Campaign spending commission rules Manahan expenses are legal

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii State Campaign Commission has ruled that spending on food and drinks by a candidate for Honolulu City Council were campaign-related and didn't break any laws.

The commission had looked into the spending by Joey Manahan, who listed more than $29,000 in food and beverage expenses. After a review, Campaign Spending Commission Director Kristen Izumi-Nitao said, "We issued a letter to his campaign. Upon review of our records and discussion with his Chairperson Mary Ann Manahan, we were able to substantiate his campaign related expenses."

Manahan is a three-term state representative and was Vice Speaker of the House in the last legislative session. He is now running for the District 7 seat on the city council, which is being vacated by Romy Cachola, who cannot run again because of term limits.

"I was confident that all our expenditures would be justified as being campaign-related," Manahan said in a statement. "We keep detailed records of all our transactions, and we report everything so as to be transparent. It's hard work raising funds for campaign, so we are very careful on how we spend it."

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