The state legislature awarded Kids Voting Alaska $15,000. Maida Buckley, the executive director, contacted Representative Scott Kawasaki, a true supporter of the program, about possible funding. Working with his staff, she created a proposal that was introduced into committee, passed out of committee and then approved by the legislature. Alaska Governor, Sean Parnell, threatened to veto much of the proposed legislation. On behalf of the Kids Voting Alaska board, Ms. Buckley wrote the Governor’s office and had several key, local people write urging the Governor to approve this relatively small appropriation. The veto was avoided and Kids Voting Alaska was awarded $15,000.