Do you enjoy inspecting the minutia of modern political campaigns without actually taking part in them?
Do you love reading through stacks of campaign spending reports that are, at best, incomplete and at worst illegible?
Do you like weighing potential conflicts of interests for public officials?
Would you put your reputation on the line by signing on to rulings that most people will never hear about?
Do you love it when nosy reporters call you at home to ask why you made a decision six months earlier that you can’t even recall?
Do you adore working long hours for little recognition and no pay?
If you answered yes to these questions (hell, if you answered yes to ONE of the questions…) then perhaps you might consider submitting your application to either the state Ethics Commission or the state Campaign Spending Commission. Both need volunteers to serve, according to a Mar. 16 news release from the Hawaii Judiciary. The Ethics Commission has one upcoming vacancy while the Campaign Spending Commission has two.
For those who don’t know, the Ethics Commission “addresses ethical issues involving legislators, registered lobbyists, and state employees (with the exception of judges, who are governed by the Commission on Judicial Conduct),” stated the news release. As for the Campaign Spending Commission, that panel “supervise[s] campaign contributions and expenditures.”
Of course, Ethics and Campaign Spending commissioners are prohibited from participating in political campaigns or contributing to candidates or political committees.
Though commissioners are volunteers (unpaid), you can get reimbursed for any travel expenses you incur by traveling to Oahu meetings. What’s more, “applicants must be U. S. citizens, residents of the State of Hawaii and may not hold any other public office.”
The application deadline is Mar. 31. When the application process ends, the Judicial Council will submit a list of potential applicants to Governor David Ige, who will then choose the lucky three.
Got all that? Good. If you’re still interested, here’s how you apply:
“Interested persons should submit an application along with a resume and three letters of recommendation (attesting to the applicant’s character and integrity) postmarked by March 31, 2015.”
Send it to: Judicial Council, Hawaii Supreme Court, 417 S. King Street, Second Floor, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813-2902.
You can also call the Judicial Council at 808-539-4702 for more information.
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