Wednesday, April 18, 2001

City & County of Honolulu

Mansho pays one
$40,000 campaign fine

Her compliance ends the
campaign spending case

Star-Bulletin staff

City Councilwoman Rene Mansho has paid a $40,000 fine levied against her by the state Campaign Spending Commission.

Bob Watada, commission executive director, said yesterday that all charges against Mansho will be tossed out because she complied with the commission's orders.

"The fine has been paid," Watada said.

Mansho, who has already been stripped of her Council duties and ordered to pay another $40,000 to the city Ethics Commission, admitted to using her city staff to conduct campaign work during city business hours on city property from 1989 to 2000.

Watada had said she used her campaign money for "a wide range of personal expenses, including travel, meals, UH season football tickets, Christmas parties, Council coffee clubs, seminars, library fines and other expenses unrelated to her campaign for office."

Mansho is also facing a recall effort as voters in her Leeward district have started a petition drive to remove her from office.

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