Wednesday, November 11, 1998

Lingle wants to
end campaign
spending dispute

The GOP candidate exceeded the
voluntary expenditure ceiling

By Richard Borreca


Maui Mayor Linda Lingle appears ready to settle differences with the state Campaign Spending Commission over her failure to notify the body that she was exceeding the voluntary campaign expenditure ceiling.

Campaign '98 Lingle, while a Republican candidate for governor, had promised to stay within the spending limit for the primary and general elections.

She was not within the primary election limit, although her total campaign effort was less than the $2.7 million permitted.

Lingle returned the state money given to her campaign for the primary and was not able to collect any for the general election.

The commission yesterday agreed to require a negotiated settlement after Robert Watada, campaign spending commission executive director, said he continued to believe there was a violation of the campaign spending laws.

The matter had been sent to city Prosecutor Peter Carlisle for action, but he rejected the case, saying there were no criminal violations.

Richard Clifton, the attorney for Lingle and the GOP, said after the meeting yesterday that Lingle had no interest in fighting the matter further and would try to resolve the case.

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