(Honolulu-AP) -- Companies with contracts with the state, city or counties would be barred from making campaign contributions to candidates for mayor and governor under a bill approved by three Senate committees.
While the committees agreed with a house measure to ban direct contributions from labor unions, their version would continue to allow contributions from corporations. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kanno says the bill tries to address concern that contractors make contributions to certain candidates in hopes of getting state or county contracts.
He says it's going to a major change in Hawaii's campaign spending system. The much broader house version of the measure would bar contractor contributions to any political party or candidate during a period 12 months before the contract is available and 12 months after it is completed.
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