David C. Farmer, Successor-Trustee vs. Harmon
(Formerly Woo vs. Harmon & Nicholson vs. Harmon)
CV05-00030 DAE KSC
U.S. District Court For the District of Hawaii
Judges: David A. Ezra; Kevin S. Chang
David Ige currently represents Hawaii's 16th Senatorial District: Aiea, Aiea Heights, Momilani, Newtown, Pacific Palisades, Pearl City, Upper Pearlridge, Waiau and Waimalu. David has represented Pearl City and Aiea communities as a State Representative from 1985 to 1994 and as a State Senator since 1994.
Office of Senator David Y. Ige
415 South Beretania Street, Room 215
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Fax: (808) 586-6231
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April 30, 1998
Holt entertained them at Bishop Estate expense,
IRS records show; several of them deny it
By Rick Daysog, Star-Bulletin
Former state Sen. Milton Holt reported that he entertained state legislators at Bishop Estate's expense at local restaurants and hostess bars, according to records the estate submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.
But several lawmakers denied that the meetings took place....
Sources familiar with the records sent to the IRS told the Star-Bulletin that Holt charged more than $2,500 on the estate's Visa cards at local restaurants, drinking establishments and nightclubs between 1992 and 1997, listing lawmakers as his guests.
Some $1,500 of the total was spent at two local hostess bars in 1992 and 1993.
These expenses are in addition to some $21,000 that Holt ran up in credit card charges and cash advances on estate Visa cards at Las Vegas casinos and local hostess bars and restaurants since 1992.
One critic of the Bishop Estate called the expenditures unsuitable for a tax-exempt trust that has a mission to educate native Hawaiian students.
"To me these are totally inappropriate expenses for the estate to be paying out," said longtime Bishop Estate watcher Desmond Byrne.
"You wonder if this is just the tip of the iceberg. You wonder what else is out there."
During a Feb. 10, 1993, outing, Holt ran up a $540.50 tab at the Crystal Palace hostess bar, naming as his guests Senate President Norman Mizuguchi and Sen. Robert Bunda then a state representative, sources said.
That came after Holt ran up a $751 bill on the estate's charge cards at the former Monte Carlo hostess bar in August 1992, listing Mizuguchi, Bunda and Sen. Joe Tanaka as his guests.
Holt charged $260 on an estate credit card at the Monte Carlo club in April 1993, listing Bunda, House Finance Chairman Calvin Say and House Judiciary Chairman Terrance Tom as guests....
Holt declined comment on credit card charges involving lawmakers other than Mizuguchi, saying the information was supposed to be confidential. An estate spokesman had no immediate comment.
Bishop Estate, the state's largest private landowner, has long enjoyed a close relationship with the state Legislature. The multibillion-dollar estate's five trustees include former Senate President Richard Wong, and former House Speaker Henry Peters.
In the past, the estate has said that it did not incur any lobbying expenses at the local level, according to Byrne. But Holt's expenditures raised significant questions as to whether it was trying to influence legislation, he said. "Unless they have hope to obtain some benefit, why should the estate being paying this kind of money for entertainment?" Byrne asked.
The restaurant and bar tabs were included in the estate's response to inquiries from the IRS in its audit of the trust. The IRS is looking at various estate expenditures and wants to know whether employees and trustees received benefits or perks at the expense of the trust.
The attorney general's office subpoenaed the estate for Holt's records along with volumes of other confidential IRS records, also known as information document requests, in its investigation into potential wrongdoing by trustees.
The Star-Bulletin obtained details of several other credit card transactions at traditional isle restaurants listing lawmakers as Holt's guests.
Here are some examples . . .
An October 30, 1995, charge for $115.32 at the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, naming Sen. Les Ihara and Sen. David Ige as Holt's guests. . . .
Under state law, legislators aren't required to list gifts less than $200 in their annual disclosure statements. But they are prohibited from accepting gifts intended to influence or reward lawmakers. . . .
