HONOLULU, HAWAII  — “Democracy Under the Influence” is a monthly discussion series, free and open to the public, exploring the links between money, connections, and politics in Hawaii; how it affects all citizens; and what can be done about it.

The Democracy Under the Influence series is co-sponsored by Common Cause Hawaii, Kanu Hawaii and League of Women Voters of Hawaii.

The series is held on the second Wednesday of each month, 5:30 p.m. at the YWCA of Oahu, Laniakea Location, 1040 Richards Street, 3rd Floor. The series can also be viewed online via livestream atwww.kanuhawaii.org.

The next discussion will be Wednesday, January 11, 5:30 p.m., titled “Ethics, Gifts & Fancy Dinners.” The session will explore the ethics of gifts received by elected officials, and the dinners and receptions hosted by lobbying interests. Les Kondo, executive director for the Hawaii State Ethics Commission is a featured speaker.

RSVPs are requested; please email democracyundertheinfluence@gmail.com or call 275-6275.

Common Cause Hawaii is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to making citizens’ voices heard in the political process and hold government accountable to the public interest. The group focuses on money in politics, voting and elections, ethics and transparency. For more information, visit www.commoncausehawaii.org.

Kanu Hawai‘i, founded in 2007, is a nonprofit organization with a mission to encourage and support environmental and social change. Its 15,000+ members make individual commitments as simple as I will take shorter showers or I will buy local. To make a commitment and help grow the movement, go to www.kanuhawaii.org.

The League of Women Voters of Hawaii is a nonpartisan political organization working to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy. It is the state chapter of the national League of Women Voters organization. For more information, visit lwv-hawaii.com.

 

Submitted by Hawaii League of Women Voters

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