Hanabusa Aide May Have Mixed Campaign and Congressional Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the last few weeks, Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa's deputy chief of staff has sent emails to campaign staff and potential political donors that could violate federal campaign finance laws.

One email was first reported by the Washington Post on Saturday and a second was provided to Civil Beat by a source.

Taken together, they raise questions about whether Hanabusa's publicly paid congressional aide has been conducting improper activities for her political campaign. She is in what is shaping up to be a tight race against Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz in the 2014 Democratic primary.

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