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U.S. Chamber of Commerce launches ad blitz for Lingle

By Star-Advertiser & news reports

LAST UPDATED: 03:47 p.m. HST, May 09, 2012

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today launched a new ad blitz in Hawaii in support of former Gov. Linda Lingle in the race for Hawaii's open U.S. Senate seat.

The airtime buy from the Republican-leaning business interest group was part of a nationwide campaign targeting four U.S. Senate and 17 U.S. House races.

Similar to an ad run by the Chamber in the islands in February, the 30-second television spot highlights the former Republican governor's stance on a plan to improve tourism to create jobs and her ability to work in a bipartisan manner.

The Chamber's ad buy was estimated at about $275,000, a source said. An email to the Chamber's headquarters in Washington, D.C., was not immediately returned. February's ad buy cost the Chamber about $250,000, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.

Nationally, the Chamber's February buy was reported to be $10 million. The Chamber only confirmed that the ad buy was worth eight figures and was unprecedented in the group's 100-year history.

Lingle is running in the GOP primary against John Caroll, a former state lawmaker and a former Air Force and commercial pilot. U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono and former U.S. Rep. Ed Case face off on the Democrats' side. All are seeking the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Dan Akaka, who is retiring.

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BlueDolphin53 wrote:
I'm surprised the demos haven't started screaming about mainland money trying to buy the election. I hope the S*A will be just as diligent about reporting mainland money supporting puppet Mazie.
on May 9,2012 | 03:55PM
Graham wrote:
When hell freezes over.
on May 9,2012 | 04:23PM
OldDiver wrote:
It's not just mainland money that the Chamber is spending on Lingle's campaign. It is money from China, Germany, France, Japan etc. Foreign countries are giving money to the Chamber to influence American elections. This is illegal.
on May 9,2012 | 08:49PM
tiki886 wrote:
That's OK. Many muslims around the world from Indonesia to Kenya love their "son" and will be contributing to His election as well.
on May 9,2012 | 10:23PM
Changalang wrote:
Spend much much more in Hawaii. Can't you do an even million?
on May 9,2012 | 04:01PM
Anonymous wrote:
Hundreds of Hawaii businesses are part of the Chamber of Commerce. Lingle has supported these businesses, who are the life blood of our economy. And don't forget, they aren't just Wal-Mart and (enter large corporation business name here), they are businesses your friends and neighbors own. Congratulations to Linda Lingle on an important endorsement!
on May 9,2012 | 04:06PM
Changalang wrote:
Dig deep. Give until it hurts. Spend, spend , spend; and in November the voting public will teach business a big painful lesson on the downside of Return On Investment. Give all you got to really prove the point. Consider it reparations from the Lingle Legacy.
on May 9,2012 | 04:32PM
OldDiver wrote:
The US Chamber of Commerce is receiving money from foreign countries and foreign corporation and using it illegally to influence campaigns like Lingle's. Republicans in Congress have killed bills which would mandate Super PAC's like the Chamber to reveal their sources of money. Linda Lingle is being bought by the likes of China, Germany, Saudia Arabia etc. How is this a good thing?
on May 9,2012 | 08:45PM
kuewa wrote:
Lingle had 8 years to improve tourism, create jobs and work in a bipartisan manner. During those 8 years, she squandered hundred of millions in taxpayer dollars on worthless plans, including a failed biotech tax credit program, a failed Superferry, and a proposal to buy a resort while the economy was tanking. Her administration almost completely ignored the agricultural industry and the ag self-sufficiency initiative and made virtually zero progress on energy self-sufficiency. Lingle also worked in a bipartisan manner (her and herself) to snub the President, the first POTUS from Hawai`i. At the end of her 8 year term, no meaningful accomplishments could be recalled by the local press---and I'm still trying to think of one. And now she wants to move her okole over to the US Senate?
on May 9,2012 | 05:39PM
DAGR81 wrote:
She slowed down the Democratic train wreck for 8 years.
on May 9,2012 | 05:50PM
Changalang wrote:
" March 19 (Bloomberg) -- Hawaii State Auditor Marion M. Higa found “lax management” of the state’s treasury led to a $1 billion investment in auction-rate securities that will result in $254 million in writedowns. The conclusion came in a 122-page report to the governor and state Legislature that the auditor released yesterday. Hawaii’s Department of Budget and Finance, which manages the state’s cash, failed to file reports on time, made investments that exceeded the maximum allowable and didn’t evaluate risk before more than doubling its stake in auction-rate securities, the auditor said. “Our examination revealed a lack of proper leadership and accountability in the Department of Budget and Finance,” the report said. “We found that the department is not efficiently and effectively managing the state’s $3.8 billion treasury.” The $330 billion market for auction-rate securities froze in February 2008 when investors stopped purchasing the bonds in regular auctions. Hawaii’s $1 billion investment was the second- largest an independent consultant could find, after an unnamed company that held $1.1 billion, the auditor’s report said. " (19MAR2010; Bloomberg) . . . Citi still has over 860 million of our Hawaii taxpayer dollars. The SuperFerry Fiasco cost Hawaii hundreds of millions of dollars. If the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants to invest in an ex-Governor with that fiscal track record; then let them spend as much as possible. :)
on May 9,2012 | 07:11PM
tiki886 wrote:
No matter how many slings you throw and arrows you Dems shoot at Lingle, when Mazie opens her mouth, she removes ALL doubt. Lingle will do to Mazie what she did to her in 2001. You guys should be scared!
on May 9,2012 | 10:39PM
Changalang wrote:
Re-stating the truth is never an attack. This is Hawaii; the more sunshine, particularly on historical failures, the better. The Mazie machine will trounce Lingle. Latest polls give Mazie a 22 point edge over Lingle. Lingle has proven to be detrimental to Hawaii's interest via her leadership. Mazie has proven to be harmless to advance Hawaii's interests. Hawaii will choose the lesser of two evils in Novmeber. If Republicans were smart, they would support a cross-over strategy in the Democratic Primary to run Lingle against Case. Via the pols, Lingle gets a 4 point advantage facing Ed vs. facing Mazie. However, the "wisdom" of the Hawaii GOP trumps logic every time. LOL.
on May 13,2012 | 07:07AM
nippy68 wrote:
not her again!!!! she should go back to her birth state and stay the hell away from hawaii.
on May 9,2012 | 07:44PM
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