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Ethics Commission says Aloha United Way unfairly favored

Courtesy: Aloha United Way Facebook page Courtesy: Aloha United Way Facebook page

HONOLULU (AP) - The state Ethics Commission says allowing Aloha United Way to solicit donations from state workers gives the charity an unfair advantage over other nonprofits.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the commission recommends that Aloha United Way should be replaced with campaign that gives state workers more donations options.

They say just offering the one choice violates the state ethics code.

Commission staff members say they get complaints from state workers about favoritism toward Aloha United Way. The group acts as a fundraiser for more than 200 local charities.

Aloha United Way collected more than $9 million last year, with the bulk of the money coming from its state campaign.

The nonprofit allows donors to direct their contributions to specific charities, but most donors don't, so the nonprofit chooses for them.

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