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Mainland super PAC buys ads in support of Hirono

By Derrick DePledge

LAST UPDATED: 08:10 a.m. HST, Nov 03, 2012

Majority PAC, a Washington, D.C.-based super PAC trying to help Demo­­crats keep control of the U.S. Senate, has purchased television advertising in Hawaii on behalf of U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono.

Hirono is facing former Gov. Linda Lingle, a Republican, for the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka. Majority PAC spent more than $126,675 on the ad buy, according to federal campaign finance filings. The ad says Lingle would protect corporate special interests and vote with Republicans who obstruct President Barack Obama.

Robert G.F. Lee, Lingle's campaign manager, said the buy indicates the campaign is competitive.

"Hirono and her partisan mainland operatives view Hawaii's U.S. Senate seat as one pawn in a national political party strategy," Lee said in a statement. "However, Linda Lingle views this election and the opportunity to serve in the U.S. Senate as a chance to do what is right for the people of Hawaii, not for her political party."

In October the Fund for Freedom Committee, a mainland super PAC tied to the Republican Governors Association, spent more than $335,000 on ads in Hawaii on behalf of Lingle. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has spent more than $1.2 million for Lingle. Labor and women's groups have sponsored ads worth six figures to help Hirono.

"It's not only disingenuous but downright hypocritical for her to denounce an independent group that supports keeping Demo­­crats and a middle-class agenda the majority in the U.S. Senate," Betsy Lin, Hirono's campaign manager, said in an email. "But at the end of the day, as we've discovered over the course of this campaign, Lingle, the national Republicans and their allies are going to say and do anything they need to do to win this Hawaii Senate seat and take control of the United States Senate."

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MalamaKaAina wrote:
Anybody but Mazie!
on November 3,2012 | 01:38AM
kiragirl wrote:
Anybody but Lazy Mazie!
on November 3,2012 | 05:03AM
wondermn1 wrote:
VOTE LINGLE AND help the entire USA
on November 3,2012 | 08:15AM
wiliki wrote:
Vote Lingle to kill medicare and social security.
on November 3,2012 | 11:11PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Anybody but Lazy, Hazy Mazie!
on November 3,2012 | 04:58PM
1local wrote:
Hirono will be retiring to her home in Kahala after her 2nd defeat to Linda Lingle. Hirono got beat before and will sustain another defeat on Tuesday...
on November 3,2012 | 03:59PM
gtracer66 wrote:
Has anybody noticed that all the politicians are all for the "middle class"? I'd like to see someone come out with a plan to move the poor to the middle class and the middle class upward.
on November 3,2012 | 06:03AM
Invested wrote:
Then you haven't listened to the debates because that is what Romney has been talking about. Growing the job market will allow more payroll taxes to become available for those that are disabled etc to receive benefits while making available jobs for those that want to get out of those low paying jobs and rise to the middle or higher paying jobs. What I do know is that Romney has a real plan and that Obama wants a second chance to continue with his plan. I urge everyone to put aside bias and read each woman or mans plans and make your decisions based on knowledge. If you want to know how he plans to create jobs you'll have to get that information from his web site. note: go directly to their web sites or you'll be getting information from biased media.
on November 3,2012 | 06:50AM
wiliki wrote:
Baloney... he writes off the 47%.
on November 3,2012 | 11:12PM
turbolink wrote:
I notice the new attack commercials quote Gov Lingle as saying she wants medical options (instead of ObamaCare) available to our citizens, but cuts off the rest of Gov Lingle's statement as said numerous times in debates...just as are available to Congresswoman Hirono. How disingenuous!
on November 3,2012 | 07:24AM
wondermn1 wrote:
Go Lingle Go
on November 3,2012 | 08:18AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Majority PAC, a Washington, D.C.-based super PAC trying to help Demo­­crats keep control of the U.S. Senate, has purchased television advertising in Hawaii on behalf of U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono.

OK. Now I understand. For a moment I thought they were donating to Mazie because they thought she was competent. But it's just to protect their national party and for that they would donate money to a lump of mud. And get the same results, by the way, in terms of legislative performance.

on November 3,2012 | 09:17AM
kainalu wrote:
... as a recent Supreme Court ruling has allowed.
on November 3,2012 | 10:33AM
Bdpapa wrote:
What's good for one is good for all but it sure as heck don't help us!
on November 3,2012 | 11:03AM
Graham wrote:
Thought Hirono, the Governor, Inouye and the Democrats were against MAINLAND money being funneled into the Hawaii elections...oh my mistake...only if the money goes to the Republicans...
on November 3,2012 | 03:08PM
DAGR81 wrote:
mazie as a U S Senator is a very depressing thought.
on November 3,2012 | 04:30PM
hikine wrote:
If Hawaii Democrats are running the State to the ground now, wait 'til Hirono wins! Very very scary.
on November 4,2012 | 02:42AM
hikine wrote:
Now this is the pot calling the kettle black! Hirono accusing Lingle of mainland backers and she herself has her own MAINLAND backers! What a liar, true colors coming thru!
on November 4,2012 | 02:40AM
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