Hawaii Lawmakers Report Receiving Twice as Much in Gifts as Last Year12/13/2012
'Tis the season for gift-gifting. And for Hawaii lawmakers, their season was quite lucrative.
A Civil Beat analysis of lawmakers' 2012 disclosure forms shows that Hawaii legislators received $278,416 in gifts between July 2011 and June 2012.
That's more than twice as much as they reported receiving last year.
But whether that's because lawmakers received more gifts or simply reported more of them is unclear.
Hawaii legislators received more than $137,000 in gifts last year, according to a Civil Beat analysis of their 2011 gift disclosures.
Hawaii state ethics law requires legislators to report any gifts worth more than $200, as well as multiple gifts from the same person or organization that total more than $200. The purpose of the law is to maintain transparency between elected officials and the public. The law also prohibits elected officials from accepting any gifts that are intended to influence legislation.