Hannemann and Gabbard Race For The Cash

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Democrats Mufi Hannemann and Tulsi Gabbard are not only leading in the polls, they also continue to raise far more money than their 2nd Congressional District opponents.

In their latest federal campaign contributions filing — the last chance before the Aug. 11 primary for the public to see where the candidates get their money — Hannemann and Gabbard demonstrate clout with interest groups and well-known local supporters.

Hannemann has the backing of groups in the shipping industry, maritime unions and hotel executives and many in the Honolulu business elite such as Walter Dods, Connie Lau, David Carey, Robbie Alm, Stanley Kuriyama, Ernest Nishizaki and Eric Yeaman. An actor from the Los Angeles area named Michael Douglas also donated $2,500 to the campaign of the former Honolulu mayor.

Gabbard received money from executives with clean-energy businesses, well-known lawyers like Rick Fried, Sherry Broder, Lorraine Akiba and Paul Alston, business leaders like Don Horner and Ralph Inouye, and a lot of employees working at Down to Earth and the Noni Connection. Mark Geragos, the Los Angeles lawyer of celebrity clients, contributed $1,278 to Gabbard for in-kind food and beverages.

According to reports that cover the period from April 1 through June 30, Hannemann raised about $252,392, bringing his total take for the campaign to just over $1 million. He spent $379,860 in the last three months, and that left him with $503,754 in the bank as the campaign enters its final weeks.

Gabbard, who has been bolstered by veterans' organizations running TV ads, exceeded Hannemann when it came to raising money this past quarter, and is in slightly better financial shape as they push to the end. She raised $307,480 in the reporting period, bringing her campaign total to $876,858. She spent $241,564 and has $540,516 on hand for the last six weeks of the campaign.

Neither has reported receiving any money from the Democratic Party or its affiliates, either local or national, a strong indication that the party does not fear the seat will fall to Republicans.

The other two prominent Democrats running against Hannemann and Gabbard trailed far behind in fundraising.

Esther Kiaaina raised just $19,000 in the second quarter, which included a loan and contribution from the candidate for over half that amount. Kiaaina had about $5,000 in cash on hand.

Bob Marx raised $49,135, but most of it — $38,500 — came from the candidate himself. Marx enters the final stretch of the primary more than $800 in the red.

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