Letter to Alaska Attorney General


The e-mail to Dave Worrell in the State of Alaska Film Office, Division of Economic Development, was sent over one week ago, and no response has been sent. I am tired of waiting for an indication that he cares, or that he is looking into the matter. The following e-mail and letter was sent this a.m. to John Burns, the Alaska Attorney General. If any response is made I will report it.

Malia Litman

address

Malialitman.wordpress.com

Mr. John J. Burns

PO Box 110300

Juneau, AK 99811-0300

Attorney.general@alaska.gov

Re: Unlawful $1.2 Million Dollar Tax Credit

April 28, 2011

Dear Mr. Burns:

As Alaska’s “chief law enforcement officer” and “leading over 550 attorneys and staff I bring to your attention the payment of an unlawful Tax Credit of almost 1.2 Million Dollars paid by the State of Alaska to Jean Worldwide as a result of the TLC show “Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Over one week ago this matter was brought to the attention of Mr. Dave Worrell and no response has been forthcoming. The following information was brought to his attention.  Silence was the only response.

The TLC Show,Sarah Palin’s Alaska, was produced by Jean Worldwide. They applied for, and received a $1.2 million dollar tax credit pursuant to AS 44.33.236. That law expressly tax credit from being allowed if the film in question is (a) a current event, (b) a political advertisement, or (c) detrimental to the people of the state of Alaska. Of course Sarah Palin is a “current event”. Sarah Palin has herself admitted, on Fox News, that the film was political in nature. In case you don’t believe Sarah Palin, I have prepared a list of 23 specific references to the political comments made in the TLC show which was funded by the Alaskan tax-payers.

As the Attorney General, charged with the obligation to bring suit on behalf of the Alaskan tax payers, I would assume you would be most concerned about the inappropriate payment of a tax credit to a company that made a film that was “detrimental to the people of Alaska.” In case you don’t have time today to educate yourself about the problems facing many Alaskans, let me share with you a few quick facts that I learned from my home in Dallas:

1. TEEN PREGNANCY

Bristol Palin made national headlines when it was disclosed that she was the unwed pregnant teenage daughter of Sarah Palin. She and her Son, Tripp were featured on the TLC show demonstrating an extremely comfortable life style, complete with travel in a luxury RV, and Bristol going on adventures without the challenge of caring for a young child. As early as January of 2009 the Center for Disease Prevention reported that teen births increased by 3 percent nationally in 2006, reversing a 15-year decline. Alaska was the number one state in increase in teen births with a 19 percent increase in the teenage birthrate from the previous year.

• Teen pregnancy accounts for more than $9 billion per year in costs to U.S. taxpayers for increased health care and foster care, increased incarceration rates among children of teen parents, and lost tax revenue because of lower educational attainment and income among teen mothers.4

• Pregnancy and birth are significant contributors to high school drop out rates among girls. Only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by age 22, versus nearly 90% of women who had not given birth during adolescence.5

• The children of teenage mothers are more likely to have lower school achievement and drop out of high school, have more health problems, be incarcerated at some time during adolescence, give birth as a teenager, and face unemployment as a young adult.6

Alaskans should be particularly concerned about the increasing rise in teen pregnancy rates as Alaska has had increases in teen pregnancy rate in each year since 2006.

In Alaska, the public cost associated with teen childbearing is conservatively estimated to be $32 million in 2004, half paid by the federal government and half by the state. This

estimate captures net costs – those costs over and above what would have been incurred if a person with similar characteristics to the teen mother delayed childbearing until

age 20 or 21.

2. OBESITY

In several episodes of the TLC show Sarah Palin attacked the notion that kids should be allowed to eat unhealthy foods. Sarah Palin has publicly attacked the Let’s Move Campaign. She has said that the government should “get off our back” and that Americans have the “God Given Right” to be fat. While birthday cakes and baking cupcakes were included in the show, and one might argue that this was not intended to be a commentary on people’s right to be fat, the scene regarding the s’mores was clearly targeted to be both a political commentary and detrimental to the people of Alaska. When the ingredients for the s’mores were being taken out of the cabinet, a comment was made that this was being done “in honor of Michele Obama”. In case the audio was not clear those words appeared at the bottom of the screen.

In case there might still be any question in your mind as to how this negatively affects kids in Alaska you should know that 11% of Alaskan high school students are obese, 36% of K-12th grade students in the Anchorage School District (ASD) are above a normal weight. In the state of Alaska, 27% of high school students are overweight or obese and one-third (33%) of children entering kindergarten in Alaska’s largest school district are above a normal weight. Obese children and adolescents are more likely to become obese adults and to develop chronic diseases. Almost 40% of obese children already have at least two cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol. In most cases, as these children age,their health risks will increase in number and severity. Childhood obesity is a public health problem in Alaska. Any film that promotes unhealthy eating for children, or that is a direct attack on the Let’s Move campaign would be per se detrimental to the people of Alaska.

3. CAR SEATS

Accidents are the leading cause of death among children and adolescents. Automobile accidents account for the largest number of these accidents. Use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts use are critical to limiting these deaths. State Farm is the largest insurer of autos in Alaska and in the nation. State Farm has raised its car insurance rates in Alaska due to an increase in automobile accidents. State Farm explains that “car crashes are the leading cause of death and injury to children, but using car-seats appropriately can greatly reduce the risk.

