On Sept. 11, 2008, when Sarah Palin was being deluged with inquiries by national reporters curious about the then-vice presidential candidate’s record as Alaska governor, Palin was preparing for an unspecified interview.
One of her staffers, Michael Nizich, wanted to make sure she was ready to answer questions about her per-diem payments from the state in case it came up. Questions had come in an email from a Washington Post reporter, who wanted to know about the per-diem payments she received from the state while staying in her Wasilla residence between Dec. 4, 2006 and June 30, 2008.
The reporter asked: Was the per diem “the same type paid to state employees for the purpose of covering lodging/meals/incidentals incurred while working away from home on state business?”
Also, asked the reporter, “Does the state consider the per diem paid to the governor to be taxable income?”
The subject line of Nizich’s email: “Just some info we have used to counter comments on the per diem in case in comes up in your interview.”