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CEOs, Developers Pump Up Hannemann’s Campaign Coffers

·By Adrienne LaFrance

Michael Levine/Civil Beat

UPDATED But developers are also supporting Hannemann’s Democratic opponent, Tulsi Gabbard.

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Adrienne LaFrance

Adrienne LaFrance is a reporter for Digital First Media and a Civil Beat contributor based in New York City and Washington, D.C. Adrienne focuses on Hawaii's congressional delegation and federal agencies that do business with the state. Before moving to Washington, Adrienne was Civil Beat's Honolulu reporter. Before that, she was a local news anchor for Hawaii Public Radio, Hawaii’s NPR affiliate, and served as managing editor of Honolulu Weekly. Adrienne also worked as a reporter for Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, and as a producer and news writer at WBUR, Boston's NPR affiliate. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post and several other newspapers and magazines. Adrienne taught journalism at the University of Hawaii and was active on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter. She earned her B.A. in journalism from Michigan State University and her M.S. in journalism from Boston University. You can follow Adrienne on twitter @AdrienneLaF.
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that amount: $125,398, including a $14,858 donation she made to herself, some of which was used to pay for airline tickets1.


Under federal law, individuals may contribute up to $5,000 to congressional candidates: No more than $2,500 for the primary election and no more than $2,500 for the general election.


Here's a sampling of some of Gabbard's biggest supporters and their year-to-date contributions to Gabbard's campaign.


Construction and Development Leaders Who Gave to Gabbard


• Wagdy Guirguis, president of infrastructure development firm GMP International: $5,000

• Albert Shigemura, executive with PVT Landfill: $1,300

• Derek Mukai, engineer for development firm Community Planning and Engineering: $1,000

• Anson Murayama, CEO of Community Planning and Engineering: $1,000

• Vicki Gaynor, vice president of Big Island-based engineering and construction consulting firm Environet: $1,000

• Patrick Kubota, CFO of Environet: $1,000

• Micah Kane, Kamehameha Schools trustee: $600

• Glenn Okino, president of Mitsunaga Construction: $500

• Brian Stepp, vice president of Environet: $500

• Thomas McCabe, CEO of Environet: $500

• Victor Kimura, vice president for hotel owner and developer Kyo-ya: $500

• Jeffrey Kissel, CEO of the Gas Company LLC: $500

• Chan OK Mitsunaga, vice president of construction management firm Mitsunaga & Associates: $500

• Dennis Mitsunaga, president and CEO of construction management firm Mitsunaga & Associates: $500

• Terri Ann Otani, corporate secretary for Mitsunaga & Associates: $500

• Cameron Nekota, lawyer for development firm D.R. Horton: $400

• Kekoa Kaluhiwa, director of external affairs for First Wind, former staffer in Sen. Daniel Akaka's office: $250

• Stephen Kelly, vice president of Aina Nui Corp, an affiliate company of the James Campbell Company: $250


Additional Gabbard Supporters You May Know


• Carol Gabbard, confectioner and mother: $3,761

• Bhakti Gabbard, sibling: $2,500

• Jai Gabbard, sibling: $2,500

• Mike Gabbard, Hawaii state senator and father: $2,000

• Chad Tsuneyoshi, owner of car rental service Hawaii Eride and president of Mixed Martial Arts Hawaii: $1,500

• Bernard Toon, lobbyist with The First Group: $1,000

• Lawrence Tseu, Honolulu philanthropist and dentist: $1,000

• Erika Tsuji, legislative aide to Gabbard in her capacity as City Council member: $1,000

• Paula Kelly, vice president of Sea Hawaii marine tours: $1,000

• David Thomas, Democratic strategist and Washington-based lobbyist with Mehlman Vogel Castagentti: $500


Though Gabbard is running as a Democrat, she has garnered the support of some regular Republican donors. There's no question she has strong Republican connections.


One example of such a donor is Leparis Young, a retired Waianae resident who donated $2,000 to Tulsi Gabbard. FEC records show that Young has supported the elder Gabbard in past elections, and has given money to Republican PACs and presidential candidates in the past.


