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Hannemann loans his campaign $150,000 in battle for House seat

By Derrick DePledge


Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann has loaned himself $150,000 to help beat back Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard in their Democratic primary for Congress.

Hannemann made the loan last week as Gabbard outshined him in fundraising for the second consecutive reporting period. Gabbard, who has closed Hannemann’s significant lead in public-opinion polls, is also benefitting from independent spending on her behalf by EMILY’s List, VoteVets.org and the Sierra Club.

Both the timing and the size of Hannemann’s loan suggest concern about the direction of the campaign. Hannemann had previously loaned his campaign $12,000 last September.

Tyler Dos Santos-Tam, Hannemann’s deputy campaign manager, said Hannemann made the recent loan to keep up with the influx of “mainland-based special interest money.”

“These independent expenditures have required that Mufi personally borrow money to enable our campaign to stay on message that he’s the best-qualified candidate for the job and that his experience and effectiveness are proven and unmatched,” Dos Santos-Tam said in an email.

“His opponent’s campaign, in order to generate momentum, has taken on an increasingly negative tone filled with falsehoods and half-truths about Mufi, judging by her television ads and print material.”

Gabbard raised more than $96,950 during the first three weeks of July and had $362,050 in cash on hand for the final push before the Aug. 11 primary. She has raised about $1 million overall.

Hannemann raised more than $41,750 in July and had over $242,350 in cash on hand. He has raised more than $1.2 million overall.

Erika Tsuji, Gabbard’s finance director, said Gabbard has the momentum. “Voters have had enough of the same old self-serving politics that has led to gridlock in Washington, D.C., and they are embracing the fresh leadership Tulsi brings,” she said in a statement.

Hannemann and Gabbard want to replace U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, who is running for U.S. Senate. Former state Office of Hawaiian Affairs chief advocate Esther Kiaaina, Hilo attorney Bob Marx and patients’ rights attorney Rafael del Castillo are the other Democrats in the primary.

The 2nd Congressional District covers rural Oahu and the neighbor islands.

