ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business. The charges included costs for hotel and commercial flights for three daughters to join Palin to watch their father in a snowmobile race, and a trip to New York, where the governor attended a five-hour conference and stayed with 17-year-old Bristol for five days and four nights in a luxury hotel. In all, Palin has charged the state $21,012 for her three daughters' 64 one-way and 12 round-trip commercial flights since she took office in December 2006. In some other cases, she has charged the state for hotel rooms for the girls. Alaska law does not address expenses for a governor's children. The law allows expense payment for anyone conducting official state business. Palin charged Alaska for her children's travel -- baltimoresun.com I can predict with ease what some of you are about to say and my pre-emptive answer is threefold: one, it would absolutely still be in the news if it were Biden. Two, it's NOT Biden, it's Palin. Three, it's a legitimate story, not sleaze, because it appears on the face it it that she has defrauded the government while campaigning on a platform of reform and an anti-corruption record. Okay, now go ahead and defend this. Tomorrow we'll talk about her $150,000 shopping spree at Saks and Neiman-Marcus for hockey mom clothes and jewelry.