Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Deficient financial disclosure forms still on Ethics Commission website after two months
by Larry Geller
With all the activity at the Legislature, I missed this two-month anniversary by a couple of days.
On March 1, 2012 I posted an article identifying three recent financial disclosure forms that contain rather obvious omissions that I felt the Ethics Commission should have caught.
On April 4, 2012 I posted a follow-up article pointing out that the erroneous forms are still on the Ethics Commission website, and there are no amended forms posted. As far as I can tell, there has been no action against the three legislators (though obviously, the Ethics Commission would not let me know if they did take action).
It’s now two months later, and there are no amended forms posted on the Ethics Commission website for these legislators.
Here’s a recap of the issue. In alphabetic order:
Rep. Rida T.R. Cabanilla Arakawa’s 2012 financial disclosure apparently fails to disclose income, as required
On Senator Donavan Dela Cruz’s May 19, 2011 filing he simply checked the box indicating no changes to report since last filing. But his last filing was 12/9/10 which showed him as a Councilmember. Oops!
Rep. Scott Nishimoto also just checked the same box. He doesn’t report his House of Representatives job.
Each legislator signs the bottom of the form, which looks like this:
Note that it states that it is a violation of state law if information is not disclosed and that there are statutory penalties for noncompliance.
But so what? There’s clearly no cop on the beat.
I’ll check the Ethics Commission website again next month.
What is that saying? Apathy is the glove into which the Devil slips his hand.... something like that.
I've noticed similar disclosure failings when browsing the State Ethics site. I've just shrugged it off to laziness and lack of anyone else paying any real attention, but thank you for calling some of them out officially.
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