin's 2006 campaign for governor and was among her closest aides when she was in office.

Bailey has said his book was put together with the help of more than 60,000 emails he sent or received while working for Palin. McLeod, who filed the ethics complaint against Bailey in September, says he can't use unreleased state records to cash in.

The Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act says former public officials can't use information acquired in the course of their work for personal gain if the information hasn't been publicly disseminated.

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