Maui News - Democratic South Maui state House candidate Mark Kaniela Ing is facing new accusations by the Hawai'i Republican Party that he violated campaign finance laws when reporting contributions and expenses for the August primary election.
The GOP filed a complaint late last week with the state Campaign Spending Commission against Ing, who is running against incumbent Republican Rep. George Fontaine.
It accuses The Friends of Kaniela Ing of "numerous violations of campaign spending law" and follows a similar complaint the party filed in August against the first-time candidate.
"By no means did I mean to deceive the commission or did we falsify any information on purpose," he said. Ing said that he needed to see the complaint in order to address the specific challenges.
Fontaine denied having any involvement with the complaint.
Hawai'i Republican Party Vice Chairman Boyd Ready, who filed the complaint on behalf of the GOP, said in a statement: "Ing knew he was under scrutiny after the first complaint, but instead of cleaning up his act he committed new violations of Hawai'i campaign spending laws."
"If we stick to the facts, our representative has passed zero laws and secured zero dollars while in office," Ing said, referring to Fontaine. "These smear tactics, which my opponent used in his last election, just divert the public attention away from his lack of results."
Gary Kam, general counsel for the Campaign Spending Commission, said neither of the GOP's two complaints will be taken up at the commission's regular monthly meeting in October because the agenda is already "packed."