Aloha Friends. Welcome back. Part 1 of 2.
There are many strong and energy-filled conservatives and Republicans in Hawaii. Thank you. The Hawaii Republican Party can be better.
Writing to conservatives & Republicans, mostly in Hawaii, I email rather than blog because this is a (quasi) private discussion. These reports chronicle HRP’s story with enormous amounts data and solutions. My perspective is that of conservative, Republican, former State Party Chairman & RNC member. I am not here writing for any of my current conservative organizations, nationally or in Hawaii. These reports augment what you should hear from HRP, what is not on your radar, or what you need to research. Ask party leaders to act, or continue to lose. We won’t always agree but we should be informed. Hawaii conservatives should know they are not alone. Please forward this to conservatives or ask to be removed.
– May 5 National Day of Prayer www.nationaldayofprayer.org
– May 19-21 NRA Annual Meeting, Louisville www.NRA.org
– June 18-19 Sports Shooting Fair www.Hawaiirifleassociation.com
– July 7-10 National Right to Life Convention, Virginia www.nrlc.org
– July 18-21 Republican National Convention, Cleveland
Meetings – Finances – By The Numbers
-RNC Conservative Steering Committee. About 130 (of 168) RNC members who call themselves conservative, many are. No one else from Hawaii – Kaauwai, Fukumoto, Chang, Rohlfing, Liu or Hellreich – has been invited to join. Organized by the Conservative Caucus, 20 of us are Founders. Prior to the RNC meeting, coordinated actions on RNC Rules, Resolutions. Interesting comment: race for Texas NCM is a $200,000 campaign, decided by the 10,000 state convention delegates. In Hawaii our candidates spend nothing for the 100 delegates at State Convention.
–RNC, Ft Lauderdale. RNC Punts on Rules Cruz & Kasich make the rounds. Speakers: Rumsfeld, FL Gov Scott, ’13 Hours’ authors, dinner party with live music on Grand Floridian Yacht. Most expensive meeting in years at $300/night, and the yacht party. To change from US House Rules to Roberts Rules for the convention; RNC Rules Cmte did not have the guts to decide, leaving it to the Convention Rules Cmte. You were represented by Fale(he) with Rohlfing’s proxy, has never read the national party rules, never been to a rules cmte meeting, never been to an RNC meeting – he voted with the establishment. Redstate – Establishment Wins at RNC Meeting In a televised session, Fale was the only male on the cmte on national TV without coat and tie, aiding HRP’s reputation as not ready for prime time politics. That was the only session for him; no chairman in the chairman’s meeting, no ED in the ED meeting.
Convention(COA). RNC decides to for the first time use electronic voting for all motions, except voting to determine our nominee. Hawaii, with no political juice, an ineffective Hellreich, mostly absent ghost Liu, and always absent Rohlfing earned a hotel in the retirement capital of Ohio, Mentor. The three-star Holiday Inn is 23 miles from the convention and all the activities.
-Cruz Hawaii national delegation. Relaxed gathering for our members to meet and discuss getting to and being at convention. Delegates and Alternate Delegates announced this week.
–State Committee. 28 eventually dribble in. Includes 14 Exec Cmte members, i.e. 14 districts, 27% of the state. Only 3/16 NI district chairs. HQ is happy about the Pres caucus, despite the public and not public screw-ups (HIRA Caucus-Wrapup). No county chair gave a report and no state vice chair provided a report. Reacting to HIRA’s exposure of County Secretary Cordiero and Fukumoto’s sister as Democrats Rohlfing Installs, HIRA Exposes, Rohlfing Fires Democrat, Cordero resigns, but Vice chair Monahan (supposedly vice chair of Community Services) awards a reso of appreciation to thank her for supporting Dems. Smart running for NCW, Degracia for NCM.
