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Caldwell raises $511,000 but still trails Cayetano's campaign total

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:24 p.m. HST, Jul 12, 2012

Former city Managing Director Kirk Caldwell raised $511,000 in the first six months of 2012, doubling the amount raised by incumbent Mayor Peter Carlisle but still well behind former Gov. Ben Cayetano in the race for Honolulu mayor.

Caldwell has $100,000 in cash on hand, but still carries a campaign debt of about $188,000 — most of which was leftover from his 2010 campaign.

Cayetano, the only one opposed to the city’s planned $5.26 billion rail system, pulled in $893,000 for the six-month period while Carlisle raised $198,000, according to reports filed with the Campaign Spending Commission.

Cayetano also leads all candidates with $614,000 in cash on hand as of July 1, compared to $246,000 for Carlisle.

Carlisle raised about $600,000 in his 2010 race, and won the 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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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
May I give u my checking account number so that if any surplus funds are found, including those from the Stevie Wonder scandal, said funds could be deposited into my account? Apparent
on July 12,2012 | 05:39PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Apparently Peter does not need money or a desire to be re-elected. I was surprised by Captain Kirk's monetary haul. Kirk seems to be a nice guy that did not want to challenge Peter for the job, however two years (even less than that) is time enough to know that Peter is only a figurehead.
on July 12,2012 | 05:52PM
jomama wrote:
Ben should pay back the money he illegally accepted from his last campaign. That would even the playing field.
on July 12,2012 | 05:59PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
You're buying into those PRP ads? Ben didn't "illegally" accept anything. He didn't break any laws and even the state election commission calls those charges "bogus."
on July 12,2012 | 06:26PM
OldDiver wrote:
It is now illegal to do what Cayetano did.
on July 12,2012 | 07:16PM
sleepingdog wrote:
OldDiver, Thank you for clarifying that Cayetano did nothing that was illegal.
on July 12,2012 | 10:20PM
OldDiver wrote:
Unethical, not illegal.
on July 12,2012 | 11:58PM
wiliki wrote:
CayetaNO is also unrepentant. And has not apologized for his error.
on July 13,2012 | 03:05AM
Naloboy wrote:
Of course he's been given lots of money. He's in the pocket of the unions. Everyone knows that. Its not even in dispute. So if you want the unions to keep running Hawaii...vote for Tweedle Dum. Without the unions....look at what the incumbent mayor, Tweedle Dee, has raised. Less than half of what the unions gave his twin brother from a different mother. Carlisle and Caldwell at two peas in a pod...the only thing is the union owns the pod. And the unions are kicking out he weak bird...Carlisle. That means Caldwell is their boy.--so to speak. So if you help Caldwell win then you have no one to blame and shame than yourself when we have another 8 years of unions running Honolulu...and therby running the state. And oh yeah....you'll also have that ugly, super expensive, standing room only, hour-long-ride rail disaster--blocking the views of the ocean and killing neighorhoods.
on July 12,2012 | 06:01PM
wiliki wrote:
Carlisle is the honest guy here. Elect Carlisle.
on July 13,2012 | 03:06AM
Changalang wrote:
I knew KIrk would beat Peter evenhandedly in fund raising.
on July 12,2012 | 06:09PM
OldDiver wrote:
Chang, why is it that Peter is having trouble raising money.
on July 12,2012 | 08:43PM
wiliki wrote:
His position of not catering to special interests. These campaign finance figures really show the effect of special interest money. This is a good reason to adopt a law for publicly financed campaigns for the big boys-- the governor and mayor positions. So much corruption stems from these two jobs. Secondly, it should be all the local county councils including Honolulu City and County.
on July 13,2012 | 03:09AM
niimi wrote:
Ben will win. It is just a matter of time.
on July 12,2012 | 10:24PM
niimi wrote:
Ben's Filiipino vote is going to break the bank for the opponents.
on July 12,2012 | 10:25PM
wiliki wrote:
If Carlisle and Caldwell are sharp politically speaking, then they should be looking for endorsements from Filipino community leaders.
on July 13,2012 | 03:12AM
wiliki wrote:
Still not enough to run much of a campaign for mayor....
on July 13,2012 | 03:03AM
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