IMPORTANT REMINDER – THE HAWAII CAMPAIGN SPENDING COMMISSION WILL BE FINING ALL CANDIDATE AND NONCANDIDATE COMMITTEES WHO DO NOT HAVE ADVERTISEMENT DISCLAIMERS ON THEIR SIGNS AND BANNERS

Posted on Jul 25, 2018 in Main

IMPORTANT REMINDER

THE HAWAII CAMPAIGN SPENDING COMMISSION WILL BE FINING ALL CANDIDATE AND NONCANDIDATE COMMITTEES WHO DO NOT HAVE ADVERTISEMENT DISCLAIMERS ON THEIR SIGNS AND BANNERS

At its first meeting since Governor David Ige’s July 10th veto of a bill that would have exempted certain committees from having advertisement disclaimers on their signs and banners, the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission (Commission) announced at its July 25, 2018 meeting that all candidate committees and noncandidate committees, including Super PACs and ballot issue committees, must have advertisement disclaimers on their signs and banners, and that failure to have the required disclaimer will result in an administrative fine.

By law, any political advertisement that is broadcast, televised, circulated, published, distributed, or otherwise communicated, including by electronic means, shall:  (1) Contain the name and address of the candidate, candidate committee, noncandidate committee, or other person paying for the advertisement; (2) Contain a notice in a prominent location stating either that the advertisement has not been approved by the candidate or has the approval and authority of the candidate (unless the advertisement was paid for by a candidate, candidate committee, or ballot issue committee); and (3) Not contain false information about the time, date, place, or means of voting.

Because the Primary Election was seventeen days away from the Commission’s July 25th meeting, the Commission voted to delay enforcement of this law to August 20, 2018.  The Commission expressed that compliance was the preferred outcome for purposes of transparency and accountability so that the delay was implemented to encourage corrective action if necessary.  Thus, the Commission urged committees to take the necessary measures now to rectify any advertisements in the community.  After the Primary Election and before August 20th, the Commission advises committees, including candidate committees that won outright or were unsuccessful in the Primary Election, to remove noncompliant signs and banners that are no longer needed.

The Commission’s Executive Director Kristin Izumi-Nitao commented that:  “It is critical that the candidates, committees, and public know who is behind the messages on signs and banners in our community for better and more informed voting.  The 2018 election will continue to be very exciting with 294 candidates running for office, and 268 noncandidate committees that includes 21 Super PACs and 2 ballot issues committees who are in formation.”

For more information, contact:

Executive Director Kristin E. Izumi-Nitao
Campaign Spending Commission
Phone:  (808) 586-0285