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Gabbard outpaces Hannemann in April-June fundraising for U.S. House race

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:44 p.m. HST, Jul 16, 2012

City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard led all 2nd Congressional District candidates in fundraising in the second quarter of 2012, according to contribution reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Gabbard’s campaign raised $320,505 from April 1 through June 30, outpacing former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann’s campaign, which closed the quarter with $252,392 in contributions.

Gabbard's total includes a $10,000 loan from the candidate.

Bob Marx’s campaign raised $49,135, of which $38,500 came from the candidate.

Esther Kia'aina campaign reported $21,022 in contributions, which includes $12,122 in loans and donations from the candidate.

Gabbard’s strong quarter raises her campaign’s total receipts to $891,320, with $540,516 in cash on hand.

Hannemann’s campaign remains in the overall lead with $1,041,884 in donations and $503,754 in cash on hand.

Marx’s campaign has $384,466 in total contributions but a cash-on-hand deficit of $802, followed by Kia'aina’s campaign with $128,889 in contributions and $5,246 in cash on hand.

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owlright wrote:
Wow! Tulsi has definitely got the momentum now. I’ve been following Tulsi’s campaign for a while and I’m super impressed by her dynamic style of politics. She’s a real go getter - she goes out there and gets things done! First she made up the deficit in the polls and now she’s out-fundraised the lot. Plus she has a natural humility that shines through and brings heartfelt meaning to her message servant leadership. This girl is the goods! She's going places and I sure hope we see her in Washington before too long.
on July 15,2012 | 09:45PM
WillN wrote:
She has raised a nice amount of funding this quarter with the help of Emily's list endorsement--but most of it will likely be out of state money. Also, from the debate we have learned that the councilmember has two accomplishments in her lifetime, talk to Akaka about veterans and save food trucks, she has much to do before she has the experience needed to serve Hawaii. But she is starting early and will likely be in Hawaii politics for years to come.
on July 15,2012 | 10:15PM
niimi wrote:
Well, the choice really is for someone with quote unquote experience in Mufi who has played the race card twice in an election, and we cannot institutionalize racism--ever. Mufi's experience tastes sour, with his bullying style of politics. Tulsi will get my vote.
on July 15,2012 | 10:52PM
inverse wrote:
I don't care that Mufi acts like a bully. The governor of New Jersey, Chris Cristie acts and behaves like a bully as well, HOWEVER, Christie sincerely tries to make decisions based on what is best for the people of New Jersey, UNLIKE Mufi who made decisions as Mayor of Honolulu based on his own PERSONAL agenda and ambitions; NOT what is best for the people of Honolulu.
on July 15,2012 | 11:08PM
busterb wrote:
Using the NJ State helicopter to go see his son's baseball games to avoid traffic was in the best interest of his people? Taking property tax money from all NJ residents and funneling it to specific school districts was in who's interest? Christie is a boob.
on July 16,2012 | 08:30AM
LanaAloha wrote:
I agree. I think this election is going to get even uglier on Mufi's end; he's desperate so I'm sure the mud is really going fly.
on July 15,2012 | 11:41PM
jayz43 wrote:
As an ardent anti-rail supporter, I find Tulsi Gabbard’s rail loan vote of “Yes, with reservations” troubling, especially with all of the info now exposed on rail. But she comes across as likeable and sincere and on most issues I agree with her views. She has my support with the caveat being Hawaii’s fate if she DOESN’T win. I suspect others feel the same way.
on July 16,2012 | 12:13AM
koolau wrote:
Hopefully Tulsi has been reading blogs regarding the rail, and her "....with reservations" position hopefully will change to no, as it should if she claims she'll do what's good for Hawaii...Oahu in particular. We already know what position Mufi has regarding rail.
on July 16,2012 | 05:00AM
LanaAloha wrote:
I do understand where you coming from on rail. The thing is, Peter Carlisle is saying the rail is going forward with or without the federal money. So if she didn't approve the loan (which is contingent only upon receiving the federal money), then the taxpayers could be stuck with an additional $1.5 billion bill.
on July 16,2012 | 03:12PM
bender wrote:
Actually there are two more choices to consider. Do your homework before you ignore Marx or Kiana.
on July 16,2012 | 05:44AM
koolau wrote:
Why do you "assume" I haven't done my homework? Do you think you're the only one in existence who has done so? I suggest you not be so narrow minded about other peoples' capacity.
on July 16,2012 | 06:58AM
beachbum11 wrote:
Thank You Bob
on July 16,2012 | 07:47AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
"race" card? Both are hapa, a mix of Samoan and palangi. How could either play a race card.
on July 16,2012 | 06:28AM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
...They are programed to call Hannemann a bully and a racist...nothing, not even logic will stop them.
on July 16,2012 | 07:57AM
Bean808 wrote:
" I look like you"?
on July 16,2012 | 08:54AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
You're probably right. At this point, I don't can't think of anything he could do to change my mind about him.
on July 16,2012 | 09:45AM
Changalang wrote:
I like to be objective and judge by what is done vs. what is said; deeds, not words. Having watched the debate from that perspective; Tulsi was the only PROVEN bully on the stage that night. I like the kinder gentler Mufi a whole lot more than the persona perpetuated by haters; but Auntie K. came off as the most genuine.
on July 16,2012 | 10:49AM
LanaAloha wrote:
I love Mufi. I hope he has a happy life. I just don't want him ever to be in political office in Hawaii again! Enough already.
on July 16,2012 | 11:17AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Teflon Tulsi. Commit to nothing, hedge everything. Yes, with reservations of course. Featherweight chickadee who is single-handedly going to end corruption, save social security, stop the nonsense in Congress and leap buildings in a single bound. Naive & over-confident.

