Commission refers complaints to prosecutors

Commission refers complaints to prosecutors

HONOLULU (AP) - The state Campaign Spending Commission referred two complaints to city prosecutors to decide whether criminal charges should be filed for activities in the 2012 mayoral campaign.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports complaints were filed about the Pacific Resource Partnership Political Action Committee.

Former Gov. Ben Cayetano says the PRP PAC schemed to defeat his mayoral candidacy months before it filed as a PAC. He says it didn't report hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses.

Commission Executive Director Kristin Izumi-Nitao says the super PAC failed to report more than $86,000 for money spent to help the 2012 campaigns of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and others.

PRP attorney Leroy Colombe acknowledges that mistakes were made, but he says there was no intent on PRP's part to knowingly hide the expenditures.

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