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Hi Mr. Say,

Thank-you for your prompt response.

I agree that we should not cut funding from other programs in order to pay for fair elections. Since so many wealthy individuals and corporations are already spending so much money on political campaigns, I would propose that we tax every individual and corporation above a certain threshold. I have heard estimate as low as $7 per person to fully fund elections publicly. Now I don’t have to be as rich as the next guy to have as much influence in the political process.

Since this would actually save people and corporations the millions of dollars they would have spent on politicians and campaigns, the net overall effect to our economy will be positive and create jobs. Not to mention the democratizing effects of having our politicians free from having to constantly fundraise.

Best,

Brian Bell


From: Calvin Sa
Sent: Thu, October 14, 2010 8:24:54 AM
Subject: RE: Please Support Fair Elections

Dear Mr. Bell:

Please find below my response to the Voter Owned Hawaii candidate pledge request.  The response was e-mailed to Voter Owned Hawaii on October 11th.

I’m sorry that I could not agree to the pledge at this time.  My response provides the reasons.  When the budgetary situation improves in the future, I will re-consider my position.

Sincerely,
Calvin K.Y. Say


MY RESPONSE TO THE VOTER OWNED HAWAII CANDIDATE PLEDGE REQUEST:

From: calvinsay
To: kory
Subject: RE: Sign the Fair Elections Pledge for the Economy & Environment
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2010 17:48:38 -1000

Dear Mr. Payne:

I’m sorry, but at this time I cannot sign your pledge on public funded campaigns.

Because of the Great Recession, the State of Hawaii has many higher priorities needing state funding than campaigns.  During the past two years, the Legislature has had to make difficult decisions allocating scarce state funds among many worthy programs.  At this time, I prefer funding services and programs that are essential to public health, safety, and education or promote job growth.

When the budgetary situation improves, and if I am still in office, I will re-consider your pledge.

Calvin K.Y. Say


Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 17:29:43 -0700
From: Brian Bell
Subject: Please Support Fair Elections
To: calvinsay

Aloha Mr. Say,

I tried to reach you by phone, but could not get through so I thought I would email you.

According to Voter Owned Hawaii’s candidate pledge website you have not pledged to support a law to create a comprehensive public funding system for Hawaii’s elections. As you know, it is imperative that we get money out of politics so people vote with their voices and not with their pockets. One person = one vote, this is the foundation of a functional democracy.

As your constituent I hope that you will support Voter Owned Hawaii and Common Cause’s efforts in this matter.

Best,
Brian Bell
Honolulu, HI 96816

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