Lobbyville

October 11th, 2013
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Two state lawmakers have complained about anonymous fliers urging constituents to contact them on gay marriage.

House Vice Speaker John Mizuno and Rep. Linda Ichiyama have told Hawaii News Now they are frustrated by the fliers, which they claim include false statements about the impacts of gay marriage.  Common Cause Hawaii was also critical of the anonymous messages, which make some debateable arguments about gay marriage but are not libelous or particularly inflammatory. Hawaii News Now has identified a local church as the source.

Anonymous political speech is at the heart of the First Amendment.

State campaign-finance law sets disclosure requirements on election-related messages, restrictions that are under frequent challenge because of the potential conflict with free speech. There are no similar disclosure requirements in the state ethics law on grassroots lobbying messages like the fliers targeting Mizuno and Ichiyama.

Anyone who spends $750 or more on lobbying in a six-month period, however, must file spending statements with the Ethics Commission. The next reports are due on January 31, well after this month's special session on gay marriage.

Individuals or groups that fail to file spending statements could face administrative fines.

Leslie Kondo, the commission's executive director, said that, under the law, the commission must show that the failure to file was wilful, and not simply an oversight or mistake.

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2 Responses to “Lobbyville”

  1. Kolea:

    How did they get in the mailboxes? First rule of canvassing, it is against the law to open someone else's mailbox without permission. But, hey, when you are doing the Work of the Lord, it is OK to break federal laws, conceal your identity and tell lies.

    After all, Leviticus tells us it is an abomination for two men to lay with each other. Next week, we will break into people's mailboxes to extract credit card information to finance more of God's work, printing up glossy flyers attacking people for wearing clothing composed of two different materials, for touching pigskin and eating pork. It will take a lot of money to launch our lobbying effort to pass a law allowing us to practice our religious freedom to honor Our Lord by stoning people for working on the Sabbath. The Bible commands us to do so. People MUST stop intruding on our religious freedom!

    (I almost forgot our most precious religious freedom: the right to fund our religious activities by stealing from the struggling public school system, routinely under-reporting the hours we use their facilities and electricity. Heck, this freedom alone is worth millions of dollars!).


  2. Especially Incognito:

    The maker of these flyers are the ones crying the most.
    They blame the other.

    Two cent news.


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