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Kristin Izumi-Nitao

The state's campaign spending watchdog is trying to make it easier for voters to follow the money

By Mark Coleman

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 08, 2014

~~<p>Kristin Izumi-Nitao is executive director of the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission, which especially during election season commands attention for its role in making sure the many political candidates &mdash; this year in Hawaii there are 298 of them in the primary &mdash; comply with laws intended to ensure the integrity and transparency of the campaign finance process.</p>
<p>Overseen by five commissioners, including the current chairman, attorney G. William Snipes of Maui, the commission pursues that mission by &quot;enforcing the law, educating the public, administering public financing,and training campaign committees in order to encourage timely compliance,&quot; according to its website. In a sense, it's somewhat of a policing body, and Izumi-Nitao's background would seem to make her well suited for the job.</p>
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Kristin Izumi-Nitao is executive director of the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission, which especially during election season commands attention for its role in making sure the many political candidates — this year in Hawaii there are 298 of them in the primary — comply with laws intended to ensure the integrity and transparency of the campaign finance process.

Overseen by five commissioners, including the current chairman, attorney G. William Snipes of Maui, the commission pursues that mission by "enforcing the law, educating the public, administering public financing,and training campaign committees in order to encourage timely compliance," according to its website. In a sense, it's somewhat of a policing body, and Izumi-Nitao's background would seem to make her well suited for the job. Login for more...



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