Hawaii Candidates Keep Fundraisers Under Wraps

·By Adrienne LaFrance

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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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  1. Djou has been deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Reserve since last fall. While on active duty, he is prohibited from participating in any political activity, but his campaign can still solicit donations. A spokesman for Djou's campaign declined to respond to an inquiry about any fundraisers held on his behalf in Djou's absence.
     




  2. Hanabusa did not announce she would seek re-election in the U.S. House until August 2011 (before that, she considered running for U.S. Senate). FEC regulations say that funds and assets may be transferred without limit between committees authorized by a candidate for the same office in different elections as long as the transferring committee does not have debts outstanding.
     




  3. Hirono filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission in May 2011. FEC regulations say that when an individual seeks different offices in different election cycles, funds from the earlier campaign that remain after the general election may be transferred to the later campaign.
     




  4. According to Party Time, Lingle had two separate fundraisers at the same restaurant on the same day. One was a breakfast, and the other was a reception hosted by a group of Washington-based lobbyists.
     




  5. NRSC refers to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. According to Party Time, the Nov. 9, 2011, fundraiser that benefitted Lingle also benefitted Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb.; Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho; and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.