HIRA exposes the inept discussion and inaction of the state meeting News-from-BIG-Weekend-Meeting, “If you are a candidate, you are on your own.” Big Island’s Gutteling “Since the “party” HQ is basically unused, maybe it could be rented out? I think vacation rentals might give max bang-for-buck, and flexibility. Or put in for a section-8 subsidy and use for homeless people temp shelter? Or (my personal preference) after-hours mud wrestling, as a metaphor for politics it’s apropos! Just saying “
State finances: HQ says Pres caucus cost $13.4k. HQ took $25k from Presidential campaigns, where’d the 10K difference go? Smart reports 52k in operational funds of which 6k belongs to counties (means that 1k disappeared). RNC paid Finance Director his first three months, then RNC provided 750/month for the next several, and now up to 900/month. Instead of raising funds to augment the RNC charity, Rohlfing/Hellreich/Liu make the FD part time. Worse – the Exec Dir now doubles as Nat’l delegation staffer i.e. we have half an Exec Dir and half a delegation staffer. Smart cuts expenses; ending the AOL account (finally) and the end of the Director’s Insurance (now, each Exec Cmte member is personally liable for anything dumb they say or do). A larger question – Who let Smart arbitrarily change the budget without State Cmte approval? Liu (NCM) and Smart (Treasurer) conducted a ‘financial review’. Their report was submitted, which HQ has yet to share, without the help of Finance Cmte Chair John Henry Felix because Felix … quit, not just as a member of their faux Review Committee, he quit as Finance Chair. Rohlfing says “RNC funding to our party will be minimal to nothing this year.” RNC knows HRP has no credible candidates.
–Republicans Overseas. 50 country conference call. Call #1. Convention and rules with RNC Rules Committee Chairman and RNC Special Counsel. Expecting 7,000,000 overseas Republicans to vote in General election. 70 minutes.
Call #2. Priebus. Best, most advanced, targeted data (But HRP doesn’t/can’t use it). 4200 paid employees (none in Hawaii). 5,000 trained thru Republican Leadership Institute (none from Hawaii). RNC paying for field staff for house and senate races across the nation (not Hawaii). Huge voter registration effort (not in Hawaii). RO 20 non-voting delegates on the floor. 30 minutes.
-HRP FEC www.fec.gov March dives, again, to RED, with close to no contributions and much odd spending. Receipts only $12,301 = 7,045 contributions + 900 RNC for charity state + 3,978 from state account. 6400 is from LDD late payments i.e. R/H/L raised only 600 in the month. Sustaining Donors on record: 6/14 Exec Cmte (no Liu, and only 1/4 county chair), 4/51 District chairs, 3 party members. When leaders don’t buy in, don’t expect others to do so. Disbursements doubled receipts at $25,560 = $3365 Tagavilla and 3283 Simon salary+354 health insurance+81 disability ins, +1692 taxes, 2670 IRS taxes, 1476 mortgage, 1500 new compliance company, in addition to 895 for the accounting firm, 4170 mail appeal, 253 phone, 152 cable, 2670 printing, 900 digital consulting, 120 Mailchimp email, 2769 building maintenance (now called building rental), 275 office supplies. Another 948 Pres caucus for Walden air, auto and such. Set a new precedence 360 on air for Hickling, a volunteer who knew what he signed up for when he ran for his position. Zero election expenditures. LDD contributions include another 1500 from Jason Jones for establishment bosses to waste, Liu 2500. CoH for operations drops like a rock to 17.8k + about CSC 5k soft money + 6.1 k counties. Also, 36k mortgage account (+4k in CSC) for 101k remaining mortgage. 11/17 months this election cycle in the RED. For the election cycle, HRP is 16k in the RED i.e. living off the RNC funds Saiki did NOT use to elect Rs last election, with no money for 2016 campaigns & elections. HRP red 24/39 past reports. Eleven Rohlfing months: $25k Presidential campaigns, CC event, and LDD shows Rohlfing/Hellreich/Liu team a shortfall of 24k+. HRP red 6/11 months since Hellreich crowned Rohlfing.
