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===Ballot Issue Committee===
 
===Ballot Issue Committee===
  
Hawaii defines non-candidate committees in support or opposition of a ballot issue as a Ballot Issue Committee<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0191.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'' "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute §11-191, Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.
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Hawaii defines non-candidate committees in support or opposition of a ballot issue as a Ballot Issue Committee<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0191.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'', "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute §11-191, Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.
  
 
===Statement of Organization===
 
===Statement of Organization===
  
All Ballot Issue Committees are required to file a Statement of Organization within ten days of making expenditures or receiving contributions of $1,000. If a committee is formed in the last 30 days of the election, a Statement of Organization must be filed within two days of reaching the $1,000 threshold<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0194.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'' "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute §11-194(d), Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.
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All Ballot Issue Committees are required to file a Statement of Organization within ten days of making expenditures or receiving contributions of $1,000. If a committee is formed in the last 30 days of the election, a Statement of Organization must be filed within two days of reaching the $1,000 threshold<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0194.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'', "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute §11-194(d), Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.
  
 
==Campaign finance requirements==
 
==Campaign finance requirements==
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===Anonymous contributions===
 
===Anonymous contributions===
  
Hawaii bars Ballot Issue Committees from accepting anonymous contributions<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0201.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'' "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute §11-201(a), Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.  All anonymous contributions must be returned to the contributor if the committee can identify the donor or return it to the Hawaii Election Campaign Fund<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0201.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'' "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute §11-201(b), Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.
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Hawaii bars Ballot Issue Committees from accepting anonymous contributions<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0201.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'', "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute §11-201(a), Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.  All anonymous contributions must be returned to the contributor if the committee can identify the donor or return it to the Hawaii Election Campaign Fund<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0201.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'', "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute §11-201(b), Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.
  
 
===Contribution limits===
 
===Contribution limits===
  
There are no contribution limits on Ballot Issue Committees in Hawaii<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0204.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'' "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute §11-204(k), Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.
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There are no contribution limits on Ballot Issue Committees in Hawaii<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0204.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'', "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute §11-204(k), Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.
  
 
===Contributions by contractors===
 
===Contributions by contractors===
  
Hawaii bans contractors engaged in business with state and local governments from donating to Ballot Issue Committees<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0205_0005.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'' "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute §11-205.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.
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Hawaii bans contractors engaged in business with state and local governments from donating to Ballot Issue Committees<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0205_0005.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'', "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute §11-205.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.
  
 
===Loan bans===
 
===Loan bans===
  
Hawaii bans non-candidate committees including Ballot Issue Committees from accepting loans<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0205_0006.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'' "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute §11-11-205.6(d), Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.
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Hawaii bans non-candidate committees including Ballot Issue Committees from accepting loans<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0205_0006.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'', "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute §11-11-205.6(d), Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.
  
 
==Reporting requirements and reports==
 
==Reporting requirements and reports==
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===Preliminary report===
 
===Preliminary report===
  
Each Ballot Issue Committee in Hawaii must file a preliminary report.  The report covers activity from when a Ballot Issues Committee was first formed until ten days before an election regardless when a ballot issued is scheduled on the ballot.  The report is due ten days before the election<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0212.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'' "Hawaii Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11-212(b), Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.
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Each Ballot Issue Committee in Hawaii must file a preliminary report.  The report covers activity from when a Ballot Issues Committee was first formed until ten days before an election regardless when a ballot issued is scheduled on the ballot.  The report is due ten days before the election<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0212.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'', "Hawaii Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11-212(b), Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.
  
 
===Final report===
 
===Final report===
  
The final report is the post-election report for ballot issue committees.  The report covers all activity from nine days before the election up to the day of the election<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0213.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'' "Hawaii Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11-213(d), Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.  The report is due 30 days after the election.
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The final report is the post-election report for ballot issue committees.  The report covers all activity from nine days before the election up to the day of the election<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0213.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'', "Hawaii Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11-213(d), Hawaii Revised Statutes)</ref>.  The report is due 30 days after the election.
  
 
==Campaign advertising restrictions==
 
==Campaign advertising restrictions==
  
All campaign advertisements must include the name and address of who paid for the ad<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0215.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'' "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statutes 11-215(a))</ref>. Hawaii has a "stand by your ad" provision requiring a Ballot Issue Committee to approve all advertising issued by the campaign<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0215.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'' "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statutes 11-215(b))</ref>.
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All campaign advertisements must include the name and address of who paid for the ad<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0215.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'', "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statutes 11-215(a))</ref>. Hawaii has a "stand by your ad" provision requiring a Ballot Issue Committee to approve all advertising issued by the campaign<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0215.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'', "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statutes 11-215(b))</ref>.
  
