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.