Election-Gate Rolling On

















DPS supervisors have been accused of violating election law by campaigning
for Covenant candidate Joseph Camacho on government time. DPS personnel have also been accused of setting up tables and preparing food for the campaign event while on the clock. (Photo from Camacho for Congress facebook page showing campaign event at Garapan Roundhouse)

October 6, 2010

Allegations of  Camacho campaign irregularities keep on coming.  One would think that with the Hatch Act Violation complaints, formal complaints to the Office of the Public Auditor asking for an investigation, and all of the publicity suggesting that government offices are using government equipment and time to campaign for Camacho, that the campaign would start following election law.  Apparently, Covenant Party members and supporters consider themselves above the law. It appears that the Fitial Administration and Covenant Party are thumbing their noses at the law and CNMI residents.

The Marianas Variety reports that controversial Deputy Commissioner Abrosio Ogumoro told DPS personnel to bring food to the Camacho campaign event held at Garapan Beach:
The source said Ogumoro instructed police supervisors during the 1:30 p.m. command staff meeting on Monday “to put out food” for the “meet and greet” gathering of former Rep. Joseph James Norita Camacho held on Tuesday night at the Garapan Roundhouse.

Camacho is the ruling Covenant Party’s candidate for U.S. delegate and has been endorsed by the governor.

The source said Ogumoro instructed police supervisors “to talk to their men.”

...“It’s really disturbing and unacceptable that the deputy commissioner would be injecting politics, especially in this time of government shutdown,” the source said.

The source said the command staff meeting is usually held on Tuesday, but Ogumoro this week scheduled it for Monday.

The source said Ogumoro used official time when he told police supervisors about the “meet and greet” party for Camacho.

“Ogumoro did not only violate ethics but also used police supervisors — who are first line civil service employees — to influence their subordinates to prepare food for the event,” the source said.

Another source said DPS personnel delivered tables, cut fish and helped in the preparation of the gathering while on the clock.
What does Camacho have to say about this and the allegations of illegal election activities lodged against the OAG and other Fitial Administration departments and cabinet members?  Anything?

Meanwhile AG Edward Buckingham, who was accused of violating the Hatch Act and other improprieties, has hired private attorney Anthony Long to defend him. The Saipan Tribune reported:
A lawyer disclosed to Saipan Tribune that Buckingham has tapped attorney Anthony Long to defend him in the allegations.

The lawyer said Buckingham used taxpayers' money to pay Long's legal representation.

Asked about the issue, Buckingham yesterday confirmed that he indeed retained Long to serve as his counsel effective Sept. 17, 2010.

Buckingham said Long will represent him as AG in connection with the Camacho issue and related issues.

“He (Long) is engaged pursuant to a contract with the Commonwealth,” the AG said.
All of the Covenant games are costing taxpayers money. The bankrupt government is now paying for a private attorney for the AG. How much will election-gate cost the CNMI?

More photos from Camacho for Congress facebook page (click to enlarge):










7 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is undoubtedly the most corrupt administration in the history of the CNMI. The local people's silence proves Edmund Burke was right when he said "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." What happened to the Chamorro to make them so complacent? Are they going to just sit back and drink beer, or will they finally get tired of being robbed and take their government back from the crooks?

"Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites, — in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity, — in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption, — in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves."--Edmund Burke

Anonymous said...

Ogumoro doing something dishonest. Say it ain't so!!
This place defies all logic. I would appreciate it if they would at least TRY to cover up all of the corruption. But that energy and forthought. And look where that got the former Lt. Governor Villagomez. No, better to just be up front so when they they start making "allegations" you can just say " What, I'm not being sneaky. I thought it was OK. nevermind"
Why don't we just change the name of the island from "Saipan" to "Alleged" and get on with it.

Anonymous said...

Isn't that Ralph Yumul in one of the photos?

Wendy said...

Anonymous 11:26

Yes

Anonymous said...

http://www.osc.gov/haFilingComplaint.htm

Anyone who wants to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice can use the link above.

Wendy said...

Just some information for filling out the Hatch Act complaint form. Yes, the DPS receives federal funding:

http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=97357

Specifically, federal funds are being used to hire police officers: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=92317

It is beyond time that the people of the CNMI start paying their share of federal taxes. I used to lobby for federal funds for CUC and needed projects in the CNMI. No more! If nothing else, this administration has shown me that I am being robbed of any of my hard-earned tax dollars that go to the CNMI - waste, corruption, unneeded trips, election violations, consultants, lobbyists, nepotism, political hires and on and on. Why should US taxpayers contribute to the salaries and gas for guards to escort a prisoner to give the governor a massage? To salaries of the people who exchanged a vote for a job? Are we seriously going to fund the CNMI's corruption? You want it, you vote for it, you pay for it.

Maybe because the people of the CNMI do not pay federal taxes, they have no cares about waste, corruption, and how the money is spent. Who would actually vote for some of these characters who lack integrity and honor? A speaker who "needs money" so he insists that the leadership's expense accounts are raised from $76,000 to $400,000 when the CNMI is bankrupt? Then when it looks like the proposal will be denied he whines that he will step down as speaker to work part time because he needs money. Who does this? There are no current leaders in the CNMI that I trust with my tax dollars.

Is it true that 6 administrators from PSS just took a trip to California to attend a 2-day conference that became a 5-day trip to Disney World? That on Sunday 6-7 MPLT Board members are taking a week-long trip to the Philippines? When the government is bankrupt? If Judge Munson can appear via tele-conferencing the criminals Tim, James and Joaquina Santos can. Or maybe our federal tax dollars are paying for a family reunion?

People of the CNNI need to pay their share of federal taxes. This is my project of the month. You abuse a privilege, it gets taken away. I want an audit of all ARRA funds also.

Anonymous said...

The Commonwealth is required to “maintain, as a matter of public record, the name and address of each person receiving such a rebate, together with the amount of the rebate, and the year for which such rebate was made.” 48 U.S.C. § 1843(c). See also Olopai v. Guerrero, Civ. No. 93-0002, 1993 WL 384960 (D.N.M.I. Sept. 24, 1993) (private right of action to enforce statute).  

Is the CNMI Department of Finance still maintaining the rebate list as a public record? If so, why isn't the press publishing this annually?

P.S. Thank you for everything you do to promote civility in public discourse.