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Hawaii fines more than 80 candidates for finance violations

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HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission has fined more than 80 candidates running for elected office in the state for violating campaign finance laws.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports most of the violations are related to a law requiring candidates to disclose advertisement spending within 24 hours of entering a contract.

According to the commission, about 60 candidates filed late or did not file at all in this year's primary election. The fine for late filing runs $250 and failing to file costs $500.

The commission began enforcing the law on electioneering communications in 2016, but held off on fining candidates and political action committees until this year.

Candidates and PACs - after surpassing $2,000 in advertising spending - must file with the commission each time they contract for a new ad.

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