Hawaii lobbyists fined for failing to register

Hawaii lobbyists fined for failing to register

HONOLULU (AP) - A foundation funded by Hawaii developers and its executive director have each agreed to pay $2,000 fines to settle allegations they failed to register with the state Ethics Commission as lobbyists.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports David Arakawa is the executive director of the Land Use Research Foundation and lobbied on its behalf between 2008 and 2014 without registering himself or the foundation.

Also, according to an Ethics Commission report issued Monday, neither Arakawa nor the foundation filed lobbying expenditure and contribution reports during that period as required by law.

According to the commission, Arakawa appeared to have "genuinely misunderstood the law," and fully cooperated with commission staff, immediately registering as a lobbyist when told of the delinquencies.

Arakawa declined to comment to the newspaper about the commission's action.

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