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The following are excerpts from Congresswoman Mink's address to the House of Representatives on February 26, l997.
In a rare showing of unanimity, the Campaign Spending Commission, Democratic Party of Hawaii, Republican Party of Hawaii, Green Party, Common Cause Hawaii and the League of Women Voters all testified in opposition to the House Bill 140 as amended and voiced their preference for the Senate companion measure S.B. 831, S.D. 2. The Senate bill provided that non-candidate loan amounts not repaid by election day shall be treated as contributions, and thus any contribution in excess of existing contribution limits would be subject to the sanctions applicable to excessive contributions. The final outcome of the bills is that a $10,000 limit is set on non-candidate loans with a repayment date of one year. Although the final bill that passed is not completely satisfactory, we believe that it is a first step toward closing the campaign loan loophole. We will be back at the legislature next year.
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