Maui mayor ac­cused of break­ing cam­paign laws

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - LOCAL -

WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa is ac­cused of break­ing cam­paign spend­ing laws by mis­rep­re­sent­ing more than $6,000 in ad­ver­tise­ments that his cam­paign bought.

The Hawaii Cam­paign Spend­ing Com­mis­sion claims Arakawa’s cam­paign char­ac­ter­ized the funds as ad­ver­tise­ments, although they were re­ally char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions to non­prof­its. The com­mis­sion states that cam­paigns are al­lowed to give up to $8,000 in char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions. But they’re not al­lowed to mis­rep­re­sent the do­na­tions as cam­paign ex­penses.

Arakawa went be­fore the com­mis­sion on Wed­nes­day to de­fend him­self against the al­le­ga­tions. He says his cam­paign never did any­thing to in­ten­tion­ally get away from the rules.

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