Changalang's right on this one. I might even consider Auntie Esther if she'd sign a pledge to never, ever invite me to karaoke night.

on July 16,2012 | 12:18PM
Changalang wrote:
I am sure Mufi loves Lana too. Pffffffffft.
on July 16,2012 | 01:01PM
Jsato wrote:
Momentum is key - and Tulsi's got it in this race.
on July 15,2012 | 11:47PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
I'm told polls (not yet released) show Mufi still in the lead, so the time is right for Tulsi to side with the voters vs. the City on the question of a multi-billion dollar railroad we cannot afford.
on July 16,2012 | 06:30AM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
How many flip flops can she do before people catch on?
on July 16,2012 | 07:56AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
I disagree that every time an individual changes their mind or their opinion evolves that it is a "flip flop." If I had never "flip flopped," I'd still be wearing acid washed jeans and listening to Wham!
on July 16,2012 | 09:49AM
Jsato wrote:
Yeah Mufi never flip flops. He's for himself 100% of the time. Mufi is for Mufi.
on July 16,2012 | 10:56AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Mufi abandoned the office to which he was elected and which he promised to serve for personal ambition. Unforgivable.
on July 16,2012 | 12:20PM
Changalang wrote:
He also abandoned all mention of Rail from his thought and word for the last two years. Too bad Tool-Si can't say the same.
on July 16,2012 | 01:00PM
beachbum11 wrote:
And so did Obama, but look what people did they still elected him with no experience of anything. How sad for this country.
on July 16,2012 | 07:45AM
JJMoore wrote:
I respect Tulsi's focus on issues that are important to Hawaii - issues like protecting medicare, creating jobs and building a stronger economy for the middle class. These are things that are really important to Hawaii's families. I am also happy about her stance on environmental issues, I think a sustainable future is a must for Hawaii.
on July 15,2012 | 10:33PM
Jsato wrote:
Contrast that with Mufi, who has shown time and time again what he cares about is power and profit.
on July 15,2012 | 11:49PM
beachbum11 wrote:
And most of all himself.
on July 16,2012 | 07:48AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
No doubt the Mufster has a resume. A past. A history, because....he has experience. Teflon Tulsi looks sweet and clean and smiling because to date her part time political career has been focused on lunch wagons. The ten percent attendance at Neighborhood Board meetings is significant to many of us.

