Pathetic pandering to the far-left base of the Democratic party.

(The Hill) — A Democratic member of Congress said Tuesday that former Gov. Sarah Palin (R) may have received preferential treatment from the National Park Service during her bus tour of the East Coast.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) wrote a letter to Jonathan Jarvis, the director of the National Park Service, expressing concern that the agency’s resources “were made available to the extent beyond that which an average American family would receive,” especially considering that the stops at historical sites on Palin’s tour provided her with “personal and political benefits.”

“I am writing with serious concerns about the use of federal resources in conjunction with the ‘One Nation’ partisan political tour conducted by former Gov. Sarah Palin through SarahPAC,” he wrote.

Blumenauer is one of the first members of Congress to officially raise questions about the propriety of Palin’s bus tour, which took her to sites like the National Archives, the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty over the past couple of weeks.

The congressman suggested that Palin’s private tours at the Archives and at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in northern Virginia. He also cited reports that the Park Service had to “spend additional time” preparing for Palin’s visits at other sites.

“I respectfully request that you provide a written explanation of the Park Service’s policies on the use of taxpayer-funded resources for publicity events, as well as an accounting of Park Service resources that have been utilized by the ‘One Nation’ tour,” he wrote.