By Derrick DePledge
Twice now this month, at the Oahu Democrats convention and at the Democratic Party's state convention on Saturday, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has decried the influence of money in politics.
On Saturday at the Sheraton Waikiki, Abercrombie held up a newspaper story about the Republican National Committee's complaint to force federal election officials to allow the GOP to raise unlimited amounts of money from individual donors.
“What we’re gathered here today to do is to say, `No,’" the governor told delegates. "All of us individually and collectively are going to stand up against those who think that they can buy elections, that they can buy our votes, and buy our values.”
Yet Abercrombie has been on a torrid fundraising pace, despite the fact that his primary opponent, state Sen. David Ige, has struggled to raise money.
On Friday, for example, the night before the convention, Abercrombie appeared at a fundraiser in Kakaako with some of the state's top real estate and development interests.