Honolulu City Council Candidate Joey Manahan spent nearly $30,000 of his campaign’s funds on food and beverages during the first half of 2012, drawing an inquiry from the Campaign Spending Commission.

Keoki Kerr broke news of the probe Friday night for Hawaii News Now, condemning Manahan as a “Rod Tam in training.” Manahan’s camp defended the expenditures, saying the food and drink was purchased for campaign volunteers.

Manahan’s main opponent in the District 7 race, Martin Han, jumped on the news pretty quickly. Han’s campaign sent out an email to reporters early Saturday, saying Manahan’s spending “raises serious questions of his honesty and integrity.”

Read Manahan’s expenditure report here.

Michael Levine