The Hawaiʻi

State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse

Information Related to Hawaiʻi's November 6, 2018 State Constitutional Convention Referendum

Report Due Dates

 

First Report Due October 1, 2018 (for the period ending September 26)

No reported expenditures by a ballot issue committee.

There was only one registered committee, Preserve Our Hawaii, devoted to the constitutional convention referendum.  It had no reported receipts or expenditures. Preserve Our Hawaii is headed by Karlie Asato whose title has been Legislative Support Staff for the Hawaii Government Employees Association.

There was only one registered committee, United Public Workers, that reported expenditures on the constitutional convention referendum. It reported a $9,000 expenditure to Fuel Communications for education. Its total reported expenditures for the period were $96,512.36. The Hawaii State Teachers Association, traditionally Hawaii’s leading convention opponent, is a long-time client of Fuel Communications.

For a news report on the first report that covers the constitutional convention referendum, see Eagle, Nathan, Chamber Of Commerce Pours $600K Into Fighting School-Funding Measure, Civil Beat, October 1, 2018.

 

Second Report Due October 29, 2018 (for the period ending October 22)

This report is not currently available.

 

Third Report Due November 5, 2018 (for the period ending November 2)

This report is not currently available. Given that this information isn’t reported until the evening before the last day of the election, the press won’t report on it until election day at the earliest. Given the intense competition for news coverage on that date, the last two weeks of campaign expenditures, including media buys, are likely to remain effectively secret.

Data Source: State of Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission.  See

Other Issues

 

Ineffective Campaign Finance Enforcement Law

“When the super PACs run afoul of campaign spending laws, the fines are usually small and never enough to discourage unions, special interest groups and individuals from making use of the opportunities to gain influence by spending unlimited amounts of money on elections.”

— Fawcett, Denby, Has Carpenters Union Lost Some Of Its Political Muscle?,
Civil Beat, August 14, 2018

Cocke, Sophie, More than 80 candidates fined for campaign finance violations, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, September 13, 2018.

Fawcett, Denby, Has Carpenters Union Lost Some Of Its Political Muscle?, Civil Beat, August 14, 2018

Marcel, Honore, State Fines Pro-Hanabusa Super PAC $3,000, Civil Beat, August 3, 2018. Summary: $150,000+ in illegal campaign ad spending results in $3,000 fine one day before the final balloting date after 63% of Hawaii voters had already voted.  Early voting ran from July 30 to August 9, ending two days before the August 11 election.

Marcel, Honore, Do New Pro-Hanabusa Ads Violate State Campaign Rules?, Civil Beat, August 3, 2018.

Other Civil Beat reporting on campaign finance can be found here.

 

Ineffective Campaign Finance Disclosure Law

Voters Need To Know Sooner Who’s Paying To Influence Them, Civil Beat, October 4, 2018.

 

State of Hawaii Office of Elections

August 11, 2018 Primary Election Results

 

 

 

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