That’s quite some spin on it. Ing admitted wrongdoing.
Well, we can always look at the bright side, he’d fit right in.
The state Campaign Spending Commission has filed a complaint against South Maui state Rep. Kaniela Ing for allegedly failing to disclose more than $100,000 in campaign contributions and expenditures.
The commission filed its complaint Tuesday and lists 31 counts of campaign spending violations. The violations include filing false reports, accepting excessive contributions and using his campaign funds for personal expenses.
Over a period of five and a half years, Ing allegedly failed to disclose $28,915.72 in contributions and $87,559.89 in expenditures — which was about 62 percent of his total expenditures.
The commission subpoenaed Ing’s bank records dating from May 2011 to December 2016. Based on a staff review of the bank records and Ing’s reports to the commission around the same time period, all 23 reports were “not true, complete and accurate,” according to the complaint.
“It’s serious,” Izumi-Nitao said in a phone call Thursday. “Think of 23 consecutive reports that did not accurately report his contributions and expenditures, which amounted to a lot of money. Had we not subpoenaed the bank accounts we would not have known how serious these counts were.”
Bank records showed Ing used his campaign accounts to pay rent to landlords on Oahu and Maui for $750 and $625, respectively, according to the complaint. Another $219.55 transfer was used to pay a VISA bill for his domestic partner Khara Jabola-Carolus.
"All three transfers were made Oct. 4, 2016, from one of Ing’s campaign accounts with Bank of Hawaii, according to the complaint. The withdrawal slip initially had Ing’s personal account, but that information was crossed out and replaced with the campaign account.
Other findings in the complaint included Ing’s arrest for failing to appear in court for a vehicle insurance violation in 2016. Ing reportedly called commission staff asking if he could use campaign funds to pay for legal fees, which he was told he could not. …"
I don’t live in HI, it’s up to the voters there, but I suspect this has torpedoed Ing’s budding political career.