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Kauai attorney files FEC complaint against Hanabusa

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:01 p.m. HST, Aug 07, 2013

A complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleges U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa's campaign for U.S. Senate has improperly collaborated with the drug industry on a political advertising campaign.

The complaint was filed Tuesday by Daniel Hempey, a Lihue attorney.

Hempey contends an email sent in June by Hanabusa's deputy chief of staff describing a potential independent expenditure for Hanabusa by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America suggests a violation of federal campaign spending law.

Political candidates and interest groups are prohibited from coordinating independent political spending on campaigns.

Hanabusa's campaign has said that Christopher Raymond, the congresswoman's deputy chief of staff, was inflating his influence in the campaign in his email to Hanabusa's advisers about PhRMA's potential support.

A PhRMA spokesman has denied to the Washington Post that the interest group planned an independent expenditure for Hanabusa, but acknowledged that the group had been considering a drug industry fundraiser on the congresswoman's behalf.

Hanabusa is challenging U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary.

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iwanaknow wrote:
Will the truth come out?
on August 7,2013 | 11:00AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Interesting development. Didn't the SA report on Monday a difference between hanabusa and schatz. Schatz wanted drug companies to offer rebates to medicare beneficiaries and hanbusa didn't. Now it appears that hanabusa is not such an independant person. She takes money from the drug comanies then takes a supporting position in their favor. She'll now come out and claim that the money didn't have an impact on her position, right. LOL. She's just another political clown.
on August 7,2013 | 11:10AM
false wrote:
Nothing new...politician's platforms are ALWAYS built on special interest dollars. They believe in whatever has the highest payoff.
on August 7,2013 | 11:24AM
Anonymous wrote:
false: You are right, but politicians still have to follow the law. In this case, the Washington Post indicates Hanabusa (or her staff) may have crossed the line: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congressional-aide-described-campaign-offer-by-drug-lobby/2013/07/27/cd1f9648-f60e-11e2-a2f1-a7acf9bd5d3a_story.html
on August 7,2013 | 02:42PM
Anonymous wrote:
No surprise here. The Washington Post broke the story about Hanabusa: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congressional-aide-described-campaign-offer-by-drug-lobby/2013/07/27/cd1f9648-f60e-11e2-a2f1-a7acf9bd5d3a_story.html
on August 7,2013 | 02:40PM
allie wrote:
Hanabuttah has a dark side and has always had a bad reputation for ethics.
on August 7,2013 | 11:11AM
silvangold wrote:
cant you just say AND spell a persons' name right? You ain't got a very nice name OR disposition. JUST GO HOME.....do we have to treat you as homeless and pay your way back too? think so we'd do it.
on August 7,2013 | 01:32PM
allie wrote:
I am ok with that..but need to graduate first.
on August 7,2013 | 02:57PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
This certainly does taint Hanabusa's campaign as it does show that she may have an unethical relationship with the drug companies. But the fact of the matter is, raising the rebates will result in higher premiums for senior citizens on Medicaid. If in fact Hanabusa is in cahoots with the drug companies, it will certainly destroy her campaign efforts. Now comes her PR rebuttal regarding this development. Given the circumstances, this may be the end of her current political aspiration. I can see Schatz using this to the end of the election. She has an uphill battle defending herself and I certainly would be interested in what she has to say.
on August 7,2013 | 11:22AM
AhiPoke wrote:
I had direct experience with Senator Hanabusa when she was in this state's legislature. She tried to use her position to receive "favors" from our company. We refused and she did things to punish our company that were unethical at best. Unfortunately, in this state, turning her in would do nothing, so we dropped it.
on August 7,2013 | 11:31AM
baileygirl9631 wrote:
But if your company came out with it, more people would be able to see what kind of politician she is! Too bad.
on August 7,2013 | 11:50AM
AhiPoke wrote:
In this state it would make little difference to her but have an adverse consequence for anyone who turned her in. If you haven't noticed, Hawaii has the most lopsided legislature in the nation, virutally all democrats. People here vote party lines. They don't study any of the issues. The result has been extremely powerful powerful public worker unions who have won significant pay and benefits. In return they vote for the politicians who offer them the most. Changing election results will take decades unless the state goes bankrupt before then, which is becoming more of a possibility. Until then, politicians liek hanabusa, hirono, etc. will continue to win.
on August 7,2013 | 01:01PM
false wrote:
This can be attributed to REAPPORTIONMENT. The drawn line was a real joke i.e district from north shore to mililani? LOL
on August 7,2013 | 01:50PM
allie wrote:
on August 7,2013 | 02:58PM
Mythman wrote:
AhiPoke_ there is always the FBI - how long ago was this? Soliciting for a bribe by a political official is one of the FBI's specialties. Please contact the FBI to discuss this. It is your duty. You are right turning it in to the state or city and county would be useless as they are all bums.....
on August 7,2013 | 01:54PM
allie wrote:
agree...I have heard many stories like yours
on August 7,2013 | 02:58PM
baileygirl9631 wrote:
She'll only come out with MORE of her junk!
on August 7,2013 | 11:49AM
Anonymous wrote:
There are so many things about Hanabusa that causes distrust. I guess we can add this to the list on www.TheRealHanabusa.com Some people say it's a smear site, but then there is this article by the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congressional-aide-described-campaign-offer-by-drug-lobby/2013/07/27/cd1f9648-f60e-11e2-a2f1-a7acf9bd5d3a_story.html
on August 7,2013 | 02:46PM
allie wrote:
some of her worst work was done in private behind closed doors. She is a real operator...
on August 7,2013 | 02:59PM
allie wrote:
true but she has always had a dark reputation. Crafty, sly lady who got away with a lot out here I am told.
on August 7,2013 | 02:57PM
loquaciousone wrote:
A Deputy Chief of Staff inflating his importance? Why have a Chief of Staff and a Deputy then?
on August 7,2013 | 11:23AM
localguy wrote:
Word is Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America gave Colleen the standard fee to purchase a bureaucrat, $1 and she went for it. Really Colleen? Where is your integrity and ethics? You do know what those words mean right? Just another bureaucrat.
on August 7,2013 | 11:35AM
96706 wrote:
I NEVER did trust Hanabusa and I NEVER will.
on August 7,2013 | 11:40AM
baileygirl9631 wrote:
on August 7,2013 | 11:51AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Colleen, I NEVER MET A 36 PERCENT PAY RAISE I DIDN'T LIKE, Hanabusa is all about her self and screuw the constituents. Her Flip Flop over to the Senate seat from the House creates an even more exacerbated situation in Hawaii's representation in DC.
on August 7,2013 | 12:08PM
allie wrote:
agree..none of us do..or should
on August 7,2013 | 02:59PM
BluesBreaker wrote:
I know who I'm NOT voting for. First, she voted against the bi-partisan bill to reign in NSA spying on Americans and now this. This is the reason Americans pay 6X more for Rx drugs than people in Europe or Canada--Congress past a law making it illegal for the government to negotiate prices with the drug companies, like they do elsewhere.
on August 7,2013 | 11:52AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I'm not too impressed with Brian Schatz but it looks like another "BETTER OF TWO WEEVILS" vote for me again.
on August 7,2013 | 12:09PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
why don't you run, i'll vote for you. no sarcasm here, we need more wit representing us. these two knuckleheads making me laugh but in the wrong way.
on August 7,2013 | 05:31PM
awahana wrote:
Just in case SA readers don't know how to use the internet well, or have very short term memory, I will just leave this here.
on August 7,2013 | 12:53PM
itoboy wrote:
Sketchy, sketchy, sketchy!
on August 7,2013 | 03:44PM
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