PRP spends $1M in political advertising, research in 2012

PRP spends $1M in political advertising, research in 2012

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A pro-rail group has spent a record-breaking amount to get its message out.

Pacific Resource Partnerships $1 million advertising blitz is targeting Honolulu mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano, who's trying to stop rail.

"They look like a bunch of bugs when you turn the rock over," Cayetano said.

"These guys will be running in the sunlight."

PRP is a group made up of the local carpenters union and local contractors, which stands to benefit from Honolulu's $5.3 billion rail transit system. The amount it spent is the largest ever by an organization for a single Hawaii race.

Cayetano, the former Hawaii governor, is the front runner in the race for mayor according to local polls. He's also the leading money raiser.

PRP's Executive Director John White says voters should be made aware of Cayetano's record as governor.

"Cayetano, through his cronies and intermediaries, have tried to bully and intimidate us into silence," White said.

"Voters deserve to know the full truth of Cayetano's record as governor. And that's exactly what Read Ben's is doing."

Political analyst Dan Boylan says he's surprised the numbers aren't even higher, given the large number of negative ads on the airwaves.

"We had to see this coming. There are a lot of developers, there's a lot of construction company interests and there's a loft of people who build rail cars ... One million dollars does not surprise me."

The primary is Aug. 11. If none of the mayoral candidates get more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be a run off. That means even more attack ads.

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