In its latest report released Monday the State Campaign Spending Commission listed 43 individuals who have filed to use partial public funding for their election campaigns. This is about 14% of the 296 candidates who are running for a Hawaii office in 2016.
The League of Women Voters is delighted so many candidates have responded to this opportunity. We support effective campaign spending controls, limitations on contributions and expenditures, and indirect and direct public financing of campaigns. All of these are part of Hawaii’s Partial Public Financing program.
Ann Shaver, League President stated, “Hopefully all 43 candidates will follow through to actually participate in this progressive program, and others will also file to use these funds.”
Shaver praised the Campaign Commission, which makes more information about the partial public funding program available to candidates and the general public. “Ballots are currently being mailed to voters in advance of the August 13 election date. We encourage voters to consider how candidates pay their campaign expenses, in order to make a fully-informed election choice.”
The public can view reports about candidate spending to see the source and amount of money being expended by candidates, and take advantage of a visualization app to better understand candidate spending: www.hawaii.gov/campaign/. The League provides other current voter information on our website, including candidate statements.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more election information, visit www.lwv-hawaii.com.