In Light of the evidence the Governer expressly authorized the creation of the trust and the fact that the trust website quite openly used the Governor's position to solicit donations, there is probable cause to believe that Governor Palin used, or attempted to use, her official position for personal gain in violation of Alaska Statute 39.52.102(a)Yawn, snooze. It seems likely that Palin -- who resigned ostensibly because of all of these (in her and her supporters minds) "unfair,"complaints against her -- does not see it this way at all. She was probably even unaware of the fact that using her position to solicit donations to defend herself from complaints that seemingly arised from a public position, was problematical. After all, this is someone who ran on a campaign last year against "good ole boys" networks in Washington, and yet when in power in Alaska had promptly instituted her own, rather more prominent version, of it.
The real question, assuming the report's assessment is accurate, is whether it really is a problem. We say not much, that it will get short shrift. And that in and of itself, will have little bearing upon Palin's potential ongoing popularity, and probable run for president in 2012, barring the Democratic party finally doing an effective job in framing the case against her, and ending its counterproductive dismissal of and contempt for the fact that this wildly manipulative and incredibly misinformed outgoing Governor, on a populist level, is in fact quite popular.