By Derrick DePledge
The state Campaign Spending Commission agreed Wednesday to assess a $1,000 fine on Progressive Hawaii Now for failing to keep records, bringing the total fine imposed on the group for campaign-finance violations to $3,300.
The commission had voted in September to assess $2,300 in fines for failure to timely file campaign-finance reports, an excess contribution, a false report, unauthorized campaign spending, and failure to amend an organizational report.
The committee, led by Kory Payne, an advocate for public financing of elections, only reported receiving a few thousand dollars and was not a major player in any political campaign.
The commission imposed the additional fine Wednesday after Payne did not respond to requests for more records.
*Update: Payne said he and other advocates believe money in politics is the biggest problem. He said lawmakers had not responded to citizens, so he thought lawmakers might respond to a political action committee.
"So we experimented with a PAC," Payne said. "And there was no staff, it was all volunteer. And we basically messed up the financial reporting, even though none of the funds were misused."