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

April 16th, 2014 · No Comments · Ethics, lobbyists, Sunshine

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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Restrictions on lobbyist contributions and disclosure of bundled contributions

February 22nd, 2014 · No Comments · Campaigns, Legislature, lobbyists

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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Lobbyists take on fundraising duties

February 21st, 2014 · 4 Comments · Campaigns, Elections, lobbyists, Politics

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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Kauai poised to finally require lobbyist registration and disclosure

January 10th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Aging & dementia, lobbyists, Politics

Six months ago, in July 2013, my weekly column at Civil Beat pointed to Kauai County’s failure to regulate lobbyists (“Hawaii Monitor: Kauai’s Free Range Lobbyists“). But on Wednesday, the Kauai County Council’s Committee of the Whole voted unanimously in favor of a bill to regulate lobbyists. It is now scheduled for a final vote […]

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Correction: Legislators told it was illegal to accept those gift DVDs

December 6th, 2013 · No Comments · Ethics, Legislature, lobbyists

I made a mistake. Yes, it happens. The error crept into my Civil Beat column this week when I overlooked the asymmetrical nature of the gift provisions in the state’s ethics law. While writing the column, I refreshed my memory of the ethics issues by looking at the “resolution of charge” in the matter that […]

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