House Speaker Joe Souki held a campaign fundraiser Monday night at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in Waikiki.

The suggested contribution was a tidy $1,000.

I wonder if Alexander & Baldwin was in attendance.

Speaker Joseph Souki responds to media’s question about any information on conference committee on HB 2501 A&B ’s announcement on restoration on water to upcountry Maui. 20 april 2016

Speaker Joseph Souki said it was up to House and Senate conferees to decide whether A&B will be include in House Bill 2501 regarding water leases.

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As you may know, A&B is on the cusp of having the Hawaii Legislature pass legislation that allows the agricultural business to keep diverting water from East Maui streams even as the matter is in the courts and before a state agency.

As my partner in crime Nick Grube reported, A&B has doled out $600,000 to local pols over the past decade.

Souki tops the list of House lawmakers getting A&B cash.

Probably just a coincidence.

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