Who's Making Big Bucks Working for Hawaii's U.S. Senate Candidates?

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Linda Lingle, a Republican running for the U.S. Senate, has 13 paid staff working on her 2012 campaign, and most are longtime Lingle associates.

Lingle has twice the number of employed staff as compared with Mazie Hirono, though the Democrat's campaign manager, Betsy Lin, is the most well compensated of either campaign.

Democrat Ed Case, meantime, appears to be paying just one campaign staff member, coordinator Sarah Kaopuiki.

Those are some of the details that emerge from the three candidates' most recent filings with the Federal Election Commission.

They show Lingle relying on familiar friends, Hirono on experienced hands like Lin, who has worked on a number of mainland campaigns as well as Sen. Daniel Akaka's 2006 re-election, and Case depending on a lot of volunteer kokua.

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