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. 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, 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.
– September 7-10 NRA Board of Directors, N VA. Another NRA election.
– September 9-11 Values Voter Summit, Washington DC www.valuesvotersummit.org
– September 16-18 Eagle Council St Louis www.eaglecouncil.com
– September 23 CWA meeting Lihue http://hi.cwfa.org
– October 14 CWA meeting Aiea http://hi.cwfa.org
Finances – By the Numbers – Election – Convention
-HRP FEC www.fec.gov You want to give them the benefit of the doubt, then: July is RED, AGAIN. Rohlfing won’t make donor calls, Ward hasn’t produced as promised, they leave almost 3500 in bills for next month, and RNC finally stops wasting $ in Hawaii. Receipts $12,939= 7,564 contributions + 0 RNC + 5,375 nearly empties state account (see below). FEC Sustaining Donors: 4/14 Exec Cmte, 3/51 District chairs, 2 party members. When leaders don’t buy in, don’t expect others to do so. Disbursements $14,870 = $3345 Tagavilla salary+1445 payroll tax+348 health insurance, 1476 mortgage, 3853 property tax, 1524 new compliance company is taking HQ for a ride, 405 cable, 734 copier rental, 150 Mailchimp, 293 printing, and 1000 refund of an illegal donation. Building maintenance, accounting, office supplies held for a double hammer next month. Zero for electioneering, and no communication or candidate support or staff hires. CoH for operations about 12k + CSC 5k soft money + 5k counties. 31k mortgage account for 97k remaining mortgage. 14/21 months this election cycle in the RED. Since January 1, 2015 HRP is RED 24.5k. For the election cycle, HRP is 28k in the RED i.e. living off the RNC funds Saiki did NOT use to elect Rs last election. No funds or plans for 2016 campaigns & elections. HRP red 27/43 past reports. 13 Rohlfing months even with $25k from Presidential campaigns, CC event, and LDD show Rohlfing/Hellreich/Liu team shortfall of 35.8k. HRP red 8/14 months under R/H/L and now 1/1 under R/H/W (Rohlfing/Hellreich/Ward).
I am wrong: HRP sadly must continue $1500/month for ‘compliance consulting’. Treasurer Smart touts being formally trained – she could save us 18k+/year. HRP is no longer big money, R/H/W (Rohlfing/ Hellreich/Ward) raise less than some council campaigns. Then, we read the Hawaii National Federation of Republican Women finance reports. Smart oversees the reborn Hawaii chapter. Read part two to see how suspect is their reporting.
Coincidence: soon as Rohlfing heard HRP is to be sued for stealing national convention credentials from HIRA President Ryan, HRP announces a no-notice ‘meet your chairman’ raiser. $125 for a light lunch and ‘an update’ of how HRP wins in 2016.
-HRP CSC Hawaii Campaign Spending First report for this year. 1. HQ doesn’t know how to use the soft money state account, 2. no support to candidates, and 3. IMS took HRP to the cleaners as Thomason slinked out the door. For the first half of this year, receipts = 42,661, disbursements = 48,086, CoH drops to 10,469 (minus the 5,375 to FEC account). Should be a place for soft money, e.g. PACs & corporations, and specifically NOT individual donor hard money. Candidates waste your contributions by laundering $ to HRP. To buy an event table, candidates use your contribution to eat free = Aiona $10,100, McDermott 3485, Ward 3000, Agustin 1823, Tagavilla laundered her campaign of 2500 to pay her salary (perhaps against the law to use campaign funds for personal expenses), Fukumoto 1527, Ching 1500, Cheape 1092, Tupola 550, and Moses emptied his from six years ago 300. When candidates use campaign $ to attend a party, donors should give elsewhere. Donors should question candidates’ judgement – what is the ROI on their HQ investment? Other donors include A&B PAC 2500, HEI 5000, BankoH 1000, and HNFRW 1500. A few sustaining donors (hard money, bad idea) = 2 Exec Cmte, 2 district chair, 2 party members. Most funds went to FEC account 29300, state convention food 14862, website design 625, Kailua parade 450, and 300 to ‘volunteer’ Camailleri 300 as parliamentarian.
In addition to the gross amounts from the FEC account, IMS received an average 1438/month from CSC account September to March, knowing the public wouldn’t see it until after the IMS contract was done. It was never presented to the State Cmte.
Wasting your contributions. The previous period Aiona gave HQ 7600, McDermott 1800 (he gave HQ more than he raised that period). The period before Aiona gave 6600, McDermott 1500, Cheape 900. They don’t need your $, and you should be thanked for (indirectly) contributing to HRP.
-Not all Rs are incompetent “(RNC) announced it raised $199.5 million this cycle, including $27.2 million in July. The Party currently has $34.5 million cash on hand.“ .. even after many of us quit contributing.