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Honolulu Mayor Election Draws Fire

January 16, 2002

HONOLULU (AP) _ A state commission says it has evidence that mayoral campaign officials took excessive contributions from individuals and recorded them under false names to avoid campaign spending limits.

The state Campaign Spending Commission voted Tuesday to refer the alleged irregularities in Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris’ 2000 campaign to the city prosecutor’s office.

``We feel we have solid information to show that there was deliberate and intentional violations,″ commission director Bob Watada said.

The commission’s action came under sharp criticism from attorney William McCorriston, representing Harris and his campaign’s deputy treasurer, Peter Char. Also named in the complaint are Harris campaign chairman Alex ``Lex″ Brodie and treasurer Roger Liu.

McCorriston said there was ``not one scintilla of evidence″ to prove irregularity in any campaign reports, and accused the commission of trying to hurt Harris’ campaign for governor.

Harris told reporters it was ``an outrage that such honorable men such as Lex Brodie, Peter Char and Roger Liu have their names smeared like this.″

City Prosecutor Peter Carlisle said everyone involved wants the case handled as quickly as possible because this is an election year.

``But that does not mean that we’re under any circumstances going to rush to judgment or rush to dismiss without adequately investigating all leads and taking appropriate investigative steps,″ he said.

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