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Maui Democratic congressional candidate accused of violating campaign-spending laws

September 6, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Hawai'i Reporter/The Maui News - The Hawai'i Republican Party filed a complaint Aug. 30 with the Hawai'i Campaign Spending Commission against "Friends of Kaniela Ing."

Taken entirely from "Friends of Kaniela Ing" campaign-spending reports, Ing campaign event announcements and other public information, the 19-page complaint asks the commission to sanction House District 11 candidate Mark Kaniela Ing for numerous violations of campaign spending law. The GOP charges that Ing used illegal campaign contributions to obtain public funding; took more than $5,900 in cash from his own committee without appropriate receipts or descriptions; held fundraisers without notice; and failed to report expenses for fundraisers.

The number of infractions and the disregard for Hawai'i campaign spending laws supports over $14,000 in fines that may be imposed under law, according to the complaint. State law says that: "Any person who knowingly or intentionally falsifies any report required by this part with the intent to circumvent the law or deceive the commission ... shall be guilty of a class C felony."

Ing released a written statement Saturday contending that the Republican complaint against his campaign was an effort to smear him.

"I am disappointed that the Hawai'i Republican Party and Rep. [George] Fontaine have stooped to the type of clearly false, negative attacks that big money special interests are using all over the country," he said.



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