December Unit Meetings
Public Access Room (PAR) Workshops (Suzanne Marinelli)
Membership (Donna Oba)
Quarterly Membership Meeting - January 23, 2010 (Sue Dursin)
Act 244 Hawaii County ... Campaign Finanace Project (Sue Dursin & Sue Irvine)
Hawaii Ed Fund (Helen Hemmes & Sue Irvine)
LWV Treasurer's Report 10/17/2009
Act 244 Hawaii County Council Comprehensive Campaign Finanace Pilot Project
On November 5th, Barbara Wong, Executive Director of the Hawaii State Campaign Spending Commission, came to Hilo to present a public workshop on implementation of the pilot project for comprehensive public funding of Hawaii County Council races. Sue Dursin rose at 4 am to join Sue Irvine at the sessions. We attended with about 25 citizens including council members Enriques, Ford, Ikeda, Onishi, and a few staff from the County Clerk’s office.
Few potential candidates other than incumbents attended the workshop. A few more may have attended repeats of the session, but there was no publicity for these events locally (other than Sue Dursin’s calendar posts) and they were not listed on the County website calendar. Video explanations of Act 244 are now available at the Campaign Spending Commission’s website.
The Hawaii Elections Project, with funding from the LWV of Honolulu Education Fund, is presently seeking to hire an independent entity to monitor implementation of Act 244 as the State provided no money to monitor outcomes.
Sue Irvine and Sue Dursin have the following list of concerns as implementation of Act 244 proceeds:
Aside from the above concerns, we were pleased to hear Barbara Wong, who also went on public record opposing Act 244, promise good support for candidates trying to qualify for comprehensive public funding. She stressed that candidates should continue checking the Campaign Spending Commission website for updates, where it appears good software should help file all campaign spending reports.
We look forward to the independent analysis of Act 244, although we have been somewhat concerned that, with the planning all based in Honolulu, knowledgeable people in Hawaii County need to be consulted – people such as lawyer Chris Yuen, and political scientists at UHH.
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