Gara Calls On Dunleavy Campaign To Reimburse State, Not Use Public Money As His Campaign Piggy Bank.
Anchorage, AK — Today former Representative Les Gara called on the Governor to reimburse the state for a $50,000 contract given to a current campaign staffer.
“The Governor is using public money as a personal campaign piggy bank,” said Gara, a former Alaska Assistant Attorney General who is running for Governor. “Candidate Dunleavy should return the public money spent on this contract immediately, either personally or from his campaign. And this campaign worker should be barred from doing more work on the public’s dime.”
“There is no valid reason for this contract when the Attorney General’s Office can research laws to determine whether the federal government is acting legally or illegally,” said Gara, a former Assistant Attorney General who worked on the State’s civil prosecution of Exxon following the catastrophic Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.
“The purpose of this contract isn’t to do legal analysis, because that’s what the Department of Law does at no additional cost to the state. This contract simply misuses public money to pay an active Dunleavy campaign worker to come up with “cases” and soundbites the Governor can use to get press coverage for his re-election campaign,” said Gara.