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Conflicts can lurk among undisclosed clients

July 8th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Here’s one of those areas where the state’s ethics law falls short. State officials file personal financial disclosures every year, the same disclosure requirement that was recently extended to a number of the most important boards and commissions. The first item required to be disclosed are sources of income. Here’s what the law says [Section […]

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Tags: Ethics · lobbyists · Politics · Sunshine

Conference negotiations on “Democracy bills” set for this afternoon

April 17th, 2014 · No Comments

A series of “democracy” bills identified by the public interest lobby, Common Cause Hawaii, will be considered this afternoon by a House-Senate conference committee in room 325 at the State Capitol. A legislative alert from CCH provided the following bill digest, including the organization’s positions on each bill. BILL DIGEST Below is a digest of […]

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Tags: Elections · Legislature · lobbyists · Politics · Sunshine

State Ethics Commission beefs up online access to lobbyist info, financial disclosures, & other data

April 16th, 2014 · No Comments

The State Ethics Commission has significantly expanded online public access to various disclosure reports filed with the commission by lobbyists, organizations that hire lobbyists, as well as elected and appointed public officials. The much improved access arrived without fanfare as part of the commission’s redesigned website. I’m just exploring the extent of the improvements! The […]

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Tags: Ethics · lobbyists · Sunshine

Restrictions on lobbyist contributions and disclosure of bundled contributions

February 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Here are a few additional items relevant to the issue of campaign fundraising by lobbyists. First, there are several states, including California, which prohibit campaign contributions by lobbyists. There are additional states that prohibit lobbyist contributions while the legislature is in session. Hawaii law does not restrict contributions by lobbyists. This information is from a […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Legislature · lobbyists

Lobbyists take on fundraising duties

February 21st, 2014 · 4 Comments

My column over at Civil Beat this week looks at the practice of lobbyists stepping up to take charge of fundraising events for legislators (“Hawaii Monitor: Lobbyists Test Another Path to Influence“). Here’s my lede: The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii pulled off a little-noticed coup by the time this year’s legislative session was barely […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Elections · lobbyists · Politics