ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In response to a public records request, the state has released thousands of e-mails involving the role former Gov. Sarah Palin's husband, "First Dude" Todd Palin, played in her administration.
During Palin's term, some in Juneau referred to Todd as the "shadow governor." Throughout her stint as governor, Palin's spouse was active in state business -- but the e-mails show just how much influence he had on policy in the Palin administration.
Nearly 3,000 pages of e-mails involving Todd Palin were recently released by the state, in response to a September 2008 public records request by NBC News and MSNBC. State law specifies that staff should respond to requests within 10 days, but because there were thousands of messages to go through, the state took much longer.
E-mails were exchanged between Todd Palin and state officials covering countless areas of state government and politics. They reveal that he was involved with a judicial appointment, and he monitored contract negotiations with public employee unions.