Hannemann still dogged by Pittsburgh

Now that the Campaign Spending Commission has ruled on the infractions involved in Mufi Hannemann’s Pittsburgh fundraiser, fining the campaign $225 and a campaign worker $100, I’m still having trouble getting too bothered by what the commission said were relatively minor paperwork violations.

While traveling to Washington on city business, the former mayor took a side trip to Pittsburgh for a campaign fundraiser sponsored by a rail consultant, with donations of $500 to $5,000 suggested.

His public schedule was unclear, campaign officials seemed confused and required notifications weren’t filed with the Campaign Spending Commission. Hannemann tried to end the controversy by saying he wouldn’t take the money raised.

It’s of some concern that the Hannemann signature on the notice of intent to hold the event wasn’t actually Hannemann’s and that the campaign worker involved was Hannemann’s former Police Commission chair, Christine Camp, but filing paperwork incorrectly or late is hardly a major transgression; the rival Neil Abercrombie campaign was recently fined $50 for reporting a fundraiser incorrectly.

Suggestions that Hannemann had no real city business in Washington seemed answered when he brought home federal approval of the city’s rail environmental impact statement.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it corrupts our democracy when those who have or seek government contracts provide major funding for political campaigns. But as long as the law apparently allows it, I don’t see the difference if the cash changes hands in Honolulu or Pittsburgh. The other candidates have held their own mainland fundraisers.

In one potentially interesting aside, Honolulu attorney John McLaren, who has targeted Hannemann with other complaints, is asking U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni, state Attorney General Mark Bennett and acting City Prosecutor Douglas Chin to investigate the legality of Hannemann’s Pittsburgh fundraiser hosted by Paul Overby, a former executive of Bombardier, a potential bidder for the $230 million contract to provide the rail cars for the city’s transit system.

If any of the the law enforcers take up the investigation my interest level will rise considerably, but the complaint appears scattershot and speculative at this point.

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14 Comments on “Hannemann still dogged by Pittsburgh”

  1. Scott Goold Says:

    Aloha ~
    Thanks for the analysis and summary, David. I agree with your conclusions. Kind of like one of us getting a speeding ticket – a manini issue unless there are a series of violations.

    Keep up the vigilance. It’s appreciated!


  2. Rest of the story Says:

    You make it sound like McLaren is just doing this on his own for unknown reasons. Surely you’re not really that naive.
    And you fail to note that his last bogus complaint, about procurement, quickly fizzled.
    Tell the whole the story.

  3. Michael Says:

    The fine collected should come out of hannemans own pocket.
    Campaign money is not his to use as he wishes.
    The money is bribe money and should be used only for that. ha ha Na Na men.

  4. shaftalley Says:

    the best and the right thing to do is for the politicians to decline the campaign funds altogether.but there is alot at stake for these folks.most politicians will make alot of money.kleptocracy/plutocracy anything but democracy.

  5. Michael Says:

    hanneman went to Harvard Business University.
    I wonder if he went only to play sports or he did
    learn something? For his education if valid shows that even going to Harvard does not mean success to the person that goes there. hanneman can say he went to Harvard but his actions or accomplishments show that he could have just graduated from a lesser school. With his education he should know better or he thinks he is smarter than the system. His arrogance and not confidence is his downfall.

    Walking tall and being tall to me is two different things. The way he walks is kind of like primate stage between man walking upright. The missing link. Big Foot.

  6. charles Says:

    Did Mufi major in business at Harvard? I didn’t think so but Michael you must know or you wouldn’t make that assertion.

    @shaftalley, if candidates took no contributions, how would they pay for their campaigns? Or are you saying only the rich should run using their own money?

    Or should candidates run but not publicize their candidacies through paid media, brochures, signs, etc.?

  7. shaftalley Says:

    canditates running for political office can and will use whatever the campaign finance law allows as dave has pointed out.too ad that the whole election process has become very,very expensive.not to accept any contribution is just my suggestion and would be strictly voluntary.ideally,not accepting any money from anyone would allow the candidate to run for office without beholding to anyone.yes,someone with a lot of personal wealth would have an advantage.anyway,i wish a politician would try to run a campaign without using contributions.it’s doable.but it’s also very unrealistic.even if the candidate has good ideas and is principled and honest.

  8. Michael Says:

    Francis attended Harvard Business School…..
    mufi took up Space!

  9. Michael Says:

    Did I mention Francis majored in Business?
    I did not assert, but it seems an insert by someone else.

  10. charles Says:

    Michael, you said Mufi went to “Harvard Business University.” There is no such thing. He went to Harvard University.

    @shaftalley, many candidates do run without money. See how much money candidates like Miles Shiratori or Paul Manner spend. They usually spend $25 for the filing fee and that’s it. They usually get less than 1% of the vote as well.

  11. Michael Says:

    Harvard Business School:
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Harvard Business School (HBS) is the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. The school offers a full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, and many executive education programs. It owns Harvard Business School Publishing, which publishes business books, online management tools for corporate learning, case studies, and the monthly Harvard Business Review. It is ranked 1st among American business schools by the U.S. News & World Report (tied with the Stanford Graduate School of Business),[2] and 3rd in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2010,[3] behind London Business School and The Wharton School at the The University of Pennsylvania. It is consistently ranked in the top ten of other national and global business school rankings, and is one of six Ivy League business schools.[4]

    I did say hanneman went to Harvard Business University, in which I corrected it to Harvard Business School. There are 2 if I read right.
    Harvard University as you say and Harvard Business School. I assumed he went to a business school that he took up business. What he majored in, no says on any website. For all I know Francis took up space.
    Since he is tall, alot of space.

  12. charles Says:

    Michael, you now say you assumed Mufi went to Harvard Business School but you don’t know.

    Yet, in an earlier post, you wrote, “hanneman went to Harvard Business University.”

    Hmmm.. . .

  13. shaftalley Says:

    hey charles, i think you are doing the public and all that read dave’s blog a favor by mentioning those 2 candidates.and the candidates should benefit from te exposure.maybe it will tweak some voters’ curiousity about those two candidates.and that’s what it will take for those that don’t or won’t take the money.and ,myself,i do not give any money to any candidate.no exceptions.even the libertarian party of hawaii,no money.they are making small headways with their ideas.it all adds up.

  14. Michael Says:

    charles Says:

    August 15, 2010 at 4:08 pm
    “Michael, you now say you assumed Mufi went to Harvard Business School but you don’t know.””~charles

    You said assumed I did not use the word assume.

    “Yet, in an earlier post, you wrote, “hanneman went to Harvard Business University.”~charles

    I did but corrected it to Harvard Business School.

    Hmmm.. . .”~Charles

    “I did say hanneman went to Harvard Business University, in which I corrected it to Harvard Business School. There are 2 if I read right.
    Harvard University as you say and Harvard Business School. I assumed he went to a business school that he took up business.”~Michael

    He did go to Harvard Business School, not an assumption made you in your words. I should have said I assumed since he went to a business school that he took up business. That was the only mistake but it was corrected now.

    Anymore to say charles if not don’t assume by twisting my comment for your purpose. Not phased by your tone in comment. I look forward to it.

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