Political Radar


June 27th, 2014

State Sen. David Ige has called on Gov. Neil Abercrombie not to veto a bill that would make public the financial disclosure statements of members of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents and other state boards and commission.

Ige, who is challenging Abercrombie in the Democratic primary, issued a press release on Thursday. On Friday, the Pearl City Democrat followed up with a fundraising pitch:

I'm disappointed to hear that the governor is considering vetoing Senate Bill 2682, which would require the governor's appointments to more than a dozen key state boards to disclose their financial interests.

I was proud to vote for this legislation, as were all of my colleagues in the Senate and House. Not a single member of the Legislature opposed this bill. As I mentioned in my press release yesterday, the Legislature listened to the many citizens who want a more open government, and I call on the governor to do the same.

I'm proud of the support I've received from residents all across Hawai'i. I believe a transparent government is best for all of us.

If you agree, please pitch in $5 to our campaign to make sure we can have the open government Hawai'i deserves.

5 Responses to “Open”

  1. Especially Incognito:

    lingle did behind closed doors.

  2. tommui:

    While the Regents (and other Commissioners, Boards etc.) are serving without compensation and is voluntary and part of their civic service to the State or City, a disclosure of their financial interest does give a clue as to how they would act/vote.

    However, to ask for a campaign contribution because they voted in a certain way?

  3. kamaaina808:

    The politicians who send me their emails all ask for contributions, so nothing new here. Doesn't mean I have to send - but hey, doesn't hurt to ask, either.

  4. Ella:

    Lately, in the community, people are getting so bombarded by campaign donation solicitations, they are unable to differentiate between those made by people who have control over the decisions made by agencies, and those who don't. Legislators tend not to have control over permits and agency approvals being granted for instance. But, the Governor's Administration and Governor usually do. So, when the Governor personally solicits campaign donations, is that like soliciting a bribe?

  5. Especially Incognito:

    By donating, aka (bribe), you get to pull the strings of the candidate.

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