Abercrombie Can’t Use Federal Cash for Hawaii Gov. Race

Posted August 12, 2009 at 11:08am

Hawaii’s Campaign Spending Commission has ruled that Democratic Rep. Neil Abercrombie is not permitted to transfer more than $900,000 in federal funds to his 2010 campaign for governor, according to the Honolulu Advertiser.

According to the Advertiser, Abercrombie’s staff responded that the ruling was unfair because it benefits state and local politicians, who are permitted to transfer funds remaining from their previous races in the state. Abercrombie’s campaign reportedly has yet to decide whether they will appeal.

Abercrombie, who is serving his 10th full term in office, is a fixture in Hawaii politics and a strong fundraiser, but Tuesday’s decision sets him behind his potential challengers in early fundraising dollars.