Friday, November 19, 2010


At least let’s have some transparency in a corrupt government

by Larry Geller

Common Cause is asking for support to urge Congress to pass the DISCLOSE Act.

Bob Edgar, president and CEO of Common Cause, asks in a broadcast email:

Our Senators have a choice to make:

   ...between Wall Street and Main Street.
   ...between secrecy and sunshine.
   ...between special interest-owned elections and voter-owned elections.
   ...between hedge fund billionaires and everyday citizens like you and me.

So let's ask them: Whose side are they on?

Bob, I think we already know the answer to that question.

Nevertheless, at least we should demand to know which trough our representatives are feeding at. So Edgar’s request for support for the DISCLOSE Act is important.

Transparency in American elections is crucial to a healthy democracy. Without it, citizens have no way of knowing which special interests are trying to influence our decisions as we cast our votes for those who will represent us.

Tell your Senators to pass the DISCLOSE Act into law before the end of the year!

Edgar includes this postscript:

P.S.  Click here for more information about the DISCLOSE Act.  Also check out this new report from our friends at Public Citizen --  Disclosure Eclipse: Nearly Half of Outside Groups Kept Donors Secret in 2010; Top 10 Groups Revealed Sources of Only One in Four Dollars Spent.

See also the website of Common Cause Hawaii to keep in touch with local activity, and get some great good government tweets at @commoncausehi.



Speaking of disclosure, can we get info on the persons under consideration to take Mollway's job at the State Ethics Commission or is that a secret process?

Yup, it has been a secret process. This past week, two secret (executive session) meetings were held on two successive days, so perhaps an announcement is imminent.

I requested copies of previous executive session meetings and will request up to the current time, but of course they have not turned those over. It will depend on whether OIP is willing to intervene.

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