State Rep. Romy Cachola has agreed to pay almost $2,500 in fines and personally reimburse his campaign account over $32,000 following an eight-month investigation by the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission.
The commission on Thursday unanimously approved a seven-page conciliation agreement negotiated with Cachola’s attorney, Michael Green.
“I think both sides probably left some money on the table,” Green said, adding that he appreciated the commission’s professionalism in working out a fair settlement.
Attorney Michael Green, foreground, looks at the agenda during the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission meeting on July 31, 2014.
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The commission had charged Cachola with failing to reimburse his campaign account for the personal use of a Nissan Pathfinder he bought with campaign funds in 2008 and improper expenditures he classified as “public relations” and “food and beverages.”
Cachola’s campaign spending reports show he made 40 expenditures to people totaling $2,774 for “public relations” between January 2011 and December 2013, including $50 to Rep. Rida Cabanilla on Jan. 29, 2012.
The reports show he spent $9,194 on “food and beverages” during the same period at places ranging from Zippy’s and Little Village to Ruth’s Chris Steak House and the Honolulu Country Club.
Hawaii state Rep. Romy Cachola, D-Sand Island, Kapalama, Kalihi Kai.
Cachola has already reimbursed his campaign account $28,244 of the $32,116 he owes under the agreement, which is 50 percent of all the expenditures at issue in the complaint.
The $2,496 administrative fine breaks down into $1,000 for failing to keep records, plus 25 percent of all the improper expenditures, or $1,496.