October 25th, 2012

Fund for Freedom Committee, the mainland super PAC looking at the Hawaii U.S. Senate race, has not yet disclosed how much it has spent on television advertising on behalf of former Gov. Linda Lingle.

The ad criticizes Hirono as ineffective and praises Lingle as bipartisan. IMG_0663-1

But the interest group’s latest report with the Federal Election Commission, which covers Oct. 1 through Oct. 17, does not show very much financial activity. Diane Disney Miller, the daughter of Walt Disney and the owner of Silverado Vineyards in Napa, Calif., donated $50,000. Frances Nelson, a business executive with the Bohannon Development Co. in San Mateo, Calif., gave $7,500.

Combined with the more than $52,000 the super PAC had in the bank at the end of the September, the group only had about $109,650 to spend as of Oct. 17.

Fund for Freedom paid Kristin Hueter, a Bay Area fundraiser who raised money for Lingle’s campaigns for governor, $4,600 in fundraising commissions. The group had previously paid Hueter $5,000 for fundraising services in September.

*Update: Betsy Lin, Hirono’s campaign manager, on Friday called the Fund for Freedom ads “disappointing.”

It is disappointing that yet another mainland, conservative Super PAC has decided to air nearly $30,000 per-day worth of misleading attack ads in Hawaii to tear down Mazie Hirono. This is another example of how conservatives are increasingly becoming desperate as their Republican candidates struggle to win the four seats needed to become the majority party in the U.S. Senate.

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