Thursday, April 09, 2015


Civil Beat catches Sen. J. Kalani English fundraiser during session

by Larry Geller

It used to be so lonely here at Disappeared News. I was the only one posting articles when a legislator held a fundraiser during the session, for example.

Now, I can give that up entirely. It’s no longer “disappeared news” since Civil Beat is identifying these legislators.

See Chad Blair’s story: Sen. English Holds Campaign Fundraiser During Session (Civil Beat, 4/9/2015).

Senator English represents Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Kaho‘olawe, and asked $250 to be with him at the Oahu Country Club last night.

How posh!  How many of his Maui constituents were able to attend, I wonder?

But of course, lobbyists and other special interest representatives would have no trouble in coughing up that much moola for access to the senator.

Some of them may have bills pending that he may be called to vote upon.That’s one of the problems with holding fundraisers during session: it’s called ethics, in the common usage of the term (there’s nothing illegal about holding fundraisers during the session or asking for whatever donation the legislator thinks the market will bear).

And as Blair observed, Senator English isn’t even up for re-election until 2018.


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