Alaska Democrats blasted Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on Friday for refusing federal stimulus funds, saying the decision was solely motivated by her national political ambitions.

Late Thursday, Palin announced that Alaska would not accept almost $288 million of the approximately $930 million in federal stimulus funds that were allotted to the state. Among the funds that Palin is refusing is about $160 million for education.

Patti Higgins, the chair of the Alaska Democratic Party, told reporters on a conference call that Palin

Higgins went on to say she believed Palin