War of words between Dems, GOP as election nears

The Alaska Republican Party is accusing House Democrats of wanting to take Alaskans’ Permanent Fund Dividends to pay for more government.

Democrats call the ad misleading and a scare tactic in the waning days of an election. State GOP Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich says it’s a response to Democrats seeking to tie an oil tax cut to endangering the dividend.

The ad focuses on comments from retiring state Rep. Mike Doogan. Doogan proposed a budget amendment earlier this year to move $2 billion to the permanent fund, to make it harder for lawmakers to access and spend it.

In a news conference, Doogan spoke about using permanent fund money for government costs when the budget crashes, and doing away with the dividend.

House Democrats have distanced themselves from Doogan’s comments.