Some question state lawmaker's role in Ewa cemetery moneyUPDATED 11:30 AM HST May 02, 2014Video Transcript
Eyebrows are being raised over $100,000 earmarked for the Ewa Historical Society----a non-profit that Representative Rida Cabanilla controls. The controversy centers around the upkeep for this Ewa cemetary which is why Cabanilla says she sought the funds. The Ewa lawmaker and her staff are listed as officers. But Cabanilla says she did not hide anything and she plans to distance herself from the group. - 36: 22 36:33- "I DON'T BELIEVE I VIOLATED ANY LAW. THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST COMES WHEN YOU GET PAID. I NEVER WAS PAID I DO NOT INTEND TO GET PAID AND NEITHER ARE MY STAFF. WE PUT THE NAMES THERE FOR STRUCTURE" - BUTT 36:55-37:00- "I HOPE THE HOOPLA ABOUT THIS NON-PROFIT DOES NOT DETER THE RELEASE OF THEAT MONEY BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY NEEDS THAT MONEY House leaders say the Attorney General is looking into the matter and assure that no money will be dispersed until the Budget office completes its due diligence AND gives its approval that everything is above board. The non-profit had its 501-C-3 status revoked last year, but Cabanilla says she has verification the non-profit is in good standing.