PRP and its successor organization, Forward Progress (both bankrolled by the Carpenters Union slush fund, Hawaii Carpenters Recovery Market Fund, are yet again the subject of allegations for dirty dealings and illegal actions.
Maui County Councilmember Elle Cochran filed a complaint today with the Campaign Spending Commission against Pacific Resource Partnership (“PRP”), Forward Progress, and former Maui County Council candidate Butch Ka’ala Buenconsejo. The complaint alleges that Forward Progress and Buenconsejo engaged in illegal campaign coordination during the 2014 election year. It further alleges that Forward Progress made unauthorized expenditures and contributions to Buenconsejo’s campaign. The complaint seeks to have fines imposed upon PRP/Forward Progress and its responsible individual directors in an amount three times the illegal expenditures made to Buenconsejo. It further seeks to ban PRP from organizing or operating as a Super PAC under any name in the State of Hawai‘i.