June 26th, 2012

A group that seeks to elect Iraq and Af­ghani­stan war veterans to Congress has committed an additional $100,000 to television ads supporting Tulsi Gabbard in the race for the 2nd Congressional District.

The latest round of ads by was scheduled to begin Tuesday and run for two week during morning and evening hours on local broadcast networks. said it plans to run the same commercial it ran in May, when the group committed $75,000 for a week of air time.

The ads are classified as an independent expenditure, which are not coordinated with a campaign, but can focus on issues that benefit a candidate.

Gabbard is in the Demo­cratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District representing rural Oahu and the neighbor islands. Others in the primary include former Hono­lulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, former Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chief Advocate Esther Kia­aina, Hilo attorney Bob Marx, Hono­lulu attorney Rafael Del Castillo and Miles Shiratori of Kaneohe. The Republican primary field includes small-business consultant Matthew DiGeronimo and activist Kawika Crowley of Hilo.

As in May, the money was expended by the Action Fund, the nonprofit advocacy arm of the veterans group, which was founded in 2006.

Gabbard, a former state representative who is in her first term on the Hono­lulu City Council, is a captain in the Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq in 2004 and to Kuwait in 2008.

10 Responses to “Ante”

  1. Jordan:

    I don’t care if they’re veterans. Outside money is outside money. Bottom line is: this group shouldn’t be trying to buy Hawaii’s elections.

  2. galekaminari:

    I agree with Jordan. and the group tries to make themselves sound like they include all vets. Why only Iraq and Afghanistan Vets? Why not disclose that?

    Do you notice that Gabbard gets endorsements from category type pacs? Female, Iraq Vets, etc. Those endorsements seem not to be based on her merits, but because she falls into a category the group is seeking to promote. As much as I am concerned about Rail PR expenditures, I have to say that Gabbard’s opposition to the 24 Rail PR firms or PR people was nearly incoherent. I am not fan of the Muf-Man either, but there are other choices out there. Rafael del Castillo for one. Also a vet. He actually seeks to serve us and not himself. Unlike the rest.

  3. Goober:


  4. haveheart:

    VoteVets is a great organization and we need all the help we can get to get MUFI out of office! He’s lied and pushed the people of Hawaii around way too many times. Go Tulsi!

  5. Kealoha:

    I’m supporting Tulsi Gabbard for Congress 100%. Even though I don’t agree with her on everything, I trust her and I know that she will fight and work hard for the people of Hawaii. She is very inspiring to listen to – and the more I get to know her the more I like her.

  6. kainalu:

    I think it’s time for a change of leadership in Hawaii and Tulsi represents the next wave. We need to get her into Congress now so she can gain seniority, which is very important to get things done in Hawaii.

  7. Katey:

    My father was a veteran and this ad brought tears to my eyes. Many leaders in Congress don’t know how serious war is. Tulsi’s been there – she knows.

  8. Goober:

    War is human nature.
    Without Wars more people will be unemployed. Plus there are jobs in the Military that does not need to kill or be killed. A cook maybe if the food is bad.

  9. hipoli:

    K-K-K: Gross. Knock it off. One response, ok. Three? Don’t you all have more yard signs you need to put up so you can keep polluting our streets with her 50ft mug? There’s only 20,000 of um out here-why not go for a few more?

    In other words, one word is coming to mind as I think of TGs campaign:


  10. Goober:

    Is it that time again when box jellyfish influx?
    Must be the Past Moon Syndrome.

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