Image: Sarah Palin and her husband Todd
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Nearly 3,000 pages of e-mails that the first gentleman, Todd Palin,  exchanged with state officials draw a picture of his influence on policy in the Sarah Palin administration. Other e-mails are still being withheld by the state of Alaska.
Investigative reporter Bill Dedman of
By Bill Dedman Investigative reporter
updated 7/2/2010 4:23:21 PM ET 2010-07-02T20:23:21

Officially he was the first gentleman of Alaska. More people called him the "first dude." But newly released e-mails show that Todd Palin was busy doing more than snow machine driving and salmon fishing during Sarah Palin's two and a half years as governor and vice presidential candidate.

Nearly 3,000 pages of e-mails that Todd Palin exchanged with state officials, which were released to and NBC News by the state of Alaska under its public records law, draw a picture of a Palin administration where the governor's husband got involved in a judicial appointment, monitored contract negotiationswith public employee unions, received background checkson a corporate CEO, added his approval or disapprovalto state board appointments and passed financial informationmarked "confidential" from his oil company employer to a state attorney.

You can read all those e-mails in's searchable online archive, created in cooperation with a legal services company, Crivella West. We're still going through the documents, and invite readers at to search for themselves, connect the dots with public issues, and While 1,200 separate e-mails were released this week, 243 others were withheld by the state under a claim that executive privilege extends to Todd Palin as an unpaid adviser to the with your own analysis.

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