Preliminary look

May 17th, 2012

The public may not have to wait until the end of July — just two weeks before the Aug. 11 primary — to get a look at the fundraising numbers in the Honolulu mayor’s race or state House and Senate campaigns.

Under a bill awaiting Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s signature, the preliminary reporting deadline would be moved up 30 days before the primary, or July 12, and cover fundraising through June. Candidates would still have to file a second report 10 days before the primary, or Aug. 1.

The bill adjusts the campaign-finance reporting schedule to align with the new primary date, which was moved to the second Saturday in August — or Aug. 11 this year — from the last Saturday in September to comply with a federal law regulating military and overseas voting.

Without the bill, the campaigns would be nearly over before the candidates have to disclose their fundraising. It would also create the oddity where candidates would have to file a preliminary report on July 31 and a second report on Aug. 1.

The last campaign-finance reports in January covered the final six months of 2011, before candidates such as a former Gov. Ben Cayetano, who is running for Honolulu mayor, even launched their campaigns.

One Response to “Preliminary look”

  1. Goober:

    Bunch of duck bill quacks.

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