December 8th, 2011

Dylan Nonaka, the former executive director of the Hawaii Republican Party, has formed a new political committee to take advantage of the potential for unlimited political spending through independent expenditures.

Hawaii Solutions, Nonaka said, could help GOP candidates level the playing field in Hawaii with majority Democrats, who enjoy financial and grassroots support from many labor and business interests. Independent expenditures are not coordinated with individual campaigns.

From Nonaka:

Because of recent court cases, both locally and nationally, Independent Expenditure Committees are now able to take an unlimited amount of funds from individuals and businesses. Hawaii Solutions is one of the first organizations in Hawaii to file under these new laws and, as you can imagine, this has the potential to significantly change the game of political advocacy.

I have long believed that Republican and Conservative candidates in Hawaii are at a double disadvantage. Not only do people traditionally vote Democrat here, Democrats have a significant advantage when it comes to third party spending. Democrats have all the unions, numerous Political Action Committees, and the State Democratic Party to spend money on behalf of their candidates. Our candidates can only count on the State GOP. To put it simply, we are out gunned.

I see Hawaii Solutions as a critical step toward leveling the playing field. Through Hawaii Solutions we will have the ability to match the unlimited amount of money spent by special interests on our state elections as long as we do not coordinate our efforts with candidates or their campaigns.

As you know, the values we communicate are important in all campaigns and we have worked to develop a message for Hawaii Solutions that can resonate with people on the whole range of the political spectrum. When someone receives our mail or sees an advertisement from us, they’ll know we share the same values.

6 Responses to “Super”

  1. Jordan:

    Republicans and conservatives in Hawaii are actually at a triple disadvantage: they have people like Dylan Nonaka claiming to speak for them.

  2. Manoa_Fisherman:

    The problem is that there are no donors willing to give money to a bunch of losers. Common sense dictates the flow of money in politics. Only an idiot would give big money to folks with a losing track record and whose message is out of touch with the voters.

    I don’t know what is going through the mind of Nonaka, but it seems that the little mouse in there is still running on the circular track and thinks it is going somewhere.

  3. ohiaforest3400:

    What he’s really saying is that because there’s hardly any Republicans in Hawaii and because those that are here want to keep their money or spend it on themselves, he’s going to use container loads of mainland GOP money to make up for the local GOP’s lack of membership, candidates, and ideas. And why not? According to SCOTUS, fictitious entities (PACs, corporations, etc.) are people and money is speech. Geev um!

  4. Goober:

    Does this mean Republicans will make the 99% rich and 1% poor? Seems they just turn the hour glass upside down with the bottom half fuller than the top half.

  5. Kolea:

    The Lingle network with the Hawaii Republican Party was never enthused about Jonah Kaauwai’s leadership of the party, but in 2010, it was the turn of Duke Aiona and the social conservatives to take a turn at running the party. The joint leadership of Jonah and Dylan ran off the road and into a ditch by relying too much on the passions of the Christian Right and the Tea Party types.

    After this failure, the Lingle supporters withdrew their financial support in a desire to starve out Jonah. They succeeded, Jonah resigned and the Lingle folks are re-tooling, repackaging the Party to meet the needs of the Lingle run for the Senate.

    Dylan Nonaka resigned as Executive Director of the party shortly before Jonah, saying he “wanted to spend more time with his family.” He also announced, at the time, he would be setting up a political consulting business. The Lingle people had groomed Dylan Nonaka for many years. He was nominated by Lingle to be her “student representative” on the Board of Regents, though the nomination was blocked by Senators who argued Dylan’s views were not representative of the students it the appointment was too obviously political in nature. Dylan was given a good salary to serve as one of the Governor’s two representatives on the Big Island. Then, as his job with the administration was coming to an end, they gave him the GOP Executive Director position.

    While the Lingle group does not seem to care much what happens with Jonah, they appear to maintain better relations with Dylan. In the post-CItizens United world of campaign spending, there is, as you say, the “potential for unlimited political spending through independent expenditures.” In the Duke Aiona campaign, the Republican Governor’s Association ran a pseudo-independent effort to elect Duke Governor. It was obviously coordinated with Duke’s campaign–heck, Duke allowed them to shot video of him to use in the TV spots. But the State Campaign Commission has taken the absurd position that obvious collusion cannot be inferred absent one of the parties confessing to the crime.

    My question is to what extent Dylan was encouraged by the Lingle Republicans (and/or national Republican operatives) to set up this operation so they can funnel money through his organization or so he can serve as a “cut-out” liaison between local campaigns and the expected influx of mainland corporate money for Hawaii Republican candidates.

    To his credit, Dylan’s statement is a pretty straight-forward expression of this intent. Skirting the law, but the law, as currently interpreted, doesn’t offer much protection anyways. The system is seriously corrupt. But I guess we have to “hate the game and not the player.”

    Setting politics aside, I wish Dyaln and his family well. But we are well past the point where corporate money is robbing us of our democratic birthright. We need serious campaign spending reform and I think that means either direct public financing of elections, like the Big Island county council races or some sort of “voucher system,” where each voter is able to pick candidates they want to receive money on their behalf.

  6. Goober:

    neocon or Tea Party

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