Get Ready — Political Campaigns Are Rumbling to Life in Hawaii

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Wallet of money.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has spent nearly $40,000 on polls since he took office in January 2013 even though he's not up for re-election until 2016.

Hawaii Sen. David Ige spends $2,000 more per month on rent for his gubernatorial campaign headquarters than Gov. Neil Abercrombie despite trailing by more than $2 million on the fundraising front.

And Honolulu City Councilwoman Kymberly Pine is the top Republican fundraiser since the last general election even though she holds a nonpartisan office.

Those are some of details buried in 85,000 records filed with the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission since Nov. 8, 2006.

Civil Beat examined the commission's data, which tracks all campaign contributions and expenditures. We looked at records with an eye toward the governor's race and city council campaigns — which began in November 2010 — and other state races that are on a two-year-cycle that began just after the November 2012 general election.

Voters won't have much information beyond what we know now if they go to the polls to vote in the Aug. 9 primary, usually the election where most of the important races are decided in our heavily Democratic state. The next batch of campaign finance reports don't come out until July 10, about a month before the primary.

Here's an early look at what some of the records are showing. Civil Beat will be doing more analysis on the candidates and campaigns throughout the election cycle.

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