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Cachola should have known better


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 19, 2014

~~<p>Candidates and elected officials are allowed to raise money to advance their political campaigns, which should be firmly grounded in public service. Campaign war chests are not intended to personally enrich a candidate, or to finance their everyday expenses. When candidates misuse their supporters' contributions, they confirm voters' worst suspicions about the political process in general and fuel a distrust that serves to undermine participatory democracy.</p>
<p>Campaign-spending violations, therefore, are a big deal, a sign of corruption that must be rooted out. Veteran Democrat Romy Cachola may claim that infractions discovered by the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission were unintentional on his part, but that defense is hard to fathom, given his long experience on the Honolulu City Council and in the state House. Cachola should be well versed in the rules regarding the proper reporting and expenditure of campaign contributions. Friends of Romy Cachola, the campaign fund, is intended to keep the man in office, not pay for his day-to-day life.</p>
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Candidates and elected officials are allowed to raise money to advance their political campaigns, which should be firmly grounded in public service. Campaign war chests are not intended to personally enrich a candidate, or to finance their everyday expenses. When candidates misuse their supporters' contributions, they confirm voters' worst suspicions about the political process in general and fuel a distrust that serves to undermine participatory democracy.

Campaign-spending violations, therefore, are a big deal, a sign of corruption that must be rooted out. Veteran Democrat Romy Cachola may claim that infractions discovered by the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission were unintentional on his part, but that defense is hard to fathom, given his long experience on the Honolulu City Council and in the state House. Cachola should be well versed in the rules regarding the proper reporting and expenditure of campaign contributions. Friends of Romy Cachola, the campaign fund, is intended to keep the man in office, not pay for his day-to-day life. Login for more...



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