Despite what he calls her “recasting as an anti-earmark champion,” Ben Smith writes in Politico that Sarah Palin has consistently sought millions in such funds for her home state of Alaska. But while "every self-respecting mayor and governor in America seeks federal dollars for local projects," many of Palin's are "exactly the sort that McCain has made a career of mocking—like animal research."
“We’re not going to spend $3 million of your tax dollars to study the DNA of bears in Montana,” McCain has said. But here's what Palin's requests include:
- $3.2 million to research the genetics of harbor seals.
- $400,000 for a program to respond to the threat of invasive species in Alaska.
- $494,900 to assess the Alaskan recreational halibut harvest.
- $2 million to test the productivity and sustainability of Bering Sea crabs.