If you never done nothing it is easy to say you never done nothing wrong. Experienced people have to live with their resumes - good, bad or indifferent.

on July 16,2012 | 01:05PM
owlright wrote:
Emily's list is an endorsement to be rightfully proud of. Fellow Emily's list endorsements for the US House of Reps include Patsy Mink, Colleen Hanabusa and Mazie Hirono.
on July 15,2012 | 10:42PM
bender wrote:
If they endorsed Mazie Hirono then they have no credibility.
on July 16,2012 | 05:45AM
LanaAloha wrote:
Maneki that's simply not true. You should check out the article Midweek recently did on Tulsi (http://www.midweek.com/tag/tulsi-gabbard/) - she was one of only 10 people in the United States to receive the Jaycee's Outstanding Young American Award. Past recipients include leaders like John F. Kennedy. Tulsi was the first woman ever to be named Distinguished Honor Graduate in the history of the accelerated officer candidate training school. She was the first woman every recognized by the Kuwait army - for her contributions in helping train them in counter-terrorism techniques. She served as a legislative aide to Senator Akaka and served in the state house and on City Council.
on July 16,2012 | 03:20PM
JoeKane wrote:
Tulsi sure is holding her own. I am really impressed with Tulsi Gabbard’s momentum in this race, she has run a strong campaign and isn’t slowing down! Tulsi is determined to bring some justice back into politics. Many people that have given up on voting and lost faith in the whole system of Government altogether meet Tulsi and have renewed hope. Tulsi is honest, homegrown and people like her because she is sincere and from the heart.
on July 15,2012 | 11:35PM
LanaAloha wrote:
This is extremely impresseive. I saw 70% of her contributions are from small individual donations $100 and under. Part of being a political leader is creating momentum and popular support and she's definitely done that.!
on July 15,2012 | 11:38PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
You must be ignoring the whole Vet Vote ad campaign. Or you got math skills in public school. Hehehe.
on July 16,2012 | 01:00PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
She could win now by taking a stand with the majority of voters who oppose the ill-conceived Kapolei Railroad, something the frontrunner cannot do.
on July 16,2012 | 06:27AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
That's about the only way she could dig out and possibly beat the Mufster. But she won't - too scared of the Wrath of Dan.
on July 16,2012 | 12:59PM
LanaAloha wrote:
VoteVet has nothing to do with her campaign. It's totally separate.
on July 16,2012 | 03:21PM
localpoi wrote:
Anybody but Mufi.
on July 16,2012 | 05:31AM
bender wrote:
You can tell she has a lot of money coming in, there's a ton of advertising being pumped out and signs are going up everywhere. But the fact that there is so much moiney flowing into her campaign fund is worrisome because if she gets elected then whoever donated all that money will be back to ask for favors. Usually that doesn't work in the best interest of the public because those campaign donors are special interests. Her campaign workers came through my neighborhoold this past Friday and plastered it with signs, many of them in the public right of way and not on private property. They need to cald their enthusiasm. Of course those that are funding Mufi will also be looking for quid pro quo as well.
on July 16,2012 | 05:43AM
Jsato wrote:
I read that her donations are 70% from individual contributions of $100 or under. Her campaign is from grassroots support.
on July 16,2012 | 10:58AM
koolau wrote:
bender, do you actually believe that theory of yours won't or doesn't apply to any of the front runners in terms of "returning favors"? The difference here is that we already know of Mufi's past. At the least, Tulsi is an option to Mufi.
on August 1,2012 | 04:56AM
honmani2 wrote:
Kia'aina's campaign raised "$1128,889"?
on July 16,2012 | 06:00AM
Changalang wrote:
Just the usual Rail Mafia donors throwing money at their new puppet. Nothing special.
on July 16,2012 | 06:19AM
jcole wrote:
The next article should break down the donations as to number, size, and source. Outside money? Big money? Rail money?
on July 16,2012 | 06:47AM
akuman808 wrote:
