Kevin Dayton has a good story in today’s Star-Advertiser regarding criticisms levied at Gov. David Ige’s administration (“Quiet leadership draws criticism“).
It raises a question: Just who is Gov. Ige listening to? Who does he rely on for advice? If the usual suspects are complaining, then who’s in that inner circle?
Following the money, in this case, doesn’t really provide answers.
As of June 30, 2016, the last public report available, Ige reported raising a total of just $188,841.30 since he was elected in November 2014.
And only 13 contributors had donated more than $1,200. At the top of Ige’s donor list, as of June 30, were the Island Insurance Pac and Abigail Kawananakoa, each giving the maximum of $6,000. Attorney Richard Turbin followed at $4,000, and the Ironworkers for Better Government Pac gave $3,000.
Also contributing more than $2,000 were ILWU Local 142 Pac; attorney Gordon Arakaki, an Ige campaign insider; Mary Alice Evans, an Ige appointee and deputy director of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; HSTA, the public school teachers union; Hawaii Airlines’ Committee for Better Hawaii Pac, Lanai Resorts LLC, and Bill Mills, chairman of The Mills Group.
Click here to see the list of all donors to the governor in 2015-2016.