The Murky Waters of Campaign Finance in Honolulu Mayor's Race

The Pacific Resource Partnership’s political action committee isn’t the only group to use old footage of Honolulu mayoral candidate Kirk Caldwell in a recent television advertisement.

Union-backed Workers for a Better Hawaii also purchased video of Caldwell that it has been using in its own ad that aims to convince voters that former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano is not the best candidate for Honolulu.

Some of the Caldwell footage in the ad is that same as that found in PRP’s most recent TV spot that lauds him for being trustworthy while at the same time targeting Cayetano for accepting illegal campaign contributions and being associated with pay-to-play politics while governor.

Although these correlations continue to raise questions about whether any campaign finance laws have been shirked — everyone involved denies this — the ads also highlight the influence of outside money in the Honolulu mayor's race.

This influence is only expected to grow as the election nears, especially considering recent developments.

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