The Pacific Resource Partnership will donate
$125,000 to the University of Hawaii Medical School and the Hawaiian Humane Society
to settle a defamation lawsuit by former Gov. Ben Cayetano, Hawaii News Now has
The pro-rail union and construction industry
group will also issue an apology in a half page advertisement in the Sunday
Honolulu Star-Advertiser for political advertisements it ran attacking Cayetano
during the 2012 mayoral elections.
Those ads accused Cayetano of accepting more
than half a million dollars in illegal campaign donations from government
contractors while serving as governor.
"I think the apology goes a long way to
restore whatever damage was done to my name and I'm very pleased and
satisfied," Cayetano said today.
Cayetano was defeated in the 2012 general
election by Kirk Caldwell. He sued PRP for defamation during the race. Both
Cayetano and former Campaign Spending Commission Executive Director Bob Watada
have described the ads as a smear.
The ad is a copy of a letter to Cayetano from
PRP's Executive Director John White, which states:
"During the course of the 2012 Honolulu
mayoral campaign, Pacific Resource Partnership paid for a widespread campaign
regarding former Gov. Ben Cayetano. Gov. Cayetano believes these radio and
television advertisements gave many the impression that Gov. Cayetano
personally had broken the law or acted corruptly. To the extent any viewer or
listener reached that conclusion, PRP apologizes to Gov. Cayetano."
According to the ad, PRP will donate $100,000
to the UH medical school and $25,000 to the Humane Society. Cayetano is a big
supporter of both organizations.