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Inouye, Akaka Mum on Influence

·By civilbeat

Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka are notably absent in the coverage of Civil Beat‘s recent poll about donors’ influence on Congress.

Despite repeated requests, both senators declined to discuss poll results that show Hawaii voters believe they have less influence on their congressional representatives than wealthy donors and corporations. Both of Hawaii’s congresswomen, Reps. Colleen Hanabusa and Mazie Hirono, provided detailed responses to the poll results.

In a November interview — before Civil Beat conducted the poll — we sat down with Inouye and discussed how money influences politicians. 

“I’m one of