The Obama-Biden campaign claims Governor Palin favored the so-called “Bridge to Nowhere” before she opposed it. The facts don’t support that claim. As it happens, one of her first acts as Governor was to cancel the critical state matching for the briget.
According to the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), most of the work to secure the funds for the bridge was done by her predecessor, Frank Murkowski. CCAGW is the organization that watches for and documents Congressional earmarks. Their “Pig Book” is the definitive source for documenting government waste.
In response to Governor Palin’s claims that she turned the money back, and counter claims by the Democrats, CCAGW issued a researched press release detailing the facts. It shows that then-Governor Frank Murkowski added $91M for the bridge in his FY07 budget as Alaska’s match to the federal funding. A candidate for governor at the time, Sarah Palin “expressed a mixture of support and doubt about the bridge, particularly about how the project would be funded.” In fact, upon her election, the revised 2007 budget she submitted (January 17, 2007) had no money for the bridge. On July 17, 2007, Palin’s Alaska officially abandoned the project. In her statement, she said Ketchikan desires a better way to reach the airport, but the $398 million bridge is not the answer.”
It’s clear, when you read the facts, that Sarah Palin had doubts about the project from the beginning, and was instrumental in turning back the money for such a wasteful expense.
p.s. While the bill was being debated in Congress, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) tried to pull $75M from the project to rebuild the Twin Spans Bridge in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Senators Biden (D-Del.) and Obama (D-Ill.) both voted against the amendment, choosing instead to keep funding the bridge.