HONOLULU (AP) — Debate over vacation rental bills has led to accusations that Honolulu City Council members have become targets for influence peddling, a report said.
Each side in the vacation rental debate has said its opponents are trying to buy influence on the nine-member city council, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.
Two significant vacation rental bills were scheduled for final readings before the council Monday.
A Star-Advertiser review of campaign finance records for more than two years shows council members received contributions from major donors who support and would benefit from the bills.
Proponents of more hosted and whole-home rentals such as bed-and-breakfasts and transient vacation units point to council contributions from hoteliers that would benefit from stricter vacation rental regulations.