Chair Rhoads, Vice Chair Har, and Members of the Committee on Judiciary:
The League of Women Voters of Hawaii supports SB 31 (SSCR490) which:
“Separates noncandidate committee contributions that are required to be disclosed and
filed in preliminary, final, and supplemental noncandidate committee reports into
contributions received and contributions made. Amends the January deadline for filing
supplemental noncandidate committee reports.”
Today, “money talks” is no longer a metaphor, and free speech means even
corporate persons have the right to spend “whatever it takes” -- however many millions or
billions -- to influence outcomes of elections and the laws of our land.
Until the Citizens United Supreme Court decision is overturned, we humans need
whatever laws it takes to increase transparency of campaign contributions and
expenditures. We ask that you allow us to see the faces behind the voices which, during
election time, will saturate the media and specifically target the undecided “low-information
voters” (as they are called by campaign strategists).
We urge you to PASS this bill. Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony.