The Anchorage Daily News asked candidates in statewide elections their views on a variety of issues. We're posting their responses between now and Election Day. See each candidate's full list of answers by clicking on their mug shot in the right column.
Question: Will you vote for federal legislation containing earmarks? Will you propose the inclusion of earmarks for Alaska in federal appropriations bills?
I oppose earmarks but if other states continue to use them, Alaska should get its fair share.
On ballot by petition as no-party candidate, registered as (founding member) Veterans Party of Alaska
Pork "earmarks" are not needed in Alaska if ANWR were opened and our pipeline filled with ANWR oil. That would bring Alaska far more money that pork.
Fredrick "David" Haase
It's easy to condemn earmarks but not so easy to fund local projects. What about the idea of the federal government deeding all the land it owns (other than what the constitution says it can own), to the state and the various governments with in a state. With the locals owing the land they would not need to come begging to the federal government, when that happens earmarks will be history for good.
I would vote for federal legislation that contains earmarks and will fight for earmarks that secure important federal investment in Alaska's infrastructure. "Earmark" has become a dirty word in national politics, but we in Alaska know how important it is that we get our fair share of federal investment, just like every other state did in their youth. My opponents opposition to earmarks and record of voting against Alaska earmarks threatens Alaska's economy.
Yes, I will vote for federal legislation that contains earmarks, but will not support specific earmarks unless they have gone through an appropriate vetting process.
I am fully supportive of earmarks obtained through an open and transparent process as Congress has a constitutional responsibility regarding federal spending. Earmarks have supported Alaskan priorities such as the Denali Commission, countless health clinics and harbor construction projects, and the many improvements at our state's military bases. Alaskans know our priorities better than a Washington bureaucrat.
Earmarks can be an effective way of meeting grassroots needs. Problems arise when they are used to benefit special interests or in exchange for donations or favors. For any earmark it must be clear who is asking for the funds, how the money will be spent and that it is for the public good.
I have always been vocal in my use of an open and honest earmark process and post every project requested on my website. Earmarks are the way members can take care of their district's needs and priorities. Earmarks are Congress' way to direct a federal agency to fund and execute priorities that citizens have sought, members of Congress have considered and approved, and the president has enacted.