Lingle gives back Abramoff-related donations
Gov. Linda Lingle has returned $4,000 in campaign donations connected to Jack Abramoff, the Washington, D.C., lobbyist who pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion charges.
Abramoff donated $3,000 to Lingle's campaign in December 2003. Abramoff's law-lobbying firm, Greenberg Traurig, gave Lingle $1,000 in March 2004.
The Republican governor's campaign spokeswoman, Miriam Hellreich, said yesterday that the money was returned Friday after Lingle's accounts were checked for Abramoff-linked donations.
"There's nothing illegal in any of this," Hellreich said, adding she does not expect the association with Abramoff to hurt Lingle's image.
"Our policy is if any donors admit to a crime, we obviously don't want to accept money from them."
She said Lingle likely received the checks during Washington, D.C., fundraising events.
Hellreich could not say whether Lingle had ever met Abramoff.
Liliha gems on display
State Rep. Corinne W.L. Ching made sure her constituents get to see the beauties of her district by sending them a 2006 calendar that feature photos of "hidden treasures" of Liliha.
"I am excited to unveil this beautiful calendar. Liliha is Honolulu's hidden jewel, and what better way to highlight its hidden treasures than through photographic masterpieces that can be displayed every day of the year?" said Ching (R, Nuuanu-Liliha).
The calendar was designed by John Wingard; Keith Lorenz, former journalist in Asia, wrote the text for the calendar; and Paul Chesley, a National Geographic Society freelance photographer, took the photographs.
"Our Liliha, Honolulu's Hidden Gem," is a 2006 calendar sponsored by state Rep. Corinne Ching and photographed by freelancer Paul Chesley.
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