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Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission amends spending rules

July 14, 2014 - 9:40am

HONOLULU— The state Campaign Spending Commission is changing how political candidates file spending reports.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports candidates will be required to categorize each expenditure in one of eight classifications.

The goal is to make it easier to track how candidate spending.

The eight categories include direct campaign expenses, charitable donations, public school or library donations.

The other five categories are full-time scholarship awards, fundraiser tickets, political party contributions, expenses as an officeholder and mixed benefit expenses.

Commission director Kristin Izumi-Nitao says the system will result in better transparency.

The state Ethics Commission previously had issued guidelines on how legislative allowances can be spent. Senate President Donna Mercado Kim and House Speaker Joe Souki objected and said policing allowances is the responsibility of the Legislature.