`Well we get along, yes we really do …’

October 28th, 2010

The Democratic Party of Hawaii has launched its coordinated campaign to help push Democrats over the line in Tuesday’s general election.

The party collected $145,175 since the primary, with most of the big money tied to labor and some of the party’s top candidates.

Friends of Colleen — state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa’s campaign committee for Congress — chipped in $25,000. Dennis Mitsunaga, of the engineering firm Mitsunaga & Associates — major financial backers of former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie for governor — came up with $25,0000. Patrick Kobayashi, of the Kobayashi Group — major donors to former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann for governor — kicked over $25,000.

The Plumbers & Pipefitters and the Sheet Metal Workers International Association also made $25,000 contributions.

(The union money for the coordinated campaign is separate from the more than $200,000 public and private sector unions are spending on television advertising on behalf of Abercrombie his month.)

Overall for the election cycle, the Democrats have brought in $365,704 and spent $262,242 through Oct. 18, according to state campaign-spending reports.

The Hawaii Republican Party, meanwhile, reported just $42,158 in donations since the primary. The GOP has raised and spent more money than the Democrats overall — $637,056 raised, $574,308 spent — but like Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona, the Republican candidate for governor, they spent early.

Some of the top donors to the GOP have been Gov. Linda Lingle’s campaign committee — $25,000 — the Republican Governors Association — $25,000 — Alexander and Baldwin — $25,000 — and A-1 A-lectrician Inc. — $17,500.

A-l A-lectrician is the firm challenging several provisions of the state’s campaign-finance law in federal court as unconstitutional.

3 Responses to “`Well we get along, yes we really do …’”

  1. Walking Vaughn:

    Mufi Site: Mitsuniga part of Jeremy Harris Pay to Play

  2. Eric Ryan:

    Alexander and Baldwin, owners of Matson, gave $25,000 to the Hawaii GOP. Gosh, that must why they (and Lingle and Aiona, etc.) don’t come out strongly for reform of Hawaii’s shipping monopoly.

  3. OldDiver:

    Money donated to candidates and parties are not reflective of how much is being spent since the supreme court decision to allow unlimited campaign donation to PAC’s by organizations. At this point who knows how much money has been spent on the congressional special election, the primary election and the general election.

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