Maryland's budget: How much is CASA getting?
We get a lot of questions in the comment section when discussing budget matters about how much Casa of Maryland is getting from the state. (The organization's mission is to help immigrants regardless of their legal status. Many people see this as helping people break the nation's immigration laws, though, certainly, others see it differently.) Anyway, it will take quite some time to figure out how much of the new, fiscal 2010 budget proposal would go to that organization. But thanks to a handy new tool from the state, we can figure out exactly how much it got in the 2008 budget.
Created as a result of a "Google government" bill passed last year, the tool allows you to check how much state money is going to any vendor in the state, and from what agency. It's modeled after a federal website (which actually provides a good bit more information than its state counterpart, and was created through legislation co-sponsored by then-Sen. Barack Obama, along with Republican Tom Coburn of Oklahoma). In any case, if you want to search for Casa, go to the website, click on "vendor receiving a payment" and type in Casa of Maryland. (Note there are other organizations called CASA Inc., CASA of Caroline and CASA of Baltimore, which, so far as I can tell, are versions of Court Appointed Special Advocates and have nothing to do with the immigration group.)
So, all told, Casa of Maryland got $70,850 from the Department of Housing and Community Development. (By comparison, The Sun got $873,527.63 from 46 different agencies.)