The body to whom he was declaring this has already looked into the matter and found that the strings to which soon-to-be-ex Gov. Sarah Palin and soon-to-be Gov. Sean Parnell are referring, don't exist. That didn't seem to faze Campbell, who still feels comfortable parroting Pain propaganda that is better designed to assuage the myth-laden beliefs of the Tea Party, the Alaska Independence Party and far-right GOP members, than to focus upon the future, and upon the needs of Alaskans to build more energy-efficient structures whenever and wherever possible.
Campbell went on to say, as quoted by Anchorage Daily News reporter, Sean Cockerham, that "I do consider that when the federal government offers money and then says, 'but you have to now implement programs that the citizens of Alaska may not want to do,' they are bribing you towards a program." Campbell has spent his adult life using Federal funds in very strictly specified programs, in their application to state programs. He should know a string when it is attached.
Back on July 10, when asked by Alaska Public Radio Network's Lori Townsend about state acceptance of the vetoed Federal energy stimulus package funds, Parnell was quoted thusly:
Parnell is quoted by APRN's Lori Townsend as stating "he prefers lawmakers consider options to the Federal offer of $28 million. He says he agrees with Gov. Palin's stance against accepting the money, and he doesn't understand why the legislature is willing to put Alaska 'under the thumb' of the Federal Government:
"[Parnell] While legislators may be less concerned about that, I am, uh, I am concerned that local communities not have the opportunity to set their own building energy codes. This thing that, uh, thing that, uh, you know, many areas of our state are currently comply, and thinking that that's grounds to make every area of the state comply into the future, even when the building energy code changes, uh, nationally and internationally, not set here in our state, I think that's, I think that's short-sighted to get out of [unintelligible]..."
Townsend goes on in her report to state, "If legislators decide to vote to override the veto, Parnell will have the authority to continue to act on his belief, as Governor, he will be able to refuse to spend the money, even with legislative direction, and will not necessarily order the paperwork to receive the Federal funds. Those actions are outside of the legislature's control."
In Townsend's report, Parnell goes on to suggest the legislature "make its own appropriation of $28 million in State money, avoiding any risk of Federal involvement. However, that subject has not come up in any talks with members."
The only "strings attached" I can see in the statements of these two men are the apron strings attaching them to Sarah Palin.