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From Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Feb 11, 1998:
Legislator shouldn’t be utility lobbyist
CONFLICTS of interest are natural and expected in Hawaii's Legislature, where part-time lawmakers are obligated to make decisions that affect the companies they work for during the remainder of the year. Conflicts become more serious when legislators accept company positions devoted to influencing government decisions.
State Sen. David Ige, a Democrat who represents Pearl City, has accepted such a position.
Ige is an electrical engineer by training and, until recently, by profession. He held such a position at GTE Hawaiian Tel (now Verizon), when he was appointed in 1985 by then-Gov. John Waihee to fill a vacant seat in the state House of Representatives.
Eventually, Ige was promoted to the job of Hawaiian Tel's network design senior administrator. When the position of government affairs director became open, Ige applied. He was appointed to the post at the beginning of this year. In plain English, that means Ige's new job is chief lobbyist for the phone company, one of the most regulated companies in Hawaii.
Recognizing the anachronism of a legislator who is also a lobbyist, Ige has gone to great pains to gain acceptance of his dual role. He said that he will lobby only federal and county officials, not state officials or legislators, leaving that responsibility to Hawaiian Tel's vice president for external affairs.
Ige has registered with the city as a lobbyist but not with the state Ethics Commission. And, as co-chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, Ige has promised to allow co-chairman Wayne Metcalf to assume responsibility for matters relating to the Public Utilities Commission, which regulates Hawaiian Tel. Ige pledges not to vote on matters that present a conflict.
However, all the maneuvering in the world by Ige to avoid the appearance of impropriety will not erase the impression that he was assigned to his present job at the phone company because of his position as a state senator. The interweaving of city, state and federal functions makes the confined activities that Ige prescribes for himself impossible to perform.
Senator Ige's conflict is inescapable and unacceptable. His district would be better served by an engineer rather than a lobbyist.
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Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire:
April 29, 2001
>> Michael Loo has been named controller for the Kamehameha Schools. He will oversee accounting, purchasing, financial and investment reporting and systems functions. Loo was previously controller and treasurer of Hawaiian Airlines.
>> David Ige has been named vice president of engineering for NetEnterprise. Ige comes to NetEnterprise from Pihana Pacific, where he was a project manager. Ige is a state Senator.
>> Alison Mortlock has been named branch manager for the captive insurance division of Marsh Hawaii. Mortlock, who also serves as vice president, will be responsible for tracking the captive insurance industry and for creating new programs for clients. Mortlock joins Marsh Hawaii from the company's Bermuda office.
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January 10, 2003
Kamehameha Schools agrees
to pay a $10,000 fine
By Rick Daysog, Star-Bulletin
The Kamehameha Schools has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine to settle the state Campaign Spending Commission's 2 1/2-year-old investigation into the estate's political activities.
Without admitting or denying wrongdoing, the $6 billion charitable trust agreed to settle with the commission, ending the only remaining investigation of the Kamehameha Schools' former trustees Henry Peters, Richard "Dickie" Wong, Lokelani Lindsey, Oswald Stender and Gerard Jervis. The fine, which will be paid to the Hawaii Election Campaign Trust Fund, requires the approval of the commission's five-member board, which will meet on Thursday.
Kamehameha Schools' Chief Executive Hamilton McCubbin said the agreement avoids a costly, protracted legal battle and will allow the trust to focus resources on its educational mission.
"It resolves one of the last remaining issues relating to the former management of the trust," McCubbin said.
Bob Watada, the commission's executive director, said he did not seek a larger fine against Kamehameha Schools since the former trustees who took part in the political activities have resigned and the estate's current managers and board of trustees have implemented significant reforms.
Watada also noted that former staffers such as the late Namlyn Snow, who headed the government relations division, have either died or have left the trust, while recipients of the estate's political support such as former state Sens. Milton Holt and Marshall Ige have been convicted of criminal charges.
"I think it's clear the Kamehameha Schools has taken steps to make sure that they don't get involved in political campaigns," Watada said.
