By HNL on FireDogLake. Reprinted with permission.
Fred Malek was one of the original – and worst – Dirty Tricksters of the Nixon era:
He worked in the Nixon administration to root out civil servants and replace them with Nixon supporters. He was specifically tasked with politicizing departments of the government and handing out illegal political patronage. He claimed that a “Jewish cabal” was undermining Nixon at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and hunted them down by looking for people with “Jewish-sounding names” and driving them out of their jobs. Read more ›
Previously we talked about Karen Chun’s complaint against the Hawaii Carpenters Market Recovery Fund (HCMRF) noncandidate committee which is the sole donor to the superPAC, Forward Progress. Forward Progress has been spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to defeat neighbor island council candidates who are in favor of good planning and who want to regulate GMOs and pesticides.
HCMRF has hidden its donors by filing contribution disclosures indicating that it has donated the money to itself.
A second complaint against Forward Progress which concerned lack of candidate names will be dismissed as the names were listed but apparently a system problem produced the blank column.
The complaint against HCMRF (Forward Progress’s sole donor) will be heard on Wednesday, Oct 22 at 10am, Conference room 204, 235 S. Beretania St, Honolulu. The agenda also includes two complaints by Gov. Ben Cayatano against Pacific Resources Partnership (PRP), the precursor PAC to Forward Progress and also one of HCMRF’s superPACs. Read more ›
The Grassroot Institute, a 501(c)3, was founded in 2001 by Libertarian Dick Rowland. It’s goals include advocating for individual liberty, free markets and limited government. According to Civil Beat, it is a member of the State Policy Network, a national group that opposes unions and promotes “free market” philosophy. Perennial OHA candidate Kelii Akina is president and CEO.
The stated goals of the organization are to prevent federal recognition of the Hawaiian nation and to repeal the Jones Act. In fact they quote a conservative Heritage Foundation piece calling Hawaiian recognition “Balkanization”. Read more ›
With just two and a half weeks to go and mail-in voting well underway, the National Republican Congressional Committee has decided to concentrate on five seats. One of them is Hawaii’s congressional district 1 where Mark Takai (D) is facing Teapartier Charles Djou.
Two conservative groups say they’ll spend $3.2 million targeting Democrat-held congressional seats. American Action says it will put $300,000 into ads against Mark Takai (D). Look for things to go heavily negative on Hawai’i TV soon. Read more ›
Allen West, the former congressman and Fox News commentator known for wacko statements and crazy Teaparty extremism, may endorse and support Hawaii’s congressional aspirant, Charles Djou (R). Ironically Djou is running away from his right-wing views, backpedaling on his anti-gay, anti-choice stances and trying to make voters in blue Hawaii forget he’s a Republican. Read more ›
On Oct 10, 2014 International Transformation Network (ITN) and its local affiliate Transformation Hawaii are holding a “Night of Inspiration” for Duke Aiona and Elwin Ahu, Republican candidates for Hawai’i Governor and Lt. Governor. You may recall that this is the organization which brought the “kill the gays” law to Uganda. Read more ›
The Maui Fair, a family tradition since 1916, became an object of controversy this week when a PAC trying to derail the GMO Moratorium citizens initiative broke its booth and parade contract and created a political display. Those supporting the voter initiative which will be on the ballot November 4th, played by the rules and had stripped their booth and float of any politicking. Read more ›
In our last article on the superPAC Forward Progress we were attempting to trace the ultimate source of their money. Forward Progress has pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into local council races on the Big Island and Maui.
According to the Campaign Spending Committee, Forward Progress’ donor, Hawaii Carpenters Recovery Market Fund told them their funding comes from developers and construction companies. Despite the name “Carpenters”, the money does not come from union membership dues but rather the companies which employ carpenters. Read more ›
Hey, wait a minute! The bluer than blue state of Hawai’i has Republican anti-gay New Hope pastor Elwin Ahu and Duke Aiona virtually tied with the Democratic candidates, David Ige and Shan Tsutsui?
Yikes! Read more ›
In a typically cozy Hawai’i fashion, the Hawai’i Campaign Commission has given the Hawaii Carpenters Market Recovery Program Fund a pass on disclosing where its contributions come from. According to state law noncandidate committees are required to disclose the source of their contributions and are not allowed any anonymous contributions
But the Hawaii Carpenters Market Recovery Program Fund is apparently exempt from state law. If you look at their disclosure of contributions, all the contributions come from…themselves. How does a noncandidate committee fund itself? Are they printing money? Does it materialize out of thin air? Read more ›