28 Oct 2008

CNMI still mum on lawsuit funding

2:42 pm on 28 October 2008

The administration in the Northern Marianas still refuses to disclose how it is funding its lawsuit against the U.S. government over the new immigration law.

This comes as a representative, Tina Sablan, accused the administration of misleading the public into believing that no public funds have been used so far on the lawsuit.

She says these funds are not the governor's personal funds but are from the taxpayer who should have every right to know how tax dollars are being spent.

But the acting Attorney General, Gregory Baka, has replied to say that the government transparency law does not cover the requested records and information concerning the funding sources for the lawsuit.

Tina Sablan, in return, says the request for information was not made to Mr Baka but to the governor, Benigno Fitial.