Editorial: A confusing law draws a lot of fines

Sure, we’re accustomed to the story of a stray candidate failing to mind his or her campaign-finance p’s and q’s.

But when dozens of them mess up — more than 80, including non-rookies such as the sitting governor and House speaker — that tells you something: The laws may have become unwieldy.

What’s noteworthy is that a bill to clarify things has not won many friends at the Legislature. Perhaps its advocates should try again in January.

There’s nothing like hitting a bunch of politicos with fines to convince them that the Campaign Spending Commission means to enforce the law, even a confusing one.

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Original published: 2018-09-14 10:05:00 Read the full Hawaii News here

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