Last month we reported that state Representative Angus McKelvey, D–West Maui, was in hot water over some alleged campaign reporting violations. Well, today McKelvey has apparently settled the matter with a no contest plea in district court, according to a Nov. 6 press release sent out by the Hawaii Attorney General’s office.
“State Representative Angus McKelvey, District 10 (West Maui, Ma`alaea and North Kihei), pleaded no contest today in district court for failing to file a complete and accurate candidate committee report and allowing an unauthorized person to receive and disperse campaign funds,” states the press release. “Under the terms of a plea agreement reached with the State and accepted by Honolulu District Court Judge Clarence Pacarro, Rep. McKelvey agreed to pay two thousand dollars ($2,000) to the Crime Victim Compensation Fund and publish an apology in the Maui News, in exchange for the State not objecting to his motion for a deferred acceptance of his plea.”
The Attorney General’s original complaint, filed on Oct. 13, listed two counts against McKelvey. First, that in the summer of 2014 he filed inaccurate campaign spending reports that didn’t include all of his revenue and expenditures. And second, that he allowed his mother Joan McKelvey (who was not his campaign treasurer) to “receive contributions and/or to make and/or incur expenditures on behalf of the campaign committee.”
McKelvey didn’t return a phone call asking for comment by press time. In the press release, Hawaii AG Doug Chin said that, “As we head into the 2016 election cycle, my office will continue to work with the Campaign Spending Commission to make sure campaign dollars in Hawaiʻi are collected and spent with transparency.”
Photo courtesy Angus McKelvey campaign