HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - New fireworks in the governor's race, both men are accusing the other of shady fundraising. Mayor Mufi Hannemann was endorsed by the Hawaii Hotel and Lodging Association on Wednesday, but after the applause, Honolulu's mayor took the time to clear the air about a fundraising event that has him under attack.
Last week, Hannemann announced he was going to Washington DC to discuss federal funding for Oahu's Rail Project. During that trip he stopped in Pittsburgh for a fundraiser. A complaint filed claims that was the main reason for travel.
Hannemann says everything was legitimate, but he still will refuse to take any money raised by the event.
"Everything else associated with that fundraiser was on my own time, was on our own personal campaign and I don't want that getting in the way with charges that have been levied by my opponents, " said Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.
"If the mayor was doing things by the book instead of taking city trips to raise money on the mainland for his governors campaign then he wouldn't be having these problems and be blaming other people," said Neil Abercrombie, candidate for Governor.
Abercrombie claims that the fundraiser was held by a rail consultant, Hannemann says it is a former rail employee. Regardless, Hannemann takes the blame for any mistakes in this case.
But, Hannemann says he's not the one leaving out information. In the last year both he and Abercrombie have had more than 20 fundraisers. All of Abercrombie's paperwork filed with the state lists a single person in charge.
"All you see Neil Abercrombie name and a campaign official named Jack Endo, who are the people responsible for those fundraisers that you've had on the mainland, " said Hannemann.
'My fundraisers have the same name associated with them because I do everything by the book. We have a professional CPA that handles all for campaign activities including fundraisers," said Abercrombie.
The last campaign spending reports were filed in February. At the time Hannemann had $2 million and Abercrombie had $623,000.
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