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Cayetano has raised $893,000 in six months for mayoral bid

By B.J. Reyes

LAST UPDATED: 04:07 p.m. HST, Jul 10, 2012

Former Gov. Ben Cayetano has raised close to $900,000 since announcing in January that he is running for Honolulu mayor in a bid to stop the planned $5.2 billion rail transit system, his campaign said.

Campign finance reports are due with the state Campaign Spending Commission by Thursday.

Cayetano’s report was not posted Tuesday, but campaign co-chairman Sam Callejo said the campaign raised $893,000 in the first six months of the year. The campaign spent $279,000 and had about $614,000 in cash on hand to start July. The campaign has a debt of about $13,000.

By comparison, Mayor Peter Carlisle reported Monday that his re-election campaign had raised $198,000 in the first six months of 2012. For the election cycle, Carlisle has raised a total of $560,000, not including about $78,000 left over from his 2010 campaign.

A third candidate in the race, former city Managing Director Kirk Caldwell, plans to release his report by Thursday’s deadline.

Carlisle raised about $600,000 in his 2010 race, and won a September special election with a plurality of 38.8 percent of the vote in an eight-person field. Caldwell spent about $1.2 million and finished second with 34.6 percent of the vote.

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