–Pig’s lipstick LDD Gross goal was $130k. They grossed 94k. Monahan announced a net of only $68.5k. Monahan claims success as she missed gross goal, missed net goal, had as many freebies as paying customers … and your braindead State Cmte accepted the report without a question, even applauded. She added, trying to make it sound like a good thing, that no business or corporation would sponsor a table. She recognized candidates who used their apparently-not-needed donor dollars for a free table – Agustin, E Ching, Kim, Tupola, McDermott. In spite of her rosy report, FEC report shows only 25k net for TWO past months; question is – wheres the money? Using Smart’s numbers – LDD net 68k, Pres caucus net 10k, any funds Rohlfing’s fundraising calls, and the direct mail appeal & telemarketing program – she has only, she says, 45k left (plus limited county money). 36k of that is mortgage-fenced monies. Wasted as shown here Lincoln laundry part 1 & Lincoln laundry part 2 with the legislators who use your donations for free food and tickets for party events. “Despite their promises that Lincoln Dinner ticket purchases and related donations will help candidates get voters registered, educate the public, and win elections, none of that is happening.“ Reader: Monahan says “wonderful success” though 40K short of gross sales goal “we didn’t make the perfect amount of money but we did have a perfect success …we didn’t sell those great big tables to outside businesses, we bought them ourselves.” “We’d love to say we brought in more. But we reached our grassroots. We weren’t being bought out by big corporate people. But it would have been nice to have some of that money.” “We got some heat for asking our candidates to buy tables.” It is detrimental for the party to extort funds from underfunded candidates. The criticism for using precious candidate donor funds to get a free seat at a party dinner is aimed at candidates.
-They lie, perhaps because of the example of Hellreich, Rohlfing, McDermott and others. Smart says the RNC is not providing any funds to HRP but her FEC report shows $750 in January and February, bumped to $900 in March. Smart said HRP was dumping Finance Director Simon (to some undefined part time status) because “we’re struggling” but Simon received three March paychecks for $3283. Out of funds, HQ cuts the budget, again breaking party rules by not gaining State Cmte approval HRP Broke Again
-Not every R is a sucky fundraiser “[RNC] raised $135.4 million through the end of March, a record in a presidential election cycle without holding the White House. Total raised in March: $11.5 million. Cycle raised: $135.4 million. Cash on hand: $16.1 million, Debt: $1.8 million“
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”16″]HRP is unable to challenge Democrats’ and liberals’ ideology until we solve our internal and administrative issues. We need a conservative, competent, organized, manned, and funded HRP with committed leaders. Republicans must first fix their house.[/pullquote]
–Chang, failed party chair that got fired and disappeared the past three years has popped up for another shot at destroying the party. Chang destroyed at least two crops of candidates, ending any chance of Republicans winning from 2010-2013. On the Exec Cmte, then as Party Chair, he presided over ‘the party of fiscal responsibility’ by compounding the party debt from 60k to a 110k. Not just a failure as a fund raiser, he spent your donations like Ds spend your taxes. Candidates, donors, supporters, voter left in droves and have never returned. Chang, husband of D-with-an-R Fukumoto, has done nothing to help Rs since he was run out of town.
By the numbers
0. R Mayoral candidates. HRP has no assets, and few candidates. More Libs running for State Senate than Rs. Rs in only 22/51 House races, few credible and seven are incumbents. Six months to General.
2. Hawaii: 2nd Highest Tax Burden in USA and your McDermott, Fukumoto, Cheape, Tagavilla, Pouha, Theilen, Ward vote with Dems for tax increases.
2. Days notice new Honolulu County chair (Fale gave no effort, fired last month) gave for a state delegate indoctrination session (vote how and when I tell you) at HQ. However, one session is more than predecessors Fale, Rohlfing, Gray combined.
10. Leadership Institute did Youth Training. For all Manoa campus, R and L party, only 10 participated.
15. April is Tax Day. Ugh Tax Day Charts You Need To See
34. R House micro-caucus average rating. Slom earns 100, Cheape is a 9. ACU Ratings Hawaii 2015
40. Months since the ’12 required HRP financial audit was to be conducted. 28 since the ’13 audit were due. 17 since HRP chair promised. Donors don’t give when finances are in question.
