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Just $700 left of $666K in transition funds

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Senators on the lookout for the Lou and Josh transition fund report - which was not submitted to the legislature. It appears to be a $666,000 glorified slush fund made up of private donations and a possible violation of law committed by the administration.

A review of the documents we received by way of a Freedom of Information Act request show payments made to prominent Lou and Josh supporters like Johnny Cool, Auto Spot, and even the maga'haga getting a check for $4,000.

According to Guam law, the transition committee is supposed to submit a copy of this fund's donations and expenses no later than 30 days from the swearing-in date of the new administration on January 7.

Three months after Lou and Josh were sworn in - no transition fund report submitted to senators. Some senators saying they didn't even know the fund existed - especially since Lou and Josh transition officials neglected to mention the fund during their report to the legislature on February 21.



"I only learned about it through the news when they reported it to us they didn't include any financial documents," Sen. Therese Terlaje said. "So, I would like to take a look at that I don't believe we received that at the legislature.

The fund - according to Adelup officials - were used to buy new carpets, furniture and conduct renovations to Government House and Adelup. A laundry list of donations accepted and purchases made after the $417,000 bill for the inauguration was paid.

Lou and Josh kept taking donations and spending them. After the inauguration, the committee spent $250,000 on catering, computers and a $20,000 check cut to the Bank of Guam. But none of this information made it to the legislature.

"There's a specific requirement in the law that the financials be part of it," Terljae said. 

Meanwhile, Speaker Tina Muna Barnes tells us that the transition hearing on Feb. 21 was recessed and that the trans committee still has an opportunity to submit the report to senators - even if as it stands now, not turning in the report violates Guam law.

"The law says they're supposed to turn it in with the transition report and I understand that because we did the first component of the presentation," she said. "There was still several items that were not completed and we have to have a second hearing to complete the transition committee report." 

But Speaker Barnes seemed to shrug off the fact the fund report was not submitted, basically saying go ask Adelup.

"As far as the transition funds, I would leave that up to and yield up to the administration to share why the report hasn't been provided to the legislature," she said.  "Should the people be confident that the Democratic supermajority will the democrat administration accountable on areas like this, most definitely."

Meanwhile, Adelup comms Director Janela Carrera says of the $666,000 raised, only $700 remains. That money will be deposited in the general fund.

Adelup press secretary Krystal Paco issued a statement saying the trans fund report was submitted - but not to the legislature, like Guam law requires.

"The transition committee expense report was sent to the Department of Revenue and Taxation and the Department of Administration," Paco said. "We realize it was not included in the report to the legislature. This will be corrected prior to the legislature reconvening their oversight of the transition report."

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