January 04, 2007
WHO GAVE: Sherilyn A. Morrison
WHO RECEIVED: Mayor Charmaine Tavares
DATE: Oct. 20, 2006
Establishing a hard and fast connection between money donated to a
candidate's campaign and services rendered after the campaign is over
is never straightforward. A good example of this involves Sherilyn A.
Morrison. Throughout 2006, Morrison was a pretty solid contributor to
Charmaine Tavares' bid to unseat Mayor Alan Arakawa. In fact, her $250
donation above ultimately brought her contribution total to a rather
substantial $1,175. And why not? At the time, Morrison was Tavares'
executive assistant and policy analyst. At the very least, it was in
her immediate interests to make sure her boss keeps some kind of post
at the county. A Maui County legislative aide since the Linda Lingle
Administration, Morrison also worked for a while as Arakawa's Budget
Director. "Sheri has held a number of high-level positions in Maui
County government," Tavares said of Morrison in a Dec. 27, 2006 press
release. "Her commitment and capabilities have been demonstrated in
both the legislative and executive branches of government of our county
government." Even if Morrison hadn't given Tavares a dime during the
campaign, it was logical for her to expect a role in the eventual
Tavares Administration. But she ended up giving Tavares a lot more than
a dime. And, incidentally, Tavares ultimately named Morrison to the
very important post of Managing Director—the most powerful post in the
mayor's office outside of Tavares' office.
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