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Schatz leads in fundraising in lieutenant governor's race

By Derrick DePledge

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Brian Schatz, the former Democratic Party of Hawaii chairman and state lawmaker, raised the most campaign money during the past two months in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

Schatz raised $161,094 between July and September and had collected $615,027 overall. He made a $15,000 personal loan to his campaign in August and had a $50,000 loan from his father last year.

Former state Sen. Robert Bunda was second for the period at $127,475 and had raised $393,859 overall. Bunda lent his campaign $25,000 in September.

State Sen. Norman Sakamoto was at $106,921 for the period and $647,073 overall.

Schatz and Sakamoto, who have spent most of their campaign contributions, were leading a crowded field in a Hawaii Poll taken last month. Bunda had the most cash on hand at $78,050.

"We're pleased with our momentum," Schatz said. "People are responding to our message of focusing on the economy and on education."

Bunda, a former Senate president, said he believes independent and undecided voters are moving toward him because of his experience.

"To me, the fact that we are closing the gap in fundraising is an indication that we are also closing the gap in the polls," he said in a statement. "My campaign has gained tremendous momentum in the last few weeks and the donations are a sign that people believe I can win the primary election."

Sakamoto said: "I am fortunate that so many people have tried to help us by volunteering and (also) monetarily."

Former state Senate Majority Leader Gary Hooser raised $92,440 during the past two months and $295,508 overall. Hooser said his campaign has met the threshold for public matching funds.

In the Republican primary for lieutenant governor, state House Minority Leader Lynn Finnegan raised $55,805 during the past two months and collected $155,278 overall. She had $10,121 in cash on hand.

Her opponent, attorney Adrienne King, raised $34,455 during the period, including $12,135 in personal loans. She had raised $76,639 overall and had $4,928 in cash on hand.

MONEY CHASE

State campaign-finance reports covering the two-month period from July to Sept. 3 were released Wednesday. Here is the breakdown among major candidates for lieutenant governor:

Former Democratic Party of Hawaii Chairman Brian Schatz (D)
Raised this period: $161,094 ($15,000 in loans)
Cash on hand: $8,909
Total raised: $615,027

Former state Sen. Robert Bunda (D)
Raised this period: $127,475 ($25,000 in loans)
Cash on hand: $78,050
Total raised: $393,859

State Sen. Norman Sakamoto (D)
Raised this period: $106,921
Cash on hand: $26,931
Total raised: $647,073

Former state Senate Majority Leader Gary Hooser (D)
Raised this period: $92,440
Cash on hand: -$2,325
Total raised: $295,508

State Rep. Lyla Berg (D)
Raised this period: $25,115
Cash on hand: $5,954
Total raised: $117,070

State Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu (D)
Raised this period: $36,980
Cash on hand: $5,147
Total raised: $156,353
(Provided by his campaign)

State House Minority Leader Lynn Finnegan (R)
Raised this period: $55,805
Cash on hand: $10,121
Total raised: $155,278

Attorney Adrienne King (R)
Raised this period: $34,455 ($12,135 in loans)
Cash on hand: $4,928
Total raised: $76,639

Source: State Campaign Spending Commission

 






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