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.