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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

Two informative items about the Carleton Ching nomination

February 25th, 2015 · 5 Comments

Progressive activist Bart Dame has posted a couple of very interesting items this week about the nomination of Carleton Ching to head the Department of Land and Natural Resources. They are worth sharing. First, he posted a graphic distributed by the Building Industry Association attacking the State Historic Preservation Division of DLNR. Until his nomination, […]

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Tags: environment · Legislature · lobbyists · Politics

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

February 24th, 2015 · 3 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

Is State Ethics Commission looking to backpedal on “goodwill lobbying”?

February 18th, 2015 · No Comments

One of the items on the agenda for today’s meeting of the State Ethics Commission is a report by Executive Director Les Kondo, which includes a list of “Projects Under Consideration.” The first item: Reconsidering whether “lobbying,” as defined in HRS section 97-1(7) includes “goodwill” or relationship-building lobbying. There’s no indication of what the proposed […]

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Tags: Ethics · Legislature · lobbyists

Flyers at the capitol highlight lobbyist registration requirement

February 17th, 2015 · No Comments

In the wake of the State Ethics Commission’s investigation of violations of the lobbyist law by the Land Use Research Foundation and its executive director, there’s a new effort at the State Capitol to call additional attention to the requirements of the state’s lobbyist law. New flyers highlighting the requirements for lobbyists to register are […]

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Tags: Ethics · Legislature · lobbyists