Tulsi went directly @ Mufi during the debate in a professional unrelenting manner. Her understanding that would throw Mufi off his game was evident by his facial disgust staring @ Tulsi. Mufi tends to take credit for things others have done and distances himself from things he was responsible for that didn't go too well like the sewage treatmnt fiasco with the Feds. Tulsi took responsibility for her voting and attendance records.
on July 16,2012 | 06:48AM
Changalang wrote:
Falsie's attacks on Mufi showed her desperation and were far from professional. she did not draw blood and only broke her own fingernail. The standout performance of the debate was Auntie K. She is for real.
on July 16,2012 | 07:30AM
Jsato wrote:
He was asking for it. Mufi's idea of aloha is to rip off the taxpayers, lie to us, use our money to lie his friends' pocketbooks and then expect nobody to ask him about it. Real aloha is to stand up to people that rip us off (Mufi) and that's what Tulsi's doing. Somebody's got to call him on his cr*p.
on July 16,2012 | 11:01AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
She blew it on that debate question. She accused Mufster of corruption. He said that was not true. She needed to produce one scrap of evidence to make her case and that would have nailed the big guy. BUT...she failed to provide the one example to prove her case. That made her look like a PRP type attack - smear stuff. backfired. You hear that all around town - she attacked without proof and got rebutted.
on July 16,2012 | 12:58PM
Changalang wrote:
Exactly, that is where she just broke her own fingernail. She doesn't have the skills to fight for Hawaii in Congress with that amateur display. Falsie is not even close to be ready for prime time.
on July 16,2012 | 01:04PM
LanaAloha wrote:
She did rebut - she pointed out to the Star Advertiser article showing Mufi's campaign contributors received $700 million in rail contracts!
on July 16,2012 | 03:30PM
Changalang wrote:
Amateur politician and not an effective bully even when she tried her hardest when the pressure was on. Tool-Si can't hang. She can't talk the talk, and can't walk the walk. Tu-time-lu-si-r.
on July 16,2012 | 03:53PM
Tulsi is using the same donors and political machine as her homophobic father (many of those donors are part of the Chris Butler Hare Krishna super homophobic cult...directly or indirectly......) When meglomeniac guru Chris Butler gives orders to his disciples worldwide that he want such and such candidate to win a political race ...money is sent from Australia ...Poland ext and redistributed to look like its coming from local donors .Its a sinister process that as nothing to do with democracy .Its very unfair to a candidate like Esther that have to depend only on her local supporters ..Not to long ago TULSI was but a register massage therapist before going in the military .Now we can see her every night on our TV sets parading herself in various army uniforms.There as never been a 31 years old in the history of Hawaii that as use the military uniforms for such blatant political propaganda ..... Wrapping herself in the USA flag ......telling the public that she is a born again gay lover when she was ANTI GAY everything only 24 months ago is extremely suspicious ......Tulsi and her father political machine will say and do anything to keep the money flowing and get some of that power ...Mike Gabbard was just a veggie burger flipper before becoming a senator . Regular donors should investigate more deeply before giving one more dollar to that famaly.
on July 16,2012 | 07:05AM
engineersoldier wrote:
I don't know anything about monies from foreign countries but I do get suspicious of someone who claims to have changed her opinion about gay rights after being deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan-which sounds made up and just another way to throw in her military service, which she does too much of. My vote will go to Esther, who appears absolutely genuine, sincere, forthright and public service oriented.
on July 16,2012 | 07:45AM
RandallWi wrote:
Interesting idea
on July 16,2012 | 10:50AM
LanaAloha wrote:
We get it Henry, you hate Tulsi. It seems you subscribe to the kind of bigotry that should be kept in the frozen Tundra of Canada and far away from the Aloha state. Although I'm sure there are plenty of Canadians who aren't bigots.
