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April 18th, 2011

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, who is thinking about a run for U.S. Senate, raised more than $100,000 in the first quarter of the year, federal campaign-finance reports show.

Hirono raised most of the money in March after U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, announced that he would not seek another term next year.

Half of Hirono’s contributions came from political action committees, a valuable source of donations for incumbents. Hirono had $290,764 in cash on hand.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, who is also considering a Senate campaign, raised $33,000 in the first quarter and had $71,589 in cash on hand.

Hirono and Hanabusa can transfer money raised for the U.S. House to Senate campaigns if they choose to run.

*Update: Former congressman Ed Case reported $4,930 in contributions during the first quarter. Case, the only announced candidate, also made a $20,000 personal loan to his campaign in late March.

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