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Thursday, October 01, 2009
FOI Request Reveals Millions Spent on PR Campaign for Honolulu Rail
HonoluluAdvertiser.com reports $5.6 million have been spent on a public information campaign for a planned Honolulu rail project, with $3 million of the spending occurring since June 30, 2008. Critics say the campaign went beyond public information to advocacy and lobbying efforts in advance of the November 2008 vote on the rail project. The East Kapolei to Ala Moana rail project passed by a 51 percent to 46 percent margin.
The spending was disclosed in response to an August 27 FOI request by The Advertiser. Get the full report here.