Monday, June 8, 2015

Rail Lobbyists in Honolulu

Antiquated Law Spares Rail Lobbyists in Honolulu Ethics Scandal,
From Hawaii Free Press. (going after the truth)

CB: ...Lobbyists are afforded a pass even when the commission does find wrongdoing. The commission doesn’t publicly release the names of lobbyists when an investigation is completed.

"You can con some of the people all of the time. and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot con all of the people all the time."
Who said that?

In both the Cachola and Garcia cases, the Ethics Commission withheld the names of lobbyists to encourage openness during the investigations. Even though the commission subpoenaed expense reports from the lobbyists, the commission found that identifying them would have a “chilling effect on witness cooperation for future cases.”

 The beautiful Articulated Bus. With enough of these we could've had
it made in the shade, but millions and millions of dollars in
profits are more important than the people.

Totto says this is important to ensure that lobbyists cooperate with commission investigations without fear of reprisal from the people they get paid to influence .... Cachola helped shine a light on the shadowy lobbying world when he got caught accepting dozens of unlawful gifts over a six-year span from lobbyists who had business before the city. The former councilman said he wasn’t alone, and he pointed the finger at several of his colleagues who he said had accepted perks from lobbyists.

The beautiful Business Park in Kapolei, vetoed by the Present Rail Party.
The Fat Cats in Downtown Honolulu want the money.
And "I coulda got home in 20 minutes."

Cachola named names, too. He said he accepted gifts from representatives of James Campbell Co., its development arm, Aina Nui Corp., and the Pacific Resource Partnership, a labor group that spent millions of dollars to help pro-rail candidates get elected, most notably Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

The lobbyists Cachola outed included Mike Kido, David Rae, Steve Kelly and Cameron Nekota. According to documents provided by Cachola, they spent nearly $10,000 wining and dining council members and their spouses from 2006 to 2012.