Hannemann has served as president of the Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Association since December of last year, a position he accepted after losing his bid for governor. Check a sampling of the many Hawaii CEOs — many of whom are in the construction and development industries — who have already donated to the Hannemann campaign:


Business Leaders Who Gave to Hannemann


• Juan Borja, president of Sonny's Auto Repair: $5,000

• Paul Yonamine, general manager of IBM Japan: $5,000

• Brian Tajiri, president of Tajiri Demolition and Disposal: $5,000

• Marc Tilker, president and CEO of industrial agriculture and chemical provider Marathon Group/BEI: $5,000

• Warren Daspit, chairman and CEO of John H. Connors Insurance: $5,000

• Christine Camp, president and CEO of development firm Avalon Group: $5,000

• Lawrence Henderson, director of the Sand Island Treatment Center: $5,000

• Rodney Kim, executive director of the Sand Island Business Association: $5,000

• Roald Marth, CEO of energy company Kuokoa: $5,000

• Alyssa Park, CEO of Clinical Laboratories Hawaii: $5,000

• W. David P. Carey, III, hotel executive for Outrigger Enterprises: $2,500

• Patrick Kobayashi, president and CEO of the development firm Kobayashi Group: $2,500

• Glenn Nohara, president of construction consultant Genba Hawaii: $2,500

• Neil Kuyper, president and CEO of Parker Ranch: $2,500

• Richard Kelley, chairman emeritus of Outrigger Hotels: $2,500

• Stanford Carr of Stanford Carr development firm: $2,500

• Don Horner, chairman and CEO of First Hawaiian Bank: $1,500

• Chad Goodfellow, president of construction management firm Goodfellow Bros, Inc.: $1,000

• Robert Harrison, president and COO of First Hawaiian Bank: $1,000

• David Heenan, Campbell estate trustee: $1,000

• Walter Dods of Alexander & Baldwin: $1,000

• Gwen Hiraga, vice president of the urban planning firm Munekiyo and Hiraga: $1,000

• Joseph McInerney, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association: $1,000

• Greg Dickhens, executive vice president of hotel owner and developer Kyo-ya: $500

• Mitch D'Olier, president and CEO of Kaneohe Ranch Management Limited $500


Other Hannemann Supporters You May Know


• Pamela Figueiroa, project coordinator with engineering firm R.M. Towill: $5,000

• Russell Figueiroa, surveyor with engineering firm R.M. Towill: $5,000

• Nancy Kansaki, secretary for general contractor Brian's Contracting: $5,000

• David Fujiwara, structural engineer for the firm KSF, Inc.: $2,500

• Alan Wulkan, managing partner at InfraConsult, a project manager for Honolulu rail: $2,500

• Michael Schneider, managing partner at InfraConsult, a project manager for Honolulu rail: $2,500

• George "Red" Morris, one of the state's best known lobbyists: $2,000

• Roy Yamaguchi, owner of Roy's restaurants: $1,500

• Lester Chang, former Honolulu Parks and Recreation director: $1,000

• Denis Dwyer, a lobbyist with the Washington-based firm Williams & Jensen who works on the Honolulu rail project: $1,000

• David Rae, lobbyist for Aina Nui Corporation and Kapolei Property Development, LLC: $1,000

• Joyce Oliveira, government relations for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation: $500

• State Rep. Mark Takai: $500


Hannemann also got a small percentage — about 6 percent — of his total take from special interest groups. (Read a related story detailing which political action committees donated to Hannemann in the last quarter.)


The only PAC donation Gabbard received was $1,000 from the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting, a Virginia-based insurance advocacy group.


Where the Money Goes


Gabbard spent a total of $11,960 last quarter. Her campaign reported spending $2,482 on airline tickets, $1,500 on a fundraising venue, $1,260 on external hard drives and several hundred dollars on stamps and envelopes.


Hannemann spent $10,009 last quarter. His campaign paid $8,465 to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for direct mailing and printing services, $503 to a Mililani-based graphic designer, $495.29 to Honolulu-based Professional Image for campaign stationary, $241.73 in online transaction fees to PayPal and $206 to a Honolulu post office for mailbox rental.




Discussion: What do some of Hannemann's and Gabbard's donors tell you about their campaigns?


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  1. An earlier version of this story implied that the entire $14,858 was used for airline tickets. FEC records show that $2,358 was used for airline tickets. The remaining $12,500 was a separate donation that Gabbard made to herself. A campaign spokeswoman told Civil Beat that Gabbard used airline tickets to travel "to DC once for campaign purposes and the remainder have been inter-island."