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Hawaii government sector lobbying

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Taxpayer-funded lobbying is government to government lobbying. Counties, cities, school districts, public facilities, and associations of public employees frequently use public funds to influence legislation and appropriations at the state and federal levels.

This practice is controversial because public funds are spent to lobby for an agenda not subject to direct approval by voters, and outcomes may be contrary to taxpayers' benefit.

According to the Hawaii Ethics Committee reports, three government agencies have registered lobbyists and have reported lobbying expenditures for 2009:[1][2]

Government agency Amount Lobbyists
County of Hawaii $0 1
County of Maui, Office of the Mayor $0 1

Registered v. unregistered lobbyists

Honolulu Mayor Billy Kenoi takes "frequent" lobbying trips to the state Capitol, but he is not registered as a lobbyist with the Hawaii State Ethics Commission.[3] The county of Honolulu also signed a $50,000 five-month contract in 2010 with consultant Okudara & Associates Inc.[4]

When the County of Hawaii was considering hiring a lobbyist in 2005 (the county has a registered lobbyist for 2010 with the Hawaii State Ethics Commission[3]) would monitor bills of interest to keep county employees informed and make arrangements for local officials to testify in Honolulu. The lobbyist could also deliver testimony on the county's behalf.[5] Before the county had a contract lobbyist, Deputy Corporation Counsel attorney Bobby Jean Leithead-Todd performed similar functions to what the lobbyist would be hired to do.[5]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations

The following is a list of Hawaii government sector lobbying associations by type:


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