Section 6-1112. Prohibitions --
2. Political Activities.
(a) No person in the civil service shall (1) use official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with an election or affecting the result thereof; (2) use official authority or influence to coerce the political action of any person or party; (3) be obliged to contribute to any political fund or to render any political service, nor shall such person be removed or otherwise prejudiced for refusing to do so; (4) solicit or receive any political contribution from any officer or employee or from any person in any city building or from any person receiving any benefit under any law of the State appropriating funds for relief or public assistance; or (5) discriminate in favor of or against any officer or employee on account of any political contribution.
Section 6-1112. Prohibitions --
3. Other Prohibited Activities.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any candidate for election to any public office or for any public officer or employee, any portion of whose compensation is paid by the city directly or indirectly, to solicit or assess any contribution or assessment for any political purpose whatever from any member in the civil service.
(c) No person shall, in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties by any officer or employee, solicit in any manner whatever or receive any contribution of money or other things of value from any officer or employee for any political purpose whatever.
(d) No officer or employee shall discharge, promote or demote or, in any manner, change the status or compensation of any other officer or employee or promise or threaten so to do for giving or withholding or neglecting to make any contribution of money or other things of value for any political purpose whatever.
(e) No officer or employee shall directly or indirectly hand over to any other officer or employee any money or other things of value on account of or to be applied to the promotion of any political object whatever.
(f) No officer or employee shall discharge, promote or demote or, in any manner, change the status or compensation of any other officer or employee or promise or threaten so to do because of the political or religious actions or beliefs of such other officer or employee or for the failure of such other officer or employee to take any political action for any political purpose whatever or to advocate or fail to advocate the candidacy of any person seeking an elective office.
Sec. 3-8.6 Additional standards of conduct concerning campaign contributions and campaign assistance.
(a) This section applies to the conduct of an exempt officer or employee. This section is additional to the prohibitions of Section 6-1112(2) and (3) of the revised charter, both of which are directed
at an officer or employee in the civil service.
(b) For the purpose of this section:
"Campaign assistance" means any service, including donating time or anything of value, to assist:
(1) The campaign of a person seeking nomination or election to a public office;
(2) The effort to:
(A) Place a question on an election ballot; or
(B) Approve or reject a question which is on an election ballot;
(3) The effort to recall an officer; or
(4) The activities of a political party or campaign committee by:
(A) Serving as a member;
(B) Soliciting members;
(C) Performing administrative or other duties;
(D) Raising funds;
(E) Campaigning for the political party's or campaign committee's candidate or position on an issue; or
(F) Volunteering on a campaign or campaign committee.
"Campaign committee" means a "committee" as defined under HRS Section 11-191.
"Campaign contribution" means a "contribution" as defined under HRS Section 11-191.
"Exempt officer or employee" means an officer or employee exempt from the civil service pursuant to Section 6-1103, Section 6-1104, or any other provision of the revised charter.
"Officer or employee" means:
(1) An officer or employee within the definition of "officers and employees" under Section 3-8.1; and
(2) For the purpose of this section, an independent contractor with the city, whether or not contracted pursuant to competitive bidding procedures, and including, without limitation, a municipal bond dealer.
"Political party" means the same as defined under HRS Section 11-61.
(c) An exempt officer or employee shall not:
(1) Coerce, demand, or otherwise require a campaign contribution or campaign assistance from another officer or employee;
(2) Deny employment to a person who will not agree, as a condition of the employment, to:
(A) Make a campaign contribution or request a campaign contribution from another person; or
(B) Render campaign assistance or request another person to render campaign assistance;
(3) Discharge, demote, decrease the compensation of, harass, or otherwise punish another officer or employee because that officer or employee:
(A) Refused to make a campaign contribution or render campaign assistance when requested or demanded by the exempt officer or employee or a third person;
(B) Sought or received an advisory opinion from the ethics commission on a possible violation of this subsection; or
(C) Filed with a public agency or officer a complaint alleging a violation of this subsection;
(4) Promise or threaten to discharge, demote, decrease the compensation of, harass, or otherwise punish another officer or employee unless that officer or employee:
(A) Makes a campaign contribution or renders campaign assistance as requested or demanded by the exempt officer or employee or a third person;
(B) Refrains from seeking an advisory opinion from the ethics commission on a possible violation of this subsection; or
(C) Refrains from filing with a public agency or officer a complaint alleging a violation of this subsection;
(5) Promote or increase the compensation of another officer or employee because that officer or employee made a campaign contribution or rendered campaign assistance when requested or demanded by the exempt officer or employee or a third person;
(6) Solicit or request a specified or minimum campaign contribution amount from another officer or employee;
(7) Request another officer or employee to provide a specified or minimum amount of campaign assistance; or
(8) Solicit or receive any campaign contribution from a person, including another officer or employee, in a building or facility during its use for official city functions.
An exempt officer or employee also shall not request or direct another exempt officer or employee to engage in an activity prohibited under this subsection.
(d) The activities prohibited under subsection (c) shall not preclude an exempt officer or employee from:
(1) Voting as the exempt officer or employee chooses;
(2) Voluntarily expressing an opinion on any political candidate, question, or issue;
(3) Voluntarily serving as a member of a political party, campaign committee, or other political organization;
(4) Voluntarily making a campaign contribution or rendering campaign assistance; or
(5) Voluntarily soliciting or requesting a campaign contribution or campaign assistance from another person, so long as the solicitation or request does not violate subsection (c).
(e) An exempt officer or employee who violates any provision of subsection (c) shall be guilty of a petty misdemeanor. The prosecution of a violation pursuant to this subsection shall be commenced within two years after commitment of the violation. No violation shall be prosecuted after the expiration of the two-year period. The prosecuting attorney shall be responsible for prosecution of a violation. If the prosecuting attorney becomes disqualified, the state attorney general shall have the responsibility for prosecution. The penalty of this subsection shall be in addition to the penalty provided under Section 3-8.5(a). Both penalties may be imposed for the same violation.