As we advised back in 2010, Hawaii is among an ever-expanding list of states which have seen their pay-to-play laws challenged on constitutional grounds. Just this week, however, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dismissed those concerns. At issue was Hawaii’s prohibition against campaign contributions by government contractors until “completion of… Continue Reading
Updating our last post, former HI Governor Ben Cayetano advanced to a run-off election in the race for Honolulu mayor over the weekend.
The phenomena of outside groups attacking a political opponent with thinly-veiled allegations that he is corrupt is certainly nothing new. Sliming one’s opponent over the airways with allegations that she awarded government contracts to unworthy major donors draws a collective yawn from our now-jaded electorate.
Hawaii has joined an ever-expanding list of states which have seen their pay-to-play laws challenged on constitutional grounds. The tension between public (and political) desire for transparency versus freedoms of speech and association has been exacerbated by the recent popularity of expanded pay-to-play legislation. Recent decisions have come down both on the side of those… Continue Reading