Frank Bailey, author of 'Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin,' paid his $11,900 fine after an activist protested his ability to publish the e-mails.
The request for thousands of Sarah Palin e-mails, many from her personal account, came just as many Alaskans were growing concerned about the then-governor's ethics. Some 24,000 of those e-mails are being released Friday.
The raft of ethics complaints against Palin has lawmakers mulling changes to the law, and Palin herself still needs to report a 'garage full' of gifts.
It's a tiny fraction of the state's operating budget, but Palin supporters insist the cost weighed heavily on the soon-to-be-ex-governor.
Many Alaskans seem more upset with the McCain campaign's tactics during the ethics probe than with the governor.