Rep. James Tokioka has reached a deal with the state to resolve campaign finance charges filed against him for failing to submit a complete and accurate candidate committee report last year.
The Kauai lawmaker has agreed to enter a guilty or no-contest plea, pay $1,000 to the Crime Victim Compensation Fund and publish an apology on his campaign Facebook page. He’s scheduled to appear in Honolulu District Court on Monday.
“The Department of the Attorney General, working in conjunction with the Campaign Spending Commission, determined that Representative Tokioka recklessly filed candidate committee reports that were not complete and accurate,” Attorney General Doug Chin said in a statement late Tuesday.
Rep. James Tokioka, seen here during a legislative hearing Jan. 26, was charged with failing to file complete and accurate campaign finance reports.
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Kristin Izumi-Nitao, executive director of the Campaign Spending Commission, said she’s pleased that the attorney general is ensuring that campaign finance laws are being enforced.
“The Campaign Spending Commission takes these types of violations seriously and will continue to pursue them,” she said in the release.
Tokioka reported not receiving any campaign contributions in his original July 10 filing of his preliminary primary report, which covered Jan. 1 to June 30, 2014.
Tokioka was defending his 15th District seat against Dylan Hooser in the Aug. 9 Democratic primary. Tokioka won by a two-to-one margin in the primary, the closest race he’s had since the first time he ran for the House in 2006.
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