Common Cause Hawaii’s notable accomplishments in 2014:
- Nine bills that Common Cause Hawaii was active on became law, including these two priority bills (both concepts have been at the legislature for ~10 years):
- HB2590 (Act 166) – “Late Voter Registration” was signed into law – starting 2016, eligible voters may register to vote on election day by 2016 at early walk in sites, and starting 2018, eligible voters may register to vote at polling places. (Bill signing photo, below)
- SB2682 (Act 230) – “Public Financial Disclosures” This would require making public financial disclosure filings from certain boards and commissions that exert a high level of authority. Some of those that would be affected are: University of Hawaii Board of Regents, Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR), Land Use Commission (LUC).
Campaigns and Activities
- Partnered with Hawaii Open Data to host Civic*Celerator – a contest project aimed at developing user friendly applications (apps) leveraging the resource of open data made available by the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission.
- Educated voters on how candidates raised/spent their campaign money through Civic*Celerator ̶ applications (specialized websites) developed by volunteers. The apps illustrate Campaign Spending Commission’s data on candidate funding sources and expenditures: civic.celerator.org/apps
- Launched the People’s Pledge and Flag that Ad campaigns during general election season, in order to raise awareness and encourage community engagement around money-in-politics. These campaigns led to extensive media coverage of the influx of special interest money and independent expenditures (i.e., Super PAC money) in Hawaii elections.
- Held new workshops for citizen engagement including: “How To Livestream”, "The Legislature's 'Crossover' and 'Conference' Times", “Open Knowledge” (transparency + public access to public documents)
- Expanded our network! We cosponsored public events and workshops throughout the year with a variety of groups like: Faith Action for Community Equity, Hawaii Appleseed for Law and Economic Justice, Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations, Hawaii People's Fund, Local 5, Grassroot Institute, Hawaii Open Data, Interisland Terminal, Start Up Weekend Honolulu, The BoxJelly Coworking (space), Media Council Hawaii.
- Among the list of events CCHI hosted was a screening of Inequality for All with an unprecedented group of co-partners (Hawaii Appleseed Law Center for Economic Justice, Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE), Unite Here Local 5, Hawaii People's Fund) whose focus is on economic development, social justice, faith groups, and labor rights. The film connected-the-dots between income inequality and policy decisions made as a result of money’s influence in politics. Part of the event included a discussion on Hawaii’s minimum wage and how money-in-politics affects social, and economic issues. Nearly 300 people attended – the largest attendance of any CCHI event to date.
- Welcomed four new board members:
- Rechung Fujihira: is a Co-Founder of BoxJelly, Hawaii's first co-working space. He is also a Co-Founder of Blue Startups, Hawaii's first venture-accelerator and has helped to build various other parts of the Startup Ecosystem.
- Rich Halverson: teaches information technology management courses at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Kapiolani Community College. He is also president of Guide.Net, Inc., an Internet software company developing Internet database applications since 1996.
- Brodie Lockard: is passionate about the environment, campaign finance, and achieving tangible results. He has worked closely with the Sierra club, Public Citizen, MoveOn.org, Organizing For Action, Move to Amend and Voter Owned Hawaii.
- Ben Trevino: is president of Bikeshare Hawaii, and is an experienced entrepreneur and technologist. He was a founder of Interisland Terminal, a Honolulu-based non-profit organization with projects including community spaces, the Kaka'ako Agora, and R&D Bookstore and Cafe.
- Inspired a dozen people to join as active volunteers. Among them were 5 young professionals.
Common Cause Hawaii …
- Reached 100% board participation in annual giving.
- Received a $5,000 grant award from Hawaii People’s Fund to support our organization’s work on systemic democracy issues. CCHI was a recipient of Hawaii People’s Fund grants in 2012 and 2013.
- Received a $20,000 grant from Piper Fund, to support our efforts to build broad-based public support for publicly-funded elections.
- Look back at all our 2014 media highlights.
- Facebook “likes”: 545 (compared to 365 in December 2013)
- Twitter followers: 2528 (compared to 2194 in December 2013)