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Bill moving to add more disclosure of funding for independent expenditure committees

February 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Campaign Spending Commission presented some interesting data in its testimony on SB1344, which would require additional disclosure about contributions to “independent expenditure committees,” the groups that can accept unlimited amounts from donors, including corporations and unions, in the post-Citizens United world. The bill moved out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with amendments, although the […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Legislature · Politics

Just in time: A new tool to “follow the money” at the legislature

February 24th, 2015 · 4 Comments

The National Institute on Money in State Politics has produced an amazing new tool for tracking campaign contributions that may impact legislative decisions. They call the database “My Legislature.” It’s available for all 50 states. You can go directly to the Hawaii data for the 2015 legislative session, start at the beginning and choose a […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Legislature · Politics · Sunshine

A curious fact about the governor’s controversial Land Board nominee

January 24th, 2015 · 22 Comments

I don’t know Carleton Ching, Governor David Ige’s controversial nominee to head the Department of Land and Natural Resources, but here’s one very interesting factoid about him. He did not contribute to Ige’s campaign. In fact, he didn’t contribute to any candidates. Not last year, or in any recent year. Despite being a lobbyist for […]

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Tags: Campaigns · environment · Politics

NextEra politics, Kealoha poll, and PAR workshops on the Big Island

December 8th, 2014 · 6 Comments

The proposed takeover of Hawaiian Electric Industries by Florida-based NextEra is likely to result in the loss of many well-paid positions within the local utility as the company is integrated into the much larger mainland energy conglomerate. This might include outside consultants and lawyers who HEI has relied on in the past. But there’s another […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Energy · Politics

Aiona campaign wraps up its business early

November 13th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Republican Duke Aiona’s campaign committee did a very, very unusual thing last week. The committee submitted its general election report to the Campaign Spending Commission covering the final election period (October 21 through November 4) on November 7, just three days after the election and nearly a month before the December 4 filing deadline. The […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Elections · Politics