Hanabusa Campaign Fundraising Falls Short Of What Schatz Has Reported

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

If Rep. Colleen Hanabusa does take on Sen. Brian Schatz for the late Daniel Inouye’s U.S. Senate seat, she’s already nearly $1 million behind.

Although early campaign fundraising is no guarantee of victory, Hanabusa’s campaign finance reports filed late Monday night showed she'd raised about $230,000 during the first quarter of this year. Hanabusa is said to be still trying to decide whether to run for Schatz’ seat or take on Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

Schatz has declined to release his fundraising report, which was due April 15 and covers the period from Jan. 1 through March 31. Senators file their reports with the U.S. Senate, which processes the paperwork then turns it over to the Federal Election Commission which eventually posts it online. Sen. Mazie Hirono's report also has not been made public yet.

In a press release last week, Schatz said he'd raised $1.1 million. The Schatz campaign on Monday did not return emails or phone calls asking for details.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, meanwhile, raked in about $85,000 to add to the healthy bottom line she had left from her easy 2012 victory over Kawika Crowley.

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