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Case shellacked by Hirono in fundraising for campaign

By Derrick DePledge


U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono raised more than double the campaign money raised by Ed Case, a former congressman, over the past three months in their Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, widening her early edge in fundraising.

Hirono raised more than $302,000 from July through September, according to a summary of her quarterly federal campaign-finance report. She has brought more than $900,000 to her campaign, including more than $200,000 transferred from her congressional account.

Case said he raised $136,000 during the past quarter and more than $356,000 so far for his campaign.

Former Gov. Linda Lingle has set a fundraising goal of $8 million to $10 million for her Republican campaign, but her early fundraising totals will not be available until the next quarterly report.

Hirono, in a conference call from Washington, D.C., with reporters, said Friday she will raise enough to be competitive but would not disclose a specific target. In her first public comments since Lingle announced her campaign, Hirono said Lingle has never run for a federal office before and has never run during a presidential election year.

"I think I'm disappointed in Linda as governor," Hirono said. "The way she went out and campaigned for Sarah Palin (for vice president) and identified herself with Sarah Palin, whereas I identify myself with the middle class, with the working people, with the families that are struggling. My campaign is focused on those voters."

Case said Hirono, as an incumbent congresswoman, has an advantage when fundraising. Hirono reported raising more than $211,000 from individual donors and more than $90,000 from political action committees during the quarter.

"Washington politicians always have a built-in advantage when it comes to raising money for political campaigns," he said Friday in an email. "Mazie is no different as we can see by her most recent campaign spending report."

Case, however, had access to the same potential donor network when he served in Congress but struggled to raise money in his unsuccessful primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, in 2006. He also had trouble raising money in a special election to Congress last year, when he finished third.

Hirono not only has outperformed Case in fundraising, but she also has won significant labor endorsements from the Hawaii State AFL-CIO, the Hawaii Government Employees Association and the Hawaii Carpenters Union.

Case's advisers have downplayed the importance of campaign money and union endorsements, contending that the former congressman has always raised enough money to compete and can help offset the lack of endorsements through his grass-roots outreach.

In the Democratic primary to replace Hirono in the 2nd Congressional District, former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann said he raised more than $306,000 over the past three months. Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard said she raised more than $125,000.

Esther Kiaaina, chief advocate for the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and Rafael del Castillo, a patients' rights attorney, did not immediately respond to requests for their quarterly fundraising totals.

Hawaii News Now video: Candidates start disclosing war chests for latest quarter

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Wazdat wrote:
"I think, I'm disapointed with HIRANO she has done NOTHING as a state leg and NOTHING as a house member" This lady is a JOKE and I would bet our UNEDUCATED voters will vote her in like all the other tax and spend DEMS. SAD
on October 15,2011 | 03:19AM
ehbrah wrote:
when Uncle Dan sez "vote Mazie", his followers sez "yes sir", until they get into the voting booth, and make their rationale choice. Having known Mazie for awhile, she does not have a record of accomplishments during her entire career in government, except to successfully play ball with the boys in power. Amazing how she has gotten this far with little qualifications..While Ed Case is not the perfect candidate like everyone else, he is independent and not afraid to do the right thing.
on October 15,2011 | 04:25AM
butinski wrote:
Vote for Lingle instead of "do nothing" Mazie or "stab em in the back" Case.
on October 15,2011 | 10:20AM
Recce wrote:
People of Hawaii don't be fooled! Lazie Mazie has not done a dang thing for you -- ever! Think about it ... you can NOT name just one positive thing that she has accomplished for the people of Hawaii in all her years in office! Not ONE! Why would any regular citizen vote for her?!?
on October 15,2011 | 07:02AM
ngitkwai1 wrote:
Only case supporters need vote...maizie has the federal government democrats, the unions, and more importantly, Obama and inouye...who could beat such power, s tatus quo, old boy network. We want more welfare, less jobs, and more taxes to support the "chosen entitled ones"!
on October 15,2011 | 07:12AM
tobyclairmont wrote:
They are BOTH poor candidates for such a high office. Let's get a couple candidates who would serve Hawaii, not themselves.
on October 15,2011 | 08:12AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Hirono said "II think I'm disappointed in Linda as governor." It is classic Hirono. She is not very decisive. To say she thinks she is disappointed in Lingle is the same as saying she is not sure about her position.
on October 15,2011 | 10:07AM
Anonymous wrote:
I do not think I'm disappointed in Hirono, I KNOW I'm dissapointed with her.
on October 15,2011 | 10:09AM
fdez wrote:
Mazie has been one of the strongest progressive representatives, working to save Medicare and Social Security from the likes of Lingle/Palin. The middle class has a friend in Mazie. Which corporate "persons" will put up Linda's 10 million dollars? She is a "1%" candidate if there ever was one. Wise up you guys and vote your interests for a change with the rest of us 99%.
on October 15,2011 | 10:40AM
lee1957 wrote:
I am employed, middle class, and Maize definitely does not represent me. I also missed the memo the plan to destroy Medicare and Social Security, other than the status quo means medicare is bankrupt before I'm eligible and my social security benefits will be cut by 30% Something has to give, and Maize isn't smart enought to realize it.
on October 15,2011 | 02:32PM
Anonymous wrote:
The amount of money raised by Hirono vs Case may not be a great "shellacking" as the SA wants you to believe. We need to know from where the money came to make any meaningful judgments. Source of funding, such as individuals vs businesses, is more telling than amounts raised. Hirono's is top-heavy with unions and lawyers whereas Case's is more business-oriented. Make of that what you wish. More important than the amount raised will be how and when it is spent. A small amount properly placed and timed can achieve much better results than a large amount poorly placed and timed. We are in for an interesting election campaign.
on October 15,2011 | 10:46AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Instead of flashy advertisements, it'll make our decisions a lot easier if each candidate stated their accomplishments; what bills they initiated, how they voted on crucial bills and why, the number of times they missed voting on bills, and which bills they vigorously supported. I really don't care if a powerful politician supports that candidate. I want each candidate to stand on their own record. How many of you think this will happen?
on October 15,2011 | 09:00PM
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