Mainland PACs Give Hanabusa Third Quarter Fundraising Edge

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WASHINGTON — Colleen Hanabusa outraised Charles Djou in the three-month period ending Sept. 30 on the strength of contributions from political action committees on the mainland, a Civil Beat analysis of campaign spending filings shows.

Both candidates filed their quarterly campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission late Monday. Hanabusa outraised Djou by about $40,000, but also outspent him in the quarter and had less cash on hand heading into the final weeks of the race to represent urban Honolulu in Congress for the next two years.

The new filings actually cover the period from July 23 through Sept. 30 because the first three weeks of July were included in the final pre-primary-election report. Hawaii's primary was held Aug. 11, with Republican Djou and Democrat Hanabusa easily winning their respective parties' nominations.

The Nov. 6 matchup will be the third between these two. Djou held the 1st Congressional District seat for about eight months in 2010 after a three-way special election; Hanabusa beat Djou in November 2010 to take the seat.

Hanabusa raised $16,000 from July 1 through July 22 and another $200,000 from July 23 through Sept. 30 for a quarterly total of $216,000. Djou pulled in $178,000 over the three months — $16,000 in the first few weeks and $162,000 after that.

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