Sen. Hooser to use Hawaii’s public financing system
HONOLULU — State Sen. Gary Hooser will use Hawaii’s public financing system in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.
In a press release Thursday, Hooser calls the system a “great grass roots mechanism.”
Hooser spokesman Bobby Lambrix says that under state law, publicly financed candidates can match individual private contributions of $100 or less with state funds.
He says lieutenant governor candidates who adopt the system for the primary election can receive no more than about $86,300 in state funds.
Those candidates also agree to spend no more than $863,000 during the primary campaign.
The same financial restrictions apply to lieutenant governor candidates who use the system in their general election campaigns.