Key portion of an on-the-fly interview by Adreinne LaFrance with a Honolulu rail delegation in D.C., published as part of her Civil Beat story on Thursday.
Civil Beat, catching up with man walking ahead of the group: Hi, sir. I’m Adrienne LaFrance with Civil Beat. What’s your name?
Dennis Dwyer: My name is Dennis Dwyer.
Civil Beat: Can you tell me about what your role is here?
Dwyer: I can’t because my contract says you have to talk to the city about it.
Civil Beat: Is it a lobbying thing?
Dwyer: Sort of. More advisory than that.
Hey, this guy Dwyer has quite a sense of humor! “Sort of” a lobbying thing. Funny.
Check the record. Infraconsult LLC, Honolulu’s designated project manager for the rail project, hired the D.C. lobbying firm of Williams & Jensen in April 2008 to press for federal funding, according to Senate lobbying records. The person registered to act as Williams & Jensen’s lobbyist for Infraconsult? Denis Dwyer.
Since 2008, Williams & Jensen has been paid a total of $840,000 in lobbying fees by Infraconsult for Dwyer’s services. He’s currently being paid $80,000 every three months. The total will reach $1 million by the end of this year.
The U.S.Senate’s lobbying database discloses the following annual fees paid to Dwyer for representing Honolulu’s rail:
Actually, though, the whole interaction with Dwyer wasn’t funny, it was disturbing. I would have expected a professional like Dwyer to act professionally in a situation like this. It appears he was taking his cues from the mayor instead.
I wonder if the contract between Infraconsult, as a contractor for the city, and Williams & Jensen, for rail lobbying would be considered a public document?
A 1995 OIP opinion determined that records of a state contractor were technically controlled by the state agency that issued the contract, and therefore had to be considered government records, but the opinion rested on the facts of the contract relationship between the department and the contractor.
Do you suppose it will make interesting reading?