The commission began its investigation in April 2000, looking into more than $200,000 in polling that the trust conducted on behalf of several prominent state lawmakers during the 1990s.
The commission also was looking into tens of thousands of dollars in political fund-raising tickets that the trust funneled to its employees and outside contractors.
Watada said evidence included in more than 40,000 pages of internal trust documents and witness interviews indicated that the trust operated an in-house network that distributed fund-raiser tickets to trustees and their relatives, staffers and to the estate's engineering, architecture and law firms.
Recipients included Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris, former Mayor Frank Fasi, U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie and former Honolulu City Councilman Arnold Morgado.
Under federal tax law, charities like the Kamehameha Schools can lose their tax-exempt status for making political contributions.
In the early 1990s the trust also hired a pollster, QMark Research & Polling, to conduct political research in the districts of their biggest legislative supporters, including former state House Speaker Joe Souki and former state Sens. Holt, Ige, Robert Herkes, Donna Ikeda and Whitney Anderson.
The estate's former trustees had argued that the polls were conducted to gauge public sentiment on controversial issues such as land use and leasehold reform in those districts.
But Watada noted that the polls also asked specific questions about candidates the trustees supported.
The polls were delivered to the legislators in unmarked envelopes in an apparent attempt to conceal their source, he added.
Neither the trust nor the candidates declared the polls as campaign contributions as required by law. A poll is considered a campaign contribution if its findings are shared with a limited number of candidates and if its value exceeds $1,000.
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OPEN LETTER TO SENATOR DAVID IGE REGARDING HIS REFUSAL TO SET UP COMMITTEE MEETING ON HAWAII SENATE RESOLUTION SCR 191 ON ASPARTAME
By Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Mission Possible International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
Web Site: http://www.mpwhi.com
Posted: 05 May 2008
This is a letter published with the permission of Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder of Mission Possible International to Hawaii Senate Health Chair, Sen. David Ige, who although signed the Hawaii Senate Resolution asking FDA to rescind approval for aspartame, ended up in fact never scheduling it for the obligatory hearing in his Senate Health Committee, thus killing the Resolution that he had signed with ten other Senate Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs!...
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David Ige is expected to testify regarding his business, professional, political, and personal relationships with Milton Holt, Kamehameha Schools, Dee Jay Mailer, Henry Peters, P&C Insurance Co., Nathan Aipa, Gilbert Tam, William McCorriston, Robin Campaniano, AIG Hawaii, Gerard Jervis, Francis Keala, Alika Thompson, Nam Snow, William S. Richardson, Michael Chun, Rodney Park, Colleen Wong, Louanne Kam, Randall Chang, Lyn Anzai, Earl Anzai, Lawrence Goya, Lyn Anzai, Guido Giacometti, Susan Tius, Sukamto Sia, Neil Hannahs, Rockne Freitas, Robert Katz, Matt Tsukazaki, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mark McConaghy, McKenzie Methane, Ben Cayetano, Hamilton McCubbin, Federal Insurance Co. (Chubb Group), Marsh & McLennan, Rocco Sansone, Peter Lowe, Marsh & McLennan, Rey Graulty, John Mullen Company, Yukio Takemoto, Robert Herkes, James Aki, Danny Kihano, Robert Bunda, Farella Braun & Martell LLP, Susan Chun Oakland, Marshall Ige, Calvin Say, Terrance Tom, Norman Mizuguchi, Robert Bunda, Joe Tanaka, Renton Nip, James Ahloy, Colbert Matsumoto, Michael Tanoue, Benjamin Matsubara, Douglas Ing, Kenneth Hipp, Benjamin Kudo**, R. Brian Tsujimura, Benjamin Cayetano, David C. Farmer, Judge Barry Kurren, Judge Kevin Chang, Judge Patrick Yim, University of Hawaii, Mufi Hannemann, Michael Seabright, Steven Alm, James Nicholson, Judge Karen Radius, Judge Rey Graulty, David Matsuura, and others to be named upon discovery.
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