As the cynical perversion of the golden rule goes, he who has the gold rules. Let's hope that's not true in the case of Mitt Romney. According to a report in Truth-out.org:
[Romney] his brother, wife and son, have a straight-line financial interest in the voting machines that that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio and elsewhere.
Something's kinky there.... and also, it seems, with the county auditor's office. The County Council just posted notice of a special executive session meeting Nov. 9 to receive a briefing from the attorney who is investigating “personnel matters involving the County Auditor's office, and related matters. This briefing and consultation is to consider the hire, evaluation, dismissal, or discipline of an officer or employee or of charges brought against the officer or employee.” Hmmm.....
And then there's the ongoing kinkiness in the Office of Prosecuting Attorney, with a recent records request confirming that over the past three months, Prosecutor Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho has handed out $145,768 in pay raises to seven staffers, six of whom have actively supported her campaign. Some of these raises put green attorneys at the same pay scale as seasoned prosecutors.
Here's the breakdown, showing their salary in August, their current pay, and the total amount of their raise:
Jared Auna: $85,000 – $101,066 = $16,066
Charley Foster: $70,000 — $101,066 = $31,066
Lance Kobashigawa: $80,000 — $95,000 = $15,000
Kai Lawrence: $70,000 — $80,000 = $10,000
Gary Nelson: $70,000 — $101,066 = $31,066
Henry Ross: $75,000 — $95,000 = $20,000
Kerrileen “Nani” Lizama: $32,430 —$55,000 = $22,570
According to Shay's campaign contribution reports, Auna gave her $110; Nelson donated $280, Ross gave $220, Kobashigawa gave $300; Foster offered up his blog, and Lizama is her campaign treasurer. No record is shown of Lawrence supporting her campaign.
Interestingly, Rep. Derek Kawakami shows up as the only politician who has contributed to Shay's campaign, to the tune of $150. Maybe, since he claims not to read my blog, he's not aware of all her shaynanigans. Of course, she did help his family when the big box store bill went to the Council....
Shay also got a whopping $4,000 from SHOPO, the cop's union that endorsed her after she formed a political alliance with Police Chief Darryl Perry, as well as $200 from Bryson Ponce, the SHOPO agent.
Records also show YWCA Director Renae Hamilton, whose agency gets funding from the OPA, gave Shay $200. And Jasper Properties — as in JJ's — gave her $500. Btw, have you seen the letter Jett Jasper is sending out on behalf of Linda Lingle? A friend sent it along, with his comment scrawled on the document. Yeah, it seems the big issue for Jett in this Senate race is restoring night games, with Lingle apparently ready to take on the Endangered Species Act.
Since I'm here at the campaign filing website, let's take a look at contributions received by the other candidates. I'll link you to their home page, and you can look more deeply if you're interested.
We'll start with Justin Kollar, Shay's opponent. He got $600 from his boss, County Attorney Al Castillo, and $1,000 from HGEA, which endorsed him. Planning Director Mike Dahilig gave him $350.
In the Council race, Tim Bynum was the only candidate who didn't get any special interest money. His largest contributor was financial planner Loren Kayfetz, who gave $2,000.
Nadine Nakamura got some construction union contributions, as well as $1,000 from A&B and smaller contributions from other developers.
Jay Furfaro got $500 from Princeville developer Jeff Stone, $2,000 from A&B, $250 from Grove Farm's Warren Haruki and significant contributions from construction unions.
JoAnn Yukimura got $300 from the ILWU and lots of little contributions from regular folks.
Mel Rapozo got $1,120 from SHOPO, $200 from Sen. Ron Kouchi, $100 from Shay and some construction union/PAC contributions.
KipuKai Kualii got $2,000 from an operating engineers PAC, $100 from first deputy prosecutor Jake Delaplane and a lot of small grassroots donations.
Dickie Chang got $1,000 from Earthworks Pacific, $1,000 from A&B, some construction industry PAC money, $500 from auto dealer Charlie King, $200 from Al Castillo, $200 from former Mayor Maryanne Kusaka, $200 from Rep. Jimmy Tokioka and $100 from JoAnn Yukimura.
Gary Hooser got $500 from SHOPO and $300 from UPW, and a lot of small to medium contributions from the common folk.
And newbie Ross Kagawa got $1,000 from the IBEW PAC, $500 from HGEA, $500 from A&B and a slew of small contributions, though none from his former boss, Maryanne Kusaka.
Regarding the OHA elections, here's a link to an article I did on some of the other folks running for the at-large seat, where Walter Ritte and Haunani Apoliona are the front runners. Locally, my choice for the Kauai OHA race is Leland "Radar" Yadao, who has formed an alliance with Ritte.