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Government responds to Commonwealth Secretary General campaign spending criticisms

The Government is pushing back this morning against the criticism being received over its spending for the campaign for the post of Commonwealth Secretary General.

Minister with Responsibility for Information Robert Morgan, is maintaining that the government acted transparently and is prepared to share more information as proof.

There has been a strong response from the public since the Office of the Prime Minister revealed that the campaign cost the government 18 point 2 million dollars.

In the latest RJRGLEANER Don Anderson poll, 42 percent of Jamaicans believed it was not money well spent.

One of the big questions being asked is the issue of private donations made to the campaign.

The Opposition PNP has called for full disclosure of the US$100,000 contract entered by unknown persons with US public relations agency, Finn Partners, to execute PR activities for the campaign.

But Mr. Morgan asserts that this demand is puzzling.

He responded to the issue yesterday on Beyond The Headlines.

Mr. Morgan has lashed out at some of the criticism about the private funding issue suggesting that it's unfair.

"To put the onus on the government to get involved in a private relationship between two private companies who have declared their interest is highly inappropriate," he said. 

Mr. Morgan is also seeking to assure the country that the government is prepared to make even more disclosures on the spending related to the campaign.