 
==Terminating a committee==
 
==Terminating a committee==
  
Hawaii allows non-candidate committees including ballot issue committees to terminate their registration when they have their debts settled and surplus expended<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0213.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'' "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statutes 11-213(e))</ref>.
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Hawaii allows non-candidate committees including ballot issue committees to terminate their registration when they have their debts settled and surplus expended<ref>[http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0011/HRS_0011-0213.htm ''Hawaii Legislature'', "Hawaii Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statutes 11-213(e))</ref>.
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==

Latest revision as of 08:10, 7 May 2014

Campaign finance requirements for Hawaii ballot measures are promulgated by the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission.

The Campaign Spending Commission is responsible for all administrative and reporting functions of Hawaii's campaign finance laws. The Commission maintains an online disclosure database tracking the contributions and spending of groups registered in Hawaii to support or defeat a ballot issue.

If someone feels a person or committee violated Hawaii campaign finance laws, the first step is to file a complaint with the Campaign Spending Commission. All complaints are investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General[1].

General requirements

Ballot Issue Committee

Hawaii defines non-candidate committees in support or opposition of a ballot issue as a Ballot Issue Committee[2].

Statement of Organization

All Ballot Issue Committees are required to file a Statement of Organization within ten days of making expenditures or receiving contributions of $1,000. If a committee is formed in the last 30 days of the election, a Statement of Organization must be filed within two days of reaching the $1,000 threshold[3].

Campaign finance requirements

Anonymous contributions

Hawaii bars Ballot Issue Committees from accepting anonymous contributions[4]. All anonymous contributions must be returned to the contributor if the committee can identify the donor or return it to the Hawaii Election Campaign Fund[5].

Contribution limits

There are no contribution limits on Ballot Issue Committees in Hawaii[6].

Contributions by contractors

Hawaii bans contractors engaged in business with state and local governments from donating to Ballot Issue Committees[7].

Loan bans

Hawaii bans non-candidate committees including Ballot Issue Committees from accepting loans[8].

Reporting requirements and reports

Preliminary report

Each Ballot Issue Committee in Hawaii must file a preliminary report. The report covers activity from when a Ballot Issues Committee was first formed until ten days before an election regardless when a ballot issued is scheduled on the ballot. The report is due ten days before the election[9].

Final report

The final report is the post-election report for ballot issue committees. The report covers all activity from nine days before the election up to the day of the election[10]. The report is due 30 days after the election.

Campaign advertising restrictions

All campaign advertisements must include the name and address of who paid for the ad[11]. Hawaii has a "stand by your ad" provision requiring a Ballot Issue Committee to approve all advertising issued by the campaign[12].

Terminating a committee

Hawaii allows non-candidate committees including ballot issue committees to terminate their registration when they have their debts settled and surplus expended[13].

External links

References

  1. [Confirmed via email with Hawaii Attorney General's Office on May 20, 2010]
  2. Hawaii Legislature, "Hawaii Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statute §11-191, Hawaii Revised Statutes)
  3. Hawaii Legislature, "Hawaii Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statute §11-194(d), Hawaii Revised Statutes)
  4. Hawaii Legislature, "Hawaii Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statute §11-201(a), Hawaii Revised Statutes)
  5. Hawaii Legislature, "Hawaii Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statute §11-201(b), Hawaii Revised Statutes)
  6. Hawaii Legislature, "Hawaii Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statute §11-204(k), Hawaii Revised Statutes)
  7. Hawaii Legislature, "Hawaii Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statute §11-205.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes)
  8. Hawaii Legislature, "Hawaii Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statute §11-11-205.6(d), Hawaii Revised Statutes)
  9. Hawaii Legislature, "Hawaii Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 11-212(b), Hawaii Revised Statutes)
  10. Hawaii Legislature, "Hawaii Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 11-213(d), Hawaii Revised Statutes)
  11. Hawaii Legislature, "Hawaii Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statutes 11-215(a))
  12. Hawaii Legislature, "Hawaii Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statutes 11-215(b))
  13. Hawaii Legislature, "Hawaii Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statutes 11-213(e))