Minutes for May 23, 2018 Meeting

Posted on Jun 22, 2018 in Minutes

Campaign Spending Commission
Leiopapa A Kamehameha Building, Room 204
May 23, 2018
10:00 a.m.

Commissioners Present
Bryan Luke, Kenneth Goodenow, Gregory Shoda, Stanley Lum, Maryellen Markley, Ph.D.

Staff Present
Kristin Izumi-Nitao, Tony Baldomero, Gary Kam, Yayoi Tumamao
Deputy Attorney General Valri Kunimoto

Call to Order
Chair Luke called the meeting to order at 10:04 a.m.

Consideration and Approval of Minutes of Meeting on 4/11/18
Time:  10:04 a.m.
Chair Luke asked for comments or changes to the minutes.  Commissioner Shoda sought to amend the minutes as follows:

  • Under “New Business,” “Docket No. 18-07 – In Re the Matter of Jarrett Keohokalole, James Frizzell, and Friends of Jarrett Keohokalole,” before the vote on page 2, insert the following comment: “Commissioner Shoda commended Respondents for self-reporting the errors.”

Chair Luke called for a motion to approve the amended minutes.

Time: 10:06 a.m.
Commissioner Markley moved to approve the amended minutes of the 4/11/18 meeting.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Shoda.  Motion carried (4-0).  Vice Chair Goodenow abstained because he was not present at the last meeting.

New Business
*Welcome and Introduction of New Administrative Assistant Yayoi Tumamao
Time:    10:06 a.m.
Executive Director Izumi-Nitao introduced Yayoi Tumamao, the new Administrative Assistant to the Commission, who started on 5/16/18.

*Docket No. 18-08 – In Re the Matter of Mark K. Ing and Friends of Kaniela Ing
Time:    10:07 a.m.
General Counsel Kam stated that Representative Ing has requested a continuance because he recently retained an attorney to respond to the complaint.  General Counsel Kam stated that staff does not object to this request.

Mr. Ryan Akamine, Respondents’ new Deputy Treasurer, stated that Respondents are reviewing the complaint.  Respondent Ing stated that he understands the seriousness of the matter and the counts as outlined in the complaint.  Further, he stated that he takes full responsibility for the mistakes and will fully cooperate.

Chair Luke stated that the next Commission meeting would be on 6/20/18.

Mr. Akamine stated that he believed Respondent Ing’s attorney, Alen Kaneshiro, will be unavailable on 6/20/18 and commented that the July meeting would be preferred.

General Counsel Kam responded that the case should be continued to the next meeting in June and Mr. Kaneshiro can request another continuance before then if he is not available.

Time:    10:10 a.m.
Vice Chair Goodenow moved to approve Respondents’ request to continue the matter until the 6/20/18 Commission meeting.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Markley.  Motion carried (5-0).

Chair Luke called for a brief recess for 5 minutes.

Old Business
*Consideration, Discussion, Approval, or Update of Commission Legislation/Testimony and/or Other Campaign Finance Related Bills/Resolutions for the 2018 Legislative Session
Time:  10:15 a.m.
General Counsel Kam addressed the Commission bills that are before the Governor for approval:

– S.B. 2153, H.D. 1, C.D. 1 – Repeals the requirement that candidate committee organizational reports include the name and address of each contributor who contributed an aggregate amount of more than $100 to the candidate committee since the last election.  Takes effect on 7/1/18.

– S.B. 2154, H.D. 1, C.D. 1 – Repeals the requirement that noncandidate committee organizational reports include contributions.  Takes effect on 7/1/18.

As for other bills, General Counsel Kam reported the following:

– S.B. 2992, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, C.D. 1 – Exempts signs and banners from the advertisement disclaimer requirement. Makes clear that ballot issue committees will need the advertisement disclaimer on their signs and banners.  Takes effect upon approval.

 General Counsel Kam stated that the Governor has until 7/10/18 to approve or veto the bills.

Report from the Executive Director
Report on Compliance of Filing Timely Disclosure Reports
Time:  10:16 a.m.
Executive Director Izumi-Nitao reported no new updates from the last meeting.

Chair Luke asked when the next report was due.  Executive Director Izumi-Nitao responded that the next report would be the 1st Preliminary Primary Report covering the period 1/1/18 to 6/30/18 for candidates running in the 2018 primary election which is due on 7/12/18 followed by the Supplemental Report covering the period 1/1/18 to 6/30/18 for all candidates not running in the 2018 election which is due on 7/31/18, the 2nd Preliminary Primary Report covering the period 7/1/18 to 7/27/18 for candidate running in the 2018 primary election which is due on 8/1/18, and the Preliminary Primary Report covering the period 1/1/18 to 7/27/18 for noncandidate committees which is due on 8/1/18.

Associate Director Baldomero stated that there are about 650 committees registered with the Commission (400 candidate committees and 250 noncandidate committees).  He anticipated that there will be a spike in the next 2 weeks because the last day to file nomination papers is June 5th.

Report on Wiki Meetings
Time:    10:20 a.m.
Associate Director Baldomero reported that this was a new initiative and that 13 wiki meetings were scheduled every Thursday for a 20 minute meeting with Commission staff.  Only 1 candidate who is running for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs signed up.

Report on Campaign Spending Training to Committees
Time:  10:23 a.m.
Associate Director Baldomero reported that 4 committee trainings were being offered.  He reported that there were 16 attendees on Kauai on 5/11/18 and 15 attendees on Maui on 5/15/18.  Because there were only 4 people signed up for Hawaii on 5/18/18, the training was canceled and rescheduled to 6/4/18.  As for training on Oahu, Associate Director Baldomero stated that there are presently 34 registered for candidate committee training and 18 registered for noncandidate committee training for the sessions on 6/8/18.  Online registration continues to be promoted by e-blasts, Facebook, and Twitter.

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Chair Luke asked for a motion to convene Executive Session to consider and approve Executive Session minutes from the Commission meeting on 4/11/18.

Time:  10:25 a.m.
Vice Chair Goodenow moved to convene in Executive Session for the aforementioned reason(s).  Motion seconded by Commissioner Shoda.  Motion carried (5-0).

Public Session reconvened at 10:27 a.m.

Time:    10:27 a.m.
Vice-Chair Goodenow moved to adjourn the meeting.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Shoda.  Motion carried (5-0).  Meeting adjourned at 10:27 a.m.

Next Meeting:
Scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, 2018.