First Dude

Emails Reveal Todd Palin’s Role

MSNBC has obtained thousands of pages of emails from Alaska that show Todd Palin was deeply involved in the state’s governance while his wife was governor. He was involved in a judicial appointment, monitored contract negotiations with public-employee unions, read over background checks on a corporate CEO, voiced his opinions on state-board appointments, and passed confidential financial information from his oil-company employer to a state attorney, among other things. 243 emails remain confidential, and they cover topics that include how to reply to “media questions about Todd Palin’s work and potential conflict of interests”; other emails are heavily redacted. One email shows that Palin coached her staff on how to disguise the amount of electrical work needed to install a tanning bed in her mansion.