on July 16,2012 | 11:13AM
turbolink wrote:
Actually Mike Gabbard was a city councilman before senator. We know that because he drove up and down H-1 in his SUV with his name and office in huge letters all over it.
on July 16,2012 | 09:38AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Mufi has more money in his war chest because of all the paybacks from the rich companies he enriched even more by pushing the rail down the throats of taxpayers.
on July 16,2012 | 07:46AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
His position on rail is hurting him more than any single issue. And he can't very well flip-flop on that one.
on July 16,2012 | 10:14AM
Jsato wrote:
I think it's not just his position on rail - it's the fact that he did it in such a corrupt "pay to play" way.
on July 16,2012 | 11:05AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I think Mufi will take this race easily. Business will support him big time. He has a lot of real political experience and actually has a resume as opposed to Teflon Tulsi who is cute but a featherweight. Unions will go Mufster. Remember that the senior vote is not fond of our Lunch Wagon Girl and will likely hold their nose and go for the tall guy and seniors are the single biggest voting cohort. Seniors know that nobody - nobody - could do what Teflon Tulsi is promising as a freshman in the House from a tiny state that gets more in entitlements than it pays in taxes. We've heard that waha before and better a rough, tough guy who has had has nose bloodied than a naive kid who can't commit beyond "with reservations". That's reality folks. Hard reality.
on July 16,2012 | 12:52PM
false wrote:
false3. Too bad I can't vote in the 2nd district. If I could, Tulsi will get my vote. To be very practical, Bob Marx and Esther Kia'aina cannot possibly win but will take away votes. If either is against Mufi, he/she should drop out and support Tulsi.
on July 16,2012 | 08:59AM
LanaAloha wrote:
I agree. It's at that stage of the game.
on July 16,2012 | 11:16AM
dlum003 wrote:
The sick look on Mufi's face during the HNN congressional debate was PRICELESS! Doesn't he get that people in Hawaii don't like him and can see right through his personal agenda? I was impressed by the diminutive but tough Esther Kia'aina. She knows her stuff and articulates very well, just not sure she can run with Tulsi at this point. I'm torn between the two of them, but logic says to go Tulsi to keep the big Moof ahre he belongs ... at home sulking.
on July 16,2012 | 09:20AM
turbolink wrote:
I often wonder what the Gabbard family thinks as they read these posts and has to sort out the pre-manufactured ones from their staff from what is real.
on July 16,2012 | 09:21AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I don't live in this district but I would have concerns for both of them. Mufi is a quitter and left office with too many loose ends. Tulsi's voting record suggests that she does not represent her constituency. The most recent poll reported by the SA showed that the majority in her district were against rail yet all of her votes relating to rail have been in support of rail. Plus the whole yes with reservations is a sad attempt at pandering to both sides...
on July 16,2012 | 09:26AM
popoki wrote:
How much did each candidate raise from Hawaii and how much from the mainland? Mainland interests should not be buying Hawaii elections.
on July 16,2012 | 10:11AM
RandallWi wrote:
Speaking of full disclosure, I can't stand people who attack other people's religion—especially anonymously, so I think anyone who reads this should know that the above poster (HEARTOHEART) is a French Canadian man by the name of Henry Jolicoeur.
on July 16,2012 | 10:52AM
RandallWi wrote:
Henry Jolicoeur, who was a former Hare Krishna Swami by the name of Hanuman das. Because he was so angry and mental, he couldn't get anyone to follow him there so he went off to try to start his own religion, a weird blend of hynpotherapy, Jungian psychology, etc. He promises to "rebirth" people with his hypnotizing skills and "uncover" supposed past abuse so people can sue and get rich. His own daughter was given the name Jamuna, which ironically is a Hindu name - the religion that he's attacking.
