Mayoral spending

October 29th, 2012

Kirk Caldwell reported raising $603,000 in the 10 weeks since the primary election, bringing his total for the campaign at about $1.5 million, according to his campaign.

The $1.5 million surpasses the $1.2 million he raised in his failed 2010 campaign.

In a news release tonight, the campaign reported $75,000 in cash on hand. Caldwell’s campaign released the preliminary numbers in advance of posting the final report online.

Former Gov. Ben Cayetano, Caldwell’s mayoral rival, reported raising $339,000 in the same period, bringing his total for the campaign to $1.3 million.

Spending reports for the period from Aug. 12 to Oct 22 were due at midnight to the state Campaign Spending Commission.

“The numbers are indicative of the solid momentum and grassroots support since the primary election and I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of our supporters,” Caldwell, former city managing director, said in a news release. “We have reached out to every community on Oahu addressing all the issues and concerns that our citizens have.”

Cayetano’s report was filed this evening. There was no immediate comment from his campaign.

Caldwell still carries a campaign debt of $218,000, most of that left over from 2010. Cayetano’s listed a campaign debt of $50,000.

The new numbers mark the first time Caldwell has overtaken Cayetano in fundraising in the race.

Caldwell also overtook Cayetano in the recent Hawaii Poll. According to the poll, Caldwell leads 53 percent to 42 percent, with 5 percent undecided.

8 Responses to “Mayoral spending”

  1. Chicken Grease:

    Think Caldwell has the momentum right now. Starting from the white background “Cayetano’s plan will end up more expensive than rail ad” to the more recent, what is it? 231-pardons-of-criminals-TV ad, a Grease figgered the ex-gov’ needed to fight all those charges fervently.

    What’d Cayetano — or those on behalf of him do — instead? “Oh, look at the hard hatted Caldwell, lying to the Federal gov’t. for rail funds.” Uh, ixconsider on the ixInouye being on the side-ay of rail-ay, OK?

    Carlisle finally doing a specific “I’m voting for Kirk Caldwell” ad/blanket code to Carlisle supporters to, “yes, by all means, you are cleared to vote for Caldwell” doesn’t hurt Caldwell, too.

    Linda Lingle (another one who going lose rather badly this election, but ran a quite strategically sound campaign), on this morning’s Rick Hamada radio program mentioned she didn’t believe a recent poll that an amount of (think a Grease heard 20%) Filipino voters won’t be backing Cayetano, well, might have some truth, instead, to the finding.

    Thought Cayetano would’ve had more money by now. Oh, well . . . looks like union money is speaking for Carlisle.

    But, above all, there’s this: union workers in construction and related fields were able to work and retire due to H-3; no idle length of time between “jobs” . . . and rail allows a second act for a new generation of unionized labor. This is what Cayetano and company seemed to have forgotten in running for this office.

  2. Goober:

    Again I repeat, you get nothing for two cents
    but if you donate thousands you get rail.
    Those who support rail are the ones donating the big dollars.

    Expensive cost to pay for 20 restrooms.
    Not to mention the parking lots.
    Malls being built. At least when it rains
    some homeless can sleep near the structures.

  3. Chicken Grease:

    October 30th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    At least when it rains
    some homeless can sleep near the structures.

    Sounds like something out of Blade Runner.

    Anyway. Uh. Check out-ay how the city-ay structures their bus stops-ay so that the homeless-ay can’t store their belongings-ay or sleep-ay.

    Two sense.

  4. Chicken Grease:

    Thought Cayetano would’ve had more money by now. Oh, well . . . looks like union money is speaking for Carlisle.

    for Caldwell, rather.

  5. myviewtoo:

    yes, filipinos, the smart one will not be backing ben, he has demonstrated his dislike for his countrymen. he claims he does not need the filipino vote to win. we will see. such an arrogant statement, dissing his countrymen. is this real, ben wants to commit hari-kiri? not that he is already dead as the polls have showed.

  6. Goober:

    You thought is a disservice for two sense, but as I expected.

    Filipinos do not commit hara kiri.
    The smart ones do believe marcos is corrupt not Ben.

  7. Goober:

    Filipinos do not commit hara kiri.
    The smart ones believe Marcos is guilty.

  8. Goober:

    Wish it was blade runner than someone gets killed.

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