U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye’s quarterly campaign-finance report contained what appeared to be a surprise. The report disclosed what looked like another $100,000 transfer to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in early May just as the DCCC was thinking about taking sides between state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa and former congressman Ed Case in the special election for Congress.
Inouye, who had endorsed Hanabusa, had already given $150,000 to the DCCC in April to help keep the group neutral among Democrats and to focus on Republican Charles Djou.
The Star-Advertiser was preparing to publish a story about the May donation on Sunday when the DCCC raised a red flag, insisting that the group received only $150,000 from the Hawaii Democrat.
Turns out the entry in the senator’s quarterly report was a mistake.
Inouye gave the money to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to help his Senate colleagues get re-elected.
*Update: The Associated Press and Politico report that the DCCC will invest independent expenditures against Djou in November.