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Tuesday, March 13, 2001

Schools lawyer offers

The Spending Commission
is seeing if trustees illegally
helped campaigns

Star-Bulletin staff

An attorney for Kamehameha Schools has offered to settle claims made against the charitable trust by the state Campaign Spending Commission.

The commission is looking into whether the former trustees of the schools illegally helped the campaign activities of dozens of local politicians.

"We're investigating and they have offered to settle this," said Robert Watada, commission executive director. "We're considering it."

Watada said he was approached about the settlement by Mel Miyagi, an independent attorney working for Kamehameha Schools.

Miyagi declined to comment, as did spokesman Kekoa Paulsen.

Watada refused to say specifically what the commission is investigating. "Obviously, we're looking at contributions and expenditures, and the reporting of contributions and expenditures," Watada said. "That's what we do."

However, as the Star-Bulletin reported last year, the commission is looking into a number of allegations, including charges that the trustees did polling and helped sell fund-raiser tickets for candidates.

The state attorney general's office sent the commission more than a dozen boxes containing records gathered during its criminal investigation of the estate and its former board members.

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