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Posted: Friday, May 16th, 2014 11:29 AM HST

Commission says Rep Cachola misused campaign funds

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) The Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission is saying Democratic Rep. Romy Cachola has misused campaign funds.

Commission attorney Gary Kam says Cachola drove a Nissan Pathfinder purchased with campaign funds for non-campaign activities.

Cachola's office referred questions to his attorney Michael Green, who did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Kam says the commission hired an investigator who trailed Cachola for a week in January and saw him driving the vehicle to work and church. Kam says it's unusual for a candidate to buy a car for a campaign.

The Commission has asked Cachola to reimburse the campaign and pay fines totaling nearly $70,000.

They say Cachola also spent excessive amounts on meals and public relations from 2011 to 2013.

The case will be heard on June 18.

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