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Abercrombie questions Hannemann visit to fundraising event

Mayor Mufi Hannemann Mayor Mufi Hannemann
Neil Abercrombie Neil Abercrombie

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie is asking why Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, his Democratic rival in the governor's race, would return money from a fundraiser if it was a legitimate event. The former congressman questioned the mayor's attendance last week at a Pittsburgh fundraising event.

"It was not a meet-and-greet session. It was a fundraiser organized and run by a rail transit consultant. But why would money collected be returned if it were a legitimate event as the mayor claimed?" said Abercrombie in a statement.

Abercrombie wants to know why Hannemann made the personal side trip to the fundraiser during an official city trip to Washington, whether he gave the Campaign Spending Commission proper notice of the fundraiser, and why an official city press release said the mayor was in Washington when he was campaigning in Pittsburgh.

Hannemann has said he won't accept contributions from the fundraiser.

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