191. Days (as of May 1) to the Presidential election.
-While Rohlfing, Saiki, Walden pat themselves on the back, Big Island former county chair “We were told by several Dems that they voted in our primary to sway the vote to Trump. They think he is the easiest to beat. Once again, we see the fallacy of allowing Non-Republicans to vote to elect the candidate who will represent the Republican Party. Based on the issues of limited time for voting, clearly something must be done. I for one was unable to vote due to the time constraint. Having fought for the vote I certainly did not like the fact that the limited time prevented me from voting.“
-Oahu “You’re SO right, the RNC is the DNC. I was a poll observer. 1: GOP makes it hard to vote. The time was only 2 hours from 6:00 to 8:00 on a week night. Many parents had to bring children after a long day at work or school. It was an awkward opening time... on your way home from work or in the middle of the dinner hour. 2: People were livid because they went to great pains to register some weeks and months in advance, even one person who went to the elections office to register in person. They weren’t on the rolls… most of them were military or employed in military related jobs. Is there an effort to suppress the vote? The mask is coming off and many agree w you: Hawaii GOP is the DNC/GOP.“
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”16″] No organization does more to destroy the Republican brand than the Hawaii Republican Party. A pro-life national Platform; HRP elects pro-abortion Saiki. A record-setting RNC fundraising cycle; Rohlfing owns the two lowest raising months of the last decade. A historic majority in the US House & majority in the Senate; HRP has 1/25 senators and 7/51 reps. RNC fights tax increases; ‘leader’ Fukumoto supports tax increases. SA declares HRP “irrelevant”; conservatives flock to HIRA’s conservative message. Republican Assemblies formed 1934, once led by Reagan enroute to the Governorship and Presidency, as the solution to the establishment without principles. HRP epitomizes what Milner writes “Death is not too strong a word to use here. Influence-wise, the Republicans here are gone, and there is no resurrection on the horizon. So it is safe to see one-party control as a given.” Republican Party is Dead The Assemblies remain the Republican Wing of the Republican Party. [/pullquote]
-You House caucus, unanimously, went the wrong way. State House Factions. Backing the liberal Souki over the more conservative Say, they enabled Hawaii to earn its place at the top of liberal legislation of all states. What CB calls ‘far-right, as we show in Part 2 ACU Ratings, is just rhetoric. The Republican House ‘far-right’ are bad as Fukumoto’s progressives.
-HQ sent an email describing the duties of a national committee person. Supposedly, “Responsible for attending RNC meetings, vote on the State Committee and Executive Committee.” That’s it; go to a few meetings and vote on local committees. Nothing about grassroots training for all the counties and organizations, raising funds for the party & counties, recruiting candidates & district chairs & volunteers, assisting with party communications, bringing national assets to Hawaii or that you’re an automatic (establishment) delegate for the next national convention. No wonder Hellreich and Liu are so ineffective.
-ACU 2015 Ratings, or House Rs are Ds. Out of 100: Fukumoto 36, Cheape 9, Thielen 27, Ward 45, Tupola 45, Pouha 18, McDermott 55. Some call themselves conservative, none vote that way. Average House Rs = 34. Lowest R is Cheape 9, highest D is Kong 45 (higher also than Tuploa, Pouha Theilen, Fukumoto and tied w Ward). Cheape is lower than the D average of 11. Senate: Rs get 100 because Slom is strong. Lowest R is Slom’s 100, the highest D is 27. D average is 12. On the evaluated gun bill, HB888, ALL House Rs voted the wrong way – evidence of anti-2A positions of McDermott, Ward, Tupola, Fukumoto, Cheape, Theilen, and Pouha. Your candidate donations and support isn’t going where YOU want because these “R” people are go-along Ds.
ARE YOU SATISFIED? HRP needs leadership focused on HRP. Forward this – people need to know, you need to act. Part 2 coming.
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