The Washington Post is reporting that Palin "began building her clout in her state's political circles in part by serving as a director of an independent political group organized by…Stevens."
But wait, there's more: Just before Stevens was indicted in July of this year, the Post notes, she held a joint news conference with Stevens "to make clear she had not abandoned him politically."
And she owed him some loyalty: "Stevens had been helpful to Palin during her run for governor, swooping in with a last minute endorsement. And the two filmed a campaign commercial together to highlight Stevens' endorsement of Palin during the 2006 race."
Palin is the gift that keeps on giving. Billed as a fresh, corruption-fighting GOP leader, Palin's looking more and more like an ambitious Alaska Republican crony, cozying up to power when it would get her ahead.