By B.J. Reyes
With polls showing the race in a virtual dead heat, more outside money is coming into the race for the 1st Congressional District.
A group called Working Families for Hawaii is spending $99,970.74 for television ads in support of state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa as she tries to unseat incumbent GOP U.S. Rep. Charles Djou. The ad buy is classified as an independent expenditure with the Federal Election Commission, and is not coordinated with the campaign.
Although Working Families lists the same mailing address (888 Mililani St.) as the Hawaii Government Employees Association, and names Derek Mizuno as its treasurer, an HGEA spokeswoman says it is a non-connected, independent federal PAC made up of different unions.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has been busy cutting the checks for more ad buys in Hawaii.
Since Oct. 5, the DCCC has spent close to $300,000 for media production, media buys, and mail services, according to independent expenditure reports filed with the FEC.
Although the National Republican Congressional Committee has not spent any money for the general election in Hawaii, state party officials say they have been intimately involved in aiding the Djou campaign.