Hawaii Reps. Awana, Carroll Fined for Campaign Spending Violations

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The Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission slapped state Rep. Karen Awana with a $6,800 fine Wednesday after she failed to report contributions and expenditures or respond to the office's requests for more information.

The commission, gathered for its monthly meeting, had considered criminal action but decided to handle the repeat offender administratively. Last summer, the commission fined Awana $1,900 for improperly filing her reports.

"This has been a troubling case because there seems to be a pattern in practice," said G. William Snipes, the commission's vice chair.

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