By Derrick DePledge
The Pacific Resource Partnership, in addition to apologizing to former Gov. Ben Cayetano for a negative advertising campaign during the mayor's race in 2012, will donate $100,000 to the University of Hawaii Medical School and $25,000 to the Hawaiian Humane Society in Cayetano's name.
The agreement settles a defamation lawsuit that Cayetano filed against PRP shortly before his election defeat. Cayetano lost to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
The former governor had argued that PRP's negative ads unfairly tarnished his reputation.
PRP is a consortium of union carpenters and private contractors. The group favored the city's rail project, which Cayetano had vowed to block if he was elected mayor.
John White, PRP's executive director, has written a letter to Cayetano that includes the apology and the donation pledge. The letter will appear as an ad in Sunday's Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
From the letter:
During the course of the 2012 Honolulu mayoral campaign, Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP) paid for a widespread media campaign regarding former Governor Benjamin J. Cayetano. Governor Cayetano believes that these radio and television advertisements gave many the impression that Governor Cayetano personally had broken the law or acted corruptly. To the extent any viewer or listener reached that conclusion, PRP apologizes to Governor Cayetano.
PRP commends Governor Cayetano for his long record of public service to the State of Hawaii. In recognition of Governor Cayetano's service to the community, PRP will donate $100,000 to the University of Hawaii Medical School and $25,000 to the Hawaiian Humane Society in his name.