The five

May 7th, 2014
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Here are the top five spenders on lobbying during the first portion of this year's legislative session, according to reports filed with the state Ethics Commission.

From January through February:

*Altria Client Services (tobacco): $48,114
*Hawaii Medical Service Association: $30,245
*Chevron USA: $29,000
*Hawaii State Teachers Association: $23,670
*Verizon Wireless: $22,666

Here are the top five for the May through December 2013 reporting period, which covered the special session on gay marriage:

*Equality Hawaii: $509,934
*Turtle Bay Resort: $416,003
*American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii: $336,715
*National Organization for Marriage: $118,969
*Altria Client Services (tobacco): $111,207

The biggest surprise on the list was Turtle Bay Resort, which fought off a condemnation bill during the 2013 session and negotiated with the Abercrombie administration, the city and the Trust for Public Land on a conservation easement to preserve 665 acres.

Turtle Bay also reported spending $105,902 on lobbying from March through April of 2013.

3 Responses to “The five”

  1. kamaaina808:

    No WONDER the $40 mil. deal 'materialized' when it did. Pays to pay it forward in politics, obviously.


  2. Jared:

    Which local lobbyists represented these big corporates?


  3. Especially Incognito:

    "Hawaii's Big Five

    C. Brewer & Co.
    Theo H. Davies & Co.
    Amfac
    Castle & Cooke
    Alexander & Baldwin"

    ....Raising Cane...


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