Candidates submit final money tally before primary

Neil Abercrombie
Neil Abercrombie
Lt. Governor Duke Aiona
Lt. Governor Duke Aiona
Colleen Hanabusa
Colleen Hanabusa
Charles Djou
Charles Djou

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The final stretch of the primary campaign season has prompted a surge in political donations especially in the governor's race.

New campaign reports due today show Neil Abercrombie raised more money than his opponents in the last two months, bringing in $717,000.  That's more than he brought in the first six months of the year.  That brings his overall total to $2.7 million for the entire election cycle.  He has about $250,000 left.

Duke Aiona raised more than $200,000 in the last two months for a total of $2.8 million overall.  He has more than $487,000 cash on hand.

Mufi Hannemann has raised about $330,400 in the last two months.  His grand total is $3.4 million and he has the most cash on hand with $792,000.

"He's not going to buy this election.  People are going to succeed in this election. I don't care how much they raise we're keeping up with what we need to do to win this election," said Neil Abercrombie, (D) Gubernatorial Candidate, speaking about Hannemann's campaign money.

"More than $700,000 in two months, that's impressive and I give him credit for that, because he focused and did what he needed to do so I'm not going to worry about them.  I don't think they're going to worry about me. We're just going to do what we have to do," said Duke Aiona, (R) Gubernatorial Candidate, speaking about Abercrombie's recent fundraising.

"We are grateful that we have enough resources to get our message out across the state during the last week and a half of this campaign and that we have no debts outstanding," said Dean Okimoto, Hannemann campaign chairman, who issued a statement for Hannemann who was on Maui.

Candidates have until midnight to officially file with the campaign spending commission.  This is the last spending report before the primary election.

Candidates in the special election for Honolulu Mayor also had a surge in campaign contributions.  Kirk Caldwell brought in the most over the last two months with $256,432 bringing his overall total to $837,056.  His total cash on hand is down to $12,458.

Peter Carlisle raised $210,931 the last two months for a total of $513,838 this election cycle.  He also has the most cash left with $84,303.

Panos Prevedouros was happy with his fundraising. He gained $95,535 the past two months bringing his total to $138,343.  He has a surplus of $22,300.

In the race for congress Charles Djou and Colleen Hanabusa are neck and neck in money raised.  Congressman Djou has slightly more cash on hand with $427,638 than his opponent Colleen Hanabusa who has $409,990 left to spend.

Also Hanabusa cast her vote today at Honolulu Hale, the same day the Hawaii Republican Party reminded people she can't vote for herself since she doesn't live in the first Congressional district.

"It's not a matter of where you live I think as much as it is what you understand the issues are that are going on in a particular district," said Hanabusa, who also said she would move into the district if elected, but she has not picked out a place yet.

"There's only a little over 50 days from now and the general election and everyday counts we're making everyday count," said Djou.

In the race for the second Congressional district incumbent Mazie Hirono has a commanding lead in cash on hand with nearly $733,000 compared to republican opponents Ramsay Wharton who has $5,700 and John Willoughby who has less than $2,300.

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