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Former Palin aide fined for using emails in memoir

The emails got us inside Sarah Palin’s mind but they also got Frank Bailey, her former aide, in trouble with Alaska’s state attorney general.

Bailey, who signed on early to Palin’s campaign for Alaska governor then wrote a revealing memoir, became a subject of an attorney general’s investigation for his use of private emails between Palin and him in the writing of his book.

Now he faces an $11,900 fine for violating state ethics laws, according to the Anchorage Daily News. The attorney general’s office ruled it was improper for Bailey to keep, disseminate and profit from the emails he exchanged with her while in her administration.

The Associated Press reported that Bailey agreed to pay the fine because two items were left in the book against his best efforts to have them removed.

In his book, “Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin,” Bailey chronicled how he started out as a true-believer in the Palin mystique then became disillusioned. “I am convinced,” Bailey wrote, “that her priorities and per­son­al­ity are not only ill suited to head a political party or occupy national office, but would lead to a disaster of, well, biblical proportions.”

Now, something of a memoir disaster has washed up on Frank Bailey’s shores.

Steven Levingston is the nonfiction editor of The Washington Post. He is author of “Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris” (Doubleday, 2014) and “The Kennedy Baby: The Loss that Transformed JFK” (Washington Post eBook, 2013).

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