August 29, 2015

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Sean Parnell was paid $10,000 per month to “improve coordination, collaboration, and communication between Republican state elected officials and House Republicans.”

ANCHORAGE: On the day that a judge appointed by former Governor Sean Parnell turned back a wasteful GOP lawsuit aimed at stopping Medicaid expansion, a report in Politico revealed that the US House Republicans spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars in "consulting fees" to Parnell.

House Republicans sought Parnell’s assistance in stopping the implementation of the Affordable Care Act leading up to the King v. Burwell case. Along with today’s Medicaid decision, King v. Burwell was also decided against Parnell’s political stance.

According to the Politico story, Parnell was hired to call governors and hold meetings before the King v. Burwell case. These meetings and phone calls cost taxpayers more than $26,000 dollars ($20,000 consulting fee and $6,000 for travel).

“It appears that former governor Parnell has had success in finding new ways to waste taxpayer money,” said Mike Wenstrup chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.