2 Dozen DVD Gifts to Hawaii Lawmakers Unaccounted For09/08/2011
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Two dozen pricey DVD sets given to Hawaii lawmakers this year are unaccounted for.
A total of 11 legislators — all in the state House — disclosed receiving sets of Blu-ray DVDs valued at $360 from Hollywood-based Relativity Media during the legislative session. The film studio lobbied for legislation to boost state tax breaks for film production in the islands.
Rachel Schwartz of Relativity, who prepared the studio's report, wrote that the company "unfortunately did not keep track of exactly who took the boxes — some of them went to legislators, some went to assistants and other staff." The studio says it spent $10,150 on the DVD gifts.
Hawaii Ethics Commission Executive Director Les Kondo said the discrepancy will be presented to the commission at its next monthly meeting on Sept. 21. He declined to comment further or say how the commission might try to track down the unaccounted for gifts.