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When It Comes to the Fund, Check Who You Can Trust (UPDATED)

A new group, the “Alaska Fund Trust,” is touting itself as “the official legal fund created to defend the integrity of the Alaska Governor’s Office from an onslaught of political attacks launched against current Governor Sarah Palin, the First Family, and state-employed colleagues.”

But there is no mention of the group on the web site for SarahPAC yet; in fact, the homepage still links to the April 8 statement saying the official legal defense fund has not yet been formed. (It did say the fund would be formed “later this month.”)

An oversight?

UPDATE: Politico says it’s legit.

ANOTHER UPDATE: SarahPAC’s site now has a statement, “At this time, we ask you to please hold your much appreciated donation and keep checking back here for the link to the Alaska Fund Trust, the official legal defense fund that will be announced shortly to help the family and state colleagues pay off legal debts incurred by politically-motivated attacks.” But as of this writing, a little after 10 a.m. Eastern time, the home page still links to the statement that no legal defense fund has been formed yet.

YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Palin family spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton got a statement to me: “Governor Palin is truly humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support from her fellow Alaskans and the wonderful people across our great country. She has the utmost confidence in the merit of the Alaska Fund Trust and the integrity of its Trustee, Kristan Cole. That is why the Alaska Fund Trust is the only legal fund that the Governor gave permission to use her name and likeness. With the success of this trust, Governor Palin will be able to continue getting results for the people of Alaska without these unnecessary distractions.”

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