HONOLULU (AP) - A group gathering signatures for an initiative to ban genetically modified organisms on Maui is being criticized for posting private voter information on its website.
The group, called SHAKA Movement, told the Maui News they did not intend to make the information public. They say they wanted to share the information with people gathering signatures to get an anti-GMO county initiative on the November ballot.
Maui County spokesman Rod Antone says he received complaints and also saw his own voter information posted online. The posted information included voters' addresses. Antone says the group corrected its mistake quickly.
SHAKA also was criticized for paying petitioners $5 for each signature they gathered.
SHAKA spokesman Bruce Douglas blames pro-GMO bloggers for hacking into the group's computers to make the voter information public.