Political Radar


May 23rd, 2014

The state Ethics Commission has closed a complaint filed against state Rep. Rida Cabanilla over her role in obtaining a $100,000 grant for the Ewa Historical Society.

In a letter Tuesday, Leslie Kondo, the commission's executive director, said the commission accepted Cabanilla's assurances that she, her son, and her legislative staff did not receive any compensation related to their work for the society and would not receive any of the money if the grant is released by Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

Lawmakers are generally exempt from the conflict of interest provisions of the ethics law, but are covered under the fair treatment section and are prohibited from representing or assisting businesses for a fee before the Legislature.

3 Responses to “Closed”

  1. Guido Sarducci:

    Rida Cabanilla. Again.

  2. Eric Ryan:

    Nothing wrong? That's a pretty funny conclusion to reach. Hmm, let's see. Taxpayer-funded government employees at the State Capitol were taking home government salaries (i.e. being compensated) for spending time on the clock doing "work for the society". The answer is right under the nose of ethics watchdogs. The so-called 'fair treatment' portion the state ethics law clearly prohibits directing taxpayer resources to a private entity. Maybe Cabanilla's legislative did not receive ADDITIONAL compensation (on top of their government salaries), but taxpayer dollars were certainly and illegally used to pay Cabanilla's staff to sit at their desks at the state capitol working for the PRIVATE benefit of Cabanilla's private organization. Again, the answer is right under our noses. Perhaps Mr. Kondo wishes to permit an environment in which government employees can do work OTHER than what they are supposed to be doing. Perhaps Mr. Kondo's decision gives permission for all 76 legislators to use their staffs for just about anything under the sun, despite the clear prohibitions in our ethics laws. This is obscene.

  3. Especially Incognito:

    And Fox Media comments in Hawaii

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