As the Attorney General of Alaska I’m sure you know that Alaska law prohibits a driver from transporting children under age 16 in a motor vehicle unless the child is properly secured according to child passenger safety law. Alaskan law provides specific guidelines for children based upon their weight and age. The Palin family repeatedly appeared in the TLC show with children riding in a motor vehicle who were unrestrained by seat belts or car seats. Sarah Palin even appeared in the passenger front seat without wearing a seat belt.

As you can imagine, people who have learned about these facts are outraged. At a time when state and federal funding has been cut for so many programs, and Sarah Palin promotes the notion that the government should “Get Out of The Way” people of Alaska, and the country, are incredulous that this inappropriate use of tax payer funds has occurred. I implore you to act will all haste and correct this outrageous use of Alaska tax payer resources.

Sincerely, Malia Litman

26 thoughts on “Letter to Alaska Attorney General

Add yours

  1. I honestly think you are wasting your time. This is sarah palin and I don’t think they will do anything to her.
    It is a shame that she benefited from that tax break. Again, she will not be held accountable.

    Like

  2. Malia, you are destroying Alaska’s image of rugged individualists, people who challenge the elements and all types of wild animals. Turns out the whole state is scared into constipation (PC term for s…less) by a crazy lady and her proverbial flying monkeys. Now you’re expecting the guy who oversees the largest meth lab in the world to do his job? Let’s face it, we need is Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone intro whenever we discuss Alaskan politics. This is not America.

    Like

    1. Sarah Palin has a serpent’s heart,
      I am hoping that with the e-mail and mailing address included, that some of the readers of the blog who live in Alaska will send similar letters. Malia

      Like

  3. Malia, I commend you on your tireless efforts here. It’s galling that Sarah Palin seems to get away with so much. The first I was aware of this was when she lied and said that the Branchflower investigation had exonerated her of any wrongdoing. Then she appointed a three-person panel (of her own political appointees, I think) who did exonerate her. Subsequent to that, I read blogs noting and posting pictures of Trig under-dressed for the weather, and not wearing the glasses he needs. Also it seems Piper misses a lot of school traveling with her Mom. If these things are true, she is neglecting those children, especially Trig with his special needs. His inadequate dress and lack of glasses would come under the heading of mandated reporting for any teacher, medical personnel, etc. Yet she experiences no consequences. I think it’s great that someone with your legal expertise is trying to have her held accountable on the issues you note in your letter. More power to you.

    Like

    1. Jude,
      Thanks for your support. Given the history, I’m not sure this will matter, but if I keep trying surely someone will eventually take note. malia

      Like

  4. Malia, you have chutzpah and are a very bright and articulate woman! I admire yout tenacity!!
    I think the above commenter is right, they may pay more attention to Alaskans. Has anyone yet followed your lead? If they don’t respond, what are the options? Perhaps an Alaskan could file a formal complaint or law suit. I’m really disgusted with the lack of response you’ve gotten from this and other matters. These people assume we hate Sarah and they don’t bother to objectively look at the issue. They seem to just write these complaints off. Pretty sad. When you look objectively at the facts, they should not have gotten that money. Are there any local media people who would take this on?
    PS– you know the word chutzpah, right??

    Like

  5. What about that organization CREW or something similar. I was going to offer to help send letters, but I don’t think it would help. You need a group or person of local influence!! They should be polite enough to answer you but Alaska really seems crooked!!!

    Like

  6. You gotta remember that AG Sullivan is a Parnell appointee, which means he is Parnell’s lapdog. Parnell owes Sista Sarah big; there would be no way he would be governor today if it wasn’t for her stepping down from the Gov’s office and letting Parnell in the seat. So, no, your letter, and any other letters written to the AG by Alaskan residents or no, will be “filed” in the floor cabinent under the desk. I will be really surprised if you even get some kind of form response.

    Like

  7. Now after almost a year, I got a letter from Manish Associates, asking me to present myself in Tis Hazari court to discuss about settlement amount which is around 55,000. I called up contact person (Mr. Vikas Sehgal) mentioned in the letter right away. He said, there is nothing legal involved yet and it would be a normal discussion for settlement and we’ll decide further action in case there is no conclusion drawn.

    Like

    1. rogertiveyyc.edublogs.org
      If you leave me a message on the blog, and just mark it “confidential” at the top, I won’t post it, but I’ll get the message! Thanks, Malia

      Like

  8. My coder is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the costs.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on several websites for about a year and am worried about switching to another platform.
    I have heard excellent things about blogengine.net.
    Is there a way I can import all my wordpress posts into it?
    Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

    Like

  9. I’m really impressed together with your writing abilities and also with the layout in your weblog.
    Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Either way stay up the excellent quality writing, it’s uncommon to look a nice blog like this one nowadays..

    Like

    1. Calvin,
      Thanks for visiting, and hope you become a frequent visitor! I try hard to make sure everything I write is either serious and documented, or clearly for fun. Malia

      Like

    1. chineaeop,
      I’m so glad to have you as part of the discussion, and I appreciate your support! I am working had to get documents through a FOIA request, and often post about the efforts of the Secret Service and DHS to obstruct the production of information to which we are entitled!

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: