Pork In Lipstick

An MSNBC.com investigative report illuminates Sarah Palin’s personal crusade against earmarks as Mayor of Wasilla.

In a monthly status report to the city on March 7, 2000, newly hired “City Lobbyist” Steve Silver describes how the Palin administration had requested $6.6 million in federal earmarks for water and sewer improvements for Wasilla, and another $1 million for police equipment. Mayor Palin reviewed and signed the lobbyist’s report, dated April 5, 2000…

…Steve Silver, the Wasilla lobbyist, is a former top staffer for Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who now is under federal indictment for allegedly failing to disclose thousands of dollars in services he received from a company that helped renovate his Alaska home…

…In the lobbying documents, Silver also encourages Palin and other city officials to visit Washington, D.C….As the Alaska papers have reported, Palin took him up on the invitation and began making regular D.C. trips. “It was about being face to face with those who were actually writing the budget,” Palin told the Anchorage Daily News in 2006…

In response, the McCain campaign argued…

“She was working within the system that was set up.”

Well said.

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Like A Community Organizer Only Your Fuck Ups Count

When Sarah Palin said “a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities,” she must have been referring to when she ignored land titling procedures to run up a tab of no less than $1.3 million paid for by the 9,600 taxpayers of Wasilla.