There will be a press conference at 1 p.m. today at the Capitol Rotunda calling for legislators to pass House Bill 1481, which would create a citizen-funded elections program for Hawaii state House candidates statewide.

On hand will be Ben Cohen of Ben and Jerry’s, the musician Makana and representatives from Voter Owned Hawaii, Stamp Stampede, Babes Against Biotech, Hawaii SEED, Common Cause and the Sierra Club.

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v FEC decision put us on a crash course for corruption,” says a press advisory. “One of the best ways to fix this problem now is to pass House Bill 1481, which would upgrade and modernize Hawaii’s citizen-funded elections program (which was put in place during the 1978 Constitutional Convention).”

Another press conference will be held Monday on Maui. Cohen is from Vermont, which allows public financing for some elections. This week, the Supreme Court further loosened restrictions on campaign donations.


Photo: Makana. (Civil Beat)

—Chad Blair