ACCORDING TO JOURNALIST SCOTT MAXWELL OF THE ORLANDO SENTINEL, FL ATTORNEY GENERAL PAM BONDI ATTENDED THE CONFERENCE FOR WESTERN ATTORNEY GENERALS (July 10-13, 2011.)
Journalist Maxwell wrote:
Bondi wasn’t even in the state.
She was in Kona, Hawaii.
Bondi was attending a meeting of the Conference of Western Attorneys General, an organization comprised of “the chief legal officers of 15 Western states and three Pacific territories.” (Someone needs a new map.)
Bondi’s staff said taxpayers paid only the conference’s $625 registration fee.
Before Bondi makes another trip to Hawaii, she needs to provide better answers about what’s happening in her office here in Florida — and make things right.
And the state needs to stop the revolving door that taxpayers not only fund, but which often ends up smacking them in the face.
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CWAG Hawaii Event Website (July 10 – 13, 2011)
(The website introduction states:) The Conference of Western Attorneys General, CWAG Chair New Mexico Attorney General Gary King and Hawaii Attorney General David Louie invite you to the 2011 CWAG Annual Meeting in Kona, Hawaii. Join your colleagues as CWAG explores the most pertinent legal issues during the days and the evenings enjoying the tropical paradise of Hawaii at our social events.
The information in the website includes travel tips and hotel information to facilitate early air and hotel arrangements.
We hope to see you in Hawaii!
ONE OF THE MANY IMPORTANT EVENTS OF THE CWAG HAWAII CONFERENCE THAT PAM BONDI FELT COMPELLED TO ATTEND…
Sunday, July 10
8:00 am – 1:30 pm Attorneys General and Family Catamaran Snorkel Sail
(AG’s and AG Families Only — Closed to Public)
Some of the other very important events include cooking training, photography training, henna tattoos, fitness training…
Some of the noteworthy speakers/topics: (Hint: not one word about fraudulent foreclosures/ fraudulent docs in land and court records/ investigating crooked mill attorneys, etc…or did I miss something..?)
Alliance Partnership Briefing
(AG Staff only — Closed to Public)
Alliance Partnership staff will provide an overview
of the Alliance Partnership Program and details on the
international component which has 31 State Attorneys
General Offices in the United States, Mexico’s Federal
Attorneys General Office (PGR) and all the State Attorneys
General Offices in Mexico collaborating in the training of
Investigators, Forensic Scientists, Prosecutors and Judges
The Future of Agriculture — Can the World’s Food
Needs Be Met?
• Scott S. Partridge, Vice President for Global Strategy,
Futuristic Uses of Wireless Technologies
• Tammi Terrell, Vice President and General Manager —
San Diego/Nevada/Hawaii, AT&T
Enhancing State Revenues and Increasing Efficiency
Detecting Fraudulent Tax Returns
• Andy Bucholz, Director of Market Planning, LexisNexis
Risk Data Solutions
Improving the Contracting Process —
A Business Viewpoint
• Steve Calkins, Senior Vice President,
Business Solutions Division, Office Depot, Inc.
Commerce and Taxes in New and E Marketplaces:
Current State Tax Issues from New Business Models
• Rick Salzman, Executive Vice President
and General Counsel, TracFone
• Laurie Smalling, Director Business Strategy, Public
Affairs and Government Relations, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
• April Ammeter Sakane, Vice President and Associate
General Counsel, DIRECTV
• Mark Schichtel, Senior Vice President
and Chief Tax Officer, Time Warner Cable
• Braden Cox, Director, State Public Policy, Amazon
Protecting Intellectual Property
Moderator: Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna
• Brad Smith, Senior Vice President and General
Debt Collection Initiatives
Moderator: Massachusetts Attorney General
• Fred Blitt, President, National Association
of Retail Collection Attorneys
• Richard Munroe, President, Debt Buyers Association
• Gary Portney, President, Convoke Systems, Inc.