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Changalang wrote:
Yup, Tool-Si is all about the Machine financing from Uncle Dan's people from the Mainland, the sinature is the Mainland D establishment Mellman poll. How much did those spots cost that run all over the news hour on all the channels? From a Councilwoman's salary? Emperor Dan diverted over a million of his own campaign dollars to let the DSCC and their House counterpart organization to back him up on all his picks for Hawaii. LOL.....Isn't Hawaii supposed to pick for themselves?
on July 31,2012 | 07:27PM
Changalang wrote:
Erika Tsuji, Gabbard’s finance director, said Gabbard has the momentum. “Voters have had enough of the same old self-serving politics that has led to gridlock in Washington, D.C., and they are embracing the fresh leadership Tulsi brings,”.....................Everyone think when Tulsi has expressed any ability or desire to break with the Rail Mafia and/or Machine Establishment pressure in her short amateur career as a one year Councilwoman?.......................(crickets)............I rest my case, without reservations. Tulsi is just a replacement part for the rusting Machine. LOL.
on July 31,2012 | 07:32PM
Tool-Si? name calling? Next thing your be calling your leader Moofee? Please, save the audience your crafty ways, puhleeeez?
on July 31,2012 | 10:28PM
owlright wrote:
Tulsi is running an amazing campaign - the momentum has been incredible because she's a super hard worker and because people like her and trust her. Go Tulsi!
on August 1,2012 | 12:36AM
wh55 wrote:
I agree she has been very inspiring and I can't wait to vote for her on September 11th. I am so ready for the people of Hawaii to retire Mufi.
on August 1,2012 | 01:01AM
Skyler wrote:
This $150,000 "Mufi" is loaning himself is so fishy. Who knows where the money really came from? Probably the HLTA and their Wall Street backers.
on August 1,2012 | 02:33AM
James_M wrote:
Tulsi's huge surge of grassroots support is making Mufi desperate. We need to end his dirty politics in Hawaii!
on August 1,2012 | 04:00AM
pikake888 wrote:
I've been so sad and disappointed by the way Mufi has exploited taxpayers' money and influence; this election is a chance to finally end that.
on August 1,2012 | 08:17AM
pikake888 wrote:
My husband and I are supporting Tulsi 100% and almost everyone I know is also supporting her. After I met her I realized that she is the real deal - down to earth, very intelligent and full of aloha. She is the right candidate to represent Hawaii in Congress.
on August 1,2012 | 08:15AM
LanaAloha wrote:
Wow Tulsi raised more than twice as much as Mufi over the past month - the people are really showing that they are tired of corrupt politics and want someone in Congress who cares.
on August 1,2012 | 01:18AM
IMVHO wrote:
Tulsi didn't raise that money, it's coming in from big organizations, definitely not grass root supporters. I get a pricely looking campaign brochure in the mail at least 2 or 3 times a week lately. Conveniently my rubbish can is right next to my mail box. The big spending is a big waste, lol...
on August 1,2012 | 09:28AM
Jsato wrote:
It doesn't surprise me that Mufi's supporters call names or try to put down grassroots organizations like Sierra Club, Emily's List and VoteVets. These are all amazing progressive organizations and Tulsi's campaign has been funded by grassroots donations and she's had an incredible push from grassroots volunteers all over the state. People want someone in office who will actually represent THEM, not their corporate cronies and that's why people are working so hard to help get Tulsi elected.
on August 1,2012 | 12:39AM
wh55 wrote:
Well you know how it is - Mufi only wants the big corporations that fund his campaign to have any influence. If it's people fighting for equal rights, the environment, women, etc. then Mufi just wants to crush them. This is exactly how he'd be in Congress. Fight AGAINST the regular people and wheel and deel FOR the Wall Street bankers funding his campaign.
on August 1,2012 | 01:05AM
LanaAloha wrote:
I don't believe it's his own money. Mufi's scared he's going to lose and so are the corrupt business interests that he represents.
on August 1,2012 | 01:19AM
JJMoore wrote:
Speaking of Mufi's corruption, did you see that quote from Cayetano in Honolulu Magazine: Mufi Hannemann had been doling out personal service contracts like hot cakes—$150,000 here, $200,000 there. I know what the guy’s doing. He gave John DeSoto a $150,000 contract. John DeSoto was one of the five [Honolulu City Council members] that voted against rail. I don’t know what John DeSoto does to warrant that, but, you know. Mufi was sprinkling this stuff around. So anyway, I asked Peter, “Make some changes, man. Kick these guys out, for crying out loud.” He says, “I’ll do it.” He gets in, nothing changes. He changes the managing director. That’s all. Then he starts to drink that Kool-Aid, and all of a sudden he’s a pro-rail guy.
on August 1,2012 | 04:28AM
pikake888 wrote:
I really like Ben Cayetano and I appreciate him speaking out against Mufi's corruption. He has my vote too.
on August 1,2012 | 08:18AM
johnd wrote:
Where did Mudi get that lind of money to loan to his own campaign? Oh, I forgot zero percemt loans from the constuction unions. rail contractors, developers, etc, Don"t think he was making enoigh money,. since his forced retirement as Mayor to accumulate that kind of money, The sprnding commision should be looking into illegal contributions,
on July 31,2012 | 09:03PM
whoa, that was low bruddah.......................
on July 31,2012 | 10:29PM
Jsato wrote:
I think he got the money from his phantom "job" at the HLTA (which is funded by Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs.) HLTA paid him a comfy 6 figure salary while he was campaigning full time on their dime. If Mufi's elected, he will be completely beholden to the Wall Street corporations that have caused so many economic problems for Hawaii, so many people to lose their jobs and homes, etc.
on August 1,2012 | 12:27AM
owlright wrote:
Mufi's corrupt ways have lost him many voters. People want someone with real aloha in office and that is Tulsi.
on August 1,2012 | 12:55AM
wh55 wrote:
Agreed. Go Tulsi!
on August 1,2012 | 01:05AM
Eagle156 wrote:
Mufi might not mention rail in his full page ads but the voters know that he is the one who got us into this mess with his choo choo and it will come back to haunt him when he loses on August 11th.
on July 31,2012 | 10:03PM
something like Laurel and Hardy? remember that one
on July 31,2012 | 10:30PM
Jsato wrote:
I think the SA liked the $$ from Muf's full page ads - that must be why they endorsed him.
on August 1,2012 | 12:47AM
owlright wrote:
I hope Mufi's picked out a good repertoire because it looks like he's going to be singing the blues on August 11th
on August 1,2012 | 01:05AM
LanaAloha wrote:
I sure hope so.
on August 1,2012 | 01:20AM
Looks like bad news in the Mufi camp, cant blame Uncle Dan. The survey said that Mufi;s disapproval rate is 38%. The people speak. That is not a good record. Tulsi is a breath of fresh air, no barnacles, no ties, no pay to play, no heavy handed tactics, miffed people in her wake, and no bullying. Doesn't work well in politics, doesn't work well anywhere. Vote Tulsi for light and truth Those who use those tactics end up unemployed in the real world. Mufi is lucky he has a job, where he can campaign when he comes to Molokai (whoops) another stretch of his power...............or not
on July 31,2012 | 10:27PM
Jsato wrote:
Mufi must be really scared to be putting that kind of money into the campaign; so many people are tired of his pay to play, his corruption and bullying manner. I agree Tulsi s a breath of fresh air - people in Congress will like working with her so she'll get plenty done for the people of Hawaii.
on August 1,2012 | 12:33AM
soshaljustic wrote:