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Ethics panel closes case against Rep. Cabanilla over nonprofit

By Star-Advertiser

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LAST UPDATED: 04:57 p.m. HST, May 23, 2014


The state Ethics Commission has closed a complaint filed against state Rep. Rida Cabanilla over her role in obtaining a $100,000 grant for the Ewa Historical Society.

In a letter Tuesday, Leslie Kondo, the commission's executive director, said the commission accepted Cabanilla's assurances that she, her son, and her legislative staff did not receive any compensation related to their work for the society and would not receive any of the money if the grant is released by Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

Lawmakers are generally exempt from the conflict of interest provisions of the ethics law, but are covered under the fair treatment section and are prohibited from representing or assisting businesses for a fee before the Legislature.







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2NDC wrote:
I'm so glad they're closing the case on her say so. :-(
on May 23,2014 | 05:16PM
pcman wrote:
Lawmakers are exempt? What's wrong with that picture? They are the very ones that are ripping off the taxpayers. This one should be recalled (removed from office) due to unethical actions to enrich and benefit family members and friends with government resources.
on May 24,2014 | 03:38PM
pauliboy wrote:
oops, hand caught in the cookie jar. sorry, won't happen again. ; )
on May 23,2014 | 05:33PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Everyone knows what was happening here. The mere fact that she employs her own son on the state payroll as her office manager indicates what type of person we're dealing with. Nepotism, corruption, misleading the other legislators to get the grant ..ect. The ewa beach voters sure do elect some colorful people.
on May 23,2014 | 06:21PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Of course Cabanilla gave assurances that she, her son, and her legislative staff did not receive any compensation related to their work for the society and would not receive any of the money if the grant is released by Gov. Neil Abercrombie. It is what politicians always say when they are involved in unethical practices. Have you ever heard or read about a politician saying they did it for the money, favor or political gain? And why are lawmakers generally exempt from the conflict of interest provisions of the ethics law? They are the worst violators. The law needs to be changed so that lawmakers are held to the same standards as everyone else.
on May 23,2014 | 06:22PM
bikemom wrote:
Have they reapplied for exemption as a charitable organization? Filed their 990s or 990-Ns?
on May 23,2014 | 11:06PM
whs1966 wrote:
According to the article, "Lawmakers are generally exempt from the conflict of interest provisions of the ethics law..." Good deal for them. (Guess who wrote this law.)
on May 24,2014 | 05:04AM
false wrote:
She is without a sense of right or wrong. You want that kind of person making decisions about what laws are best for the people of this state?
on May 24,2014 | 06:14AM
americantaxpayer wrote:
Wow!
on May 24,2014 | 06:52AM
turbolink wrote:
What? No YouTube link from "Councilman" Berg?
on May 24,2014 | 07:19AM
kekelaward wrote:
Laws are for the little people. Not the political elite. And they wonder why people, but a vast margin, are demanding information on these elites be made public.
on May 24,2014 | 08:07AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Cabanilla gave assurances that she, her son, and her legislative staff did not receive any compensation related to their work for the society and would not receive any of the money if the grant is released by Gov. Neil Abercrombie. It is what politicians always say when they are involved in unethical practices. Have you ever heard or read about a politician saying they did it for the money, favor or political gain? And why are lawmakers generally exempt from the conflict of interest provisions of the ethics law? They are the worst violators. The law needs to be changed so that lawmakers are held to the same standards as everyone else
on May 24,2014 | 09:16AM
mcc wrote:
Ethics commission is like the police department policing the police. Useless...
on May 24,2014 | 09:19AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Well, as long as she gave assurances. I mean, assurances and about $5 will get you a caramel macchiado at Starbucks.
on May 24,2014 | 10:01AM
MrMililani wrote:
How could anyone vote for this woman?
on May 24,2014 | 11:18AM
islandsun wrote:
Where did she receive her ethics training in the Philippines?
on May 24,2014 | 11:41AM
Papakolea wrote:
Same place as Romy.
on May 24,2014 | 12:08PM
Masami wrote:
Hmmmm.........3-day weekend, release this news on Saturday, closed case with no penalty/fine, etc............. And the beat goes on.
on May 24,2014 | 03:42PM
Masami wrote:
Correction: Released on Friday evening. After the majority of folk have read the news in the MORNING.
on May 24,2014 | 03:43PM
nitpikker wrote:
this is like the fox guarding the henhouse. ridiculous.
on May 24,2014 | 07:47PM
nitpikker wrote:
"oh we believe you didnt take any compensation ms. cabanilla" *wink, wink*
on May 24,2014 | 08:07PM
Kapuna wrote:
What State Representative did for the Ewa is outstanding and noble. She helped the community to organize the Ewa Historical Society and encouraged members of the community to operate it to keep it alive. Non profits do charitable work to improve the community, in this case the Ewa Cemetery. There is absolutely nothing unethical about doing this charitable work for the benefit of the community provided that none of the officers or directors profited from the proceeds. None of the officers and directors received any type of compensation or paid for their time so their is no conflict of interest. The Ewa community is infuriated with the Cabanilla's political opponent who is trying to politicized the issue by make false and misleading statements. LoPresti is willing to sabotage and exploit a win for the community for his own self-serving politic ambitions. Let's call a spade a spade.
on May 24,2014 | 11:57PM
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