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Commission fines Berg $250, clears him of more serious charge

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:20 a.m. HST, Nov 02, 2012

The state Campaign Spending Commission fined Honolulu City Councilman Tom Berg $250 today for two minor violations but dismissed another charge against him that could have cost him more than $28,000.

Commission members voted 3-0 to sustain charges that his campaign committee: failed to report four contributions totaling $325; and failed to disclose the purchase of a voter email list for $376.89.

The commission fined Berg $125 for each violation after the Councilman declared he is “broke.” The commission staff had recommended he be fined $250 for each of the violations.

Berg blamed the errors on former staffer and campaign supporter Eric Ryan, who brought the complaint before the commission.

The commission also voted to dismiss a third charge by Ryan alleging that Berg’s council staff worked on election activities while on city time and should have been reported as such. Ryan estimated the cost of those “in-kind” contributions at $28,646.

Berg likely would have been ordered to reimburse the city for that amount if he had been found in violation.

Last month, the commission fined Berg $250 for accepting 24 T-shirts.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
Berg should have followed the Nestor Garcia Model....much better ROI.
on November 1,2012 | 04:47PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Did Nestor have a consequence for his blatant conflict?
on November 1,2012 | 05:26PM
Truther wrote:
on November 1,2012 | 10:52PM
Wahiawamauka wrote:
Wow. $700 bucks and they go after him????? If you ask me, half the city council should be in jail for corruption. A bunch of half wits.
on November 1,2012 | 05:35PM
kainalu wrote:
This guy Eric Ryan - where's the pics? Isn't he the same guy that had something going sour with Kymberly Pine too?
on November 1,2012 | 06:16PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Yea.... A lot of political wackos in ewa beach nowadays.
on November 1,2012 | 07:07PM
soundofreason wrote:
No, THIS Ryan is the one who's successfully avoided being served for his HOA fees due. Wait I was wrong - It ALL the SAME Eric Ryan in all instances. Well rounded kinda guy I guess.
on November 1,2012 | 07:39PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Bottom line Berg found Guilty.
on November 1,2012 | 09:54PM
Truther wrote:
Bottom line - he's got my vote.
on November 1,2012 | 10:53PM
Kokoy wrote:
Eric Ryan = rat
on November 1,2012 | 10:27PM
Truther wrote:
Eric, please disappear under the rock you came from. Adios.
on November 1,2012 | 10:54PM
BluesBreaker wrote:
Nutcase and ethically challenged loudmouth, councilmember Berg suffers one last indignity before he is ushered out of office. Good riddance!
on November 1,2012 | 10:41PM
Truther wrote:
Sad thing is, he's most ethical of the bunch, but since he rocks the boat he's under the microscope. I credit him and Ben and a few others for saving us Billions from being wasted on the rail.
on November 1,2012 | 10:57PM
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