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

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:24 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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