State looking into campaign finance reports

LIHUE — State elections officials say they are looking into why contributions from two fundraisers for state House District 16 incumbent James “Jimmy” Kunane Tokioka did not appear on recent campaign finance reports released earlier this month.  

Campaign finance reports submitted by Tokioka nearly two weeks ago indicated that he received no contributions between Jan. 1 and June 30, but during that same time, Tokioka held two fundraisers on Oahu.

One was held in March at a downtown Honolulu restaurant and another was in June at a private Kahala home, according to campaign fundraising notices. 

Tokioka said Friday it was a clerical mistake.

“An error occurred in getting the electronic log of checks to my treasurer, of which I take full responsibility,” Tokioka wrote in an email. “My records with the Campaign Spending Commission have been updated and are current.”

In all, Tokioka said he raised $30,190 during the six-month campaign contribution period between January and June. 

“I would like to thank the people of District 15 for their unwavering support and am looking forward to the Aug. 9 primary,” Tokioka wrote.

Gary Kam, general counsel for the Campaign Spending Commission, said the state Office of Elections is looking into the matter but declined to comment further. 

The Campaign Spending Commission, Tokioka said, will be reviewing this matter at their next scheduled meeting on Aug. 4.


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