Mayor hit with cam­paign vi­o­la­tion

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL -

WAILUKU >> 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 skirt the rules. Arakawa’s at­tor­ney, David Minkin, called the al­le­ga­tions a witch hunt. Com­mis­sioner Kenneth Good­e­now says it’s not a crim­i­nal case, and wasn’t “reck­less,” but the com­mis­sion is con­sid­er­ing a $2,000 fine.

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