on July 16,2012 | 11:08AM
RandallWi wrote:
Henry Jolicoeur who used to be a Hare Krishna but couldn't get any followers there so he went off to try to start his own "hypnotherapy" and rebirthing "religion". Now he's obsessed with Tulsi Gabbard and tries to spread his hatred of Hindus everywhere.
on July 16,2012 | 11:13AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Sounds like your attacking his religion there, Randy.
on July 16,2012 | 12:53PM
LanaAloha wrote:
The hypocrisy of HEARTOHEART's incessant attacks is nauseating.
on July 16,2012 | 03:33PM
Denominator wrote:
Gabbord thinks the job of a politician is simply to reach out and take money from those that have and give it to those who don't. Of course she supports Obama and she's a good liberal Democrat. She'll "protect" social security by giving the money away as fast as she can and raising taxes on anyone that has money. Mufi is no better. He'll just do whatever Inouye says he should. We're DOOMED!
on July 16,2012 | 11:52AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
A 31 year old Guard captain whose major accomplishment deals with lunch wagons in Hawaii is now on TV telling her Commander-in-Chief that she wants that darn old Afghanistan war ended now go get a move on. When that's pau, she will save social security and medicare and in her spare time, clean up all the corruption in the House of Representatives.
on July 16,2012 | 12:44PM
LanaAloha wrote:
I can't stand the hypocrisy of it his attacks.
on July 16,2012 | 03:32PM
randalllw(you brainwash cult member )........There is thousands of Canadians that have a second home in Hawaii ...and we have one in the aloha state since 1983 .......Because I was a world leader with the Hare Krishna religion from 1969 to 1973 ...and because I know personally the meglomeniac spiritual master of the Gabbards (CHRIS BUTLER )...i know their most intimate secrets ..(and their mind control theckniques..as all the ex disciples of Butler do on the RICK ROSS internet forum. I am a very successfull therapist in 2012 and I know for sure that the cult that TULSI GABBARD belong to is no HINDHU religion It is simply the worship of CHRIS BUTLER ...who make people eat his nail clippings as Christians would eat the holy communion. Mike gabbard is Catholic but as never had his children babtize?The cult and the political machine that is financing the Gabbards now want you to beleive that TULSI is a HINDHU ...ask more questions dig deeper for the real truth...she is member of a destructive cult that even arrange her marriage that was a fiasco... I am not afraid or ashame of my present or past beleifs....but the MIKE GABBARD saying he is a Catholic and TULSI saying she is HINDHU ...are just pure lies ...pure deceits ...to keep the money flowing in . This is an INTERNATIONAL cult ...with a one SUPREME leader .....he is the one that orquastrated trapping senator INOUYE in a sex scandal years ago ........Members have pledge their souls to this guy ...when he says I want money for TULSI GABBARD ...Large amounth of money is now flowing in from the mainland ....its flowing in from Australia ..and from POLAND (where he as many devotees with a lot of money .Its sinister because againts such money importing ...a sweet and sincere and truthfull candidate like Esther does not have a chance in the world . Only a MUFI with lots of local money can possibly compete with her and the cult. collecting money from around the world.
on July 16,2012 | 12:52PM
on July 16,2012 | 12:56PM
AND LANA ALOHA ...Let me tell you that there is absolutly no hatred of TULSI GABBARD in my heart ...none Just a clear desire to have the Hawaii public inform of a scam that is hard to understand if you do not know how destructive cults fonction ..be this one or scientology or the Soga Gakkai or the Unification church(who gave an award to Mike Gabbard for is antihomosexual propaganda . Tulsi was born and raise and groom by the cult.. I only hope that she will see the light and be deprogramm and the next time hopefully she will get a husband of her choice ...not another arrange marriage as it was with TAMAYO who is the son of a Philipino army general and a devotee of Chris Butler May she be Happy and May she be at peace.
on July 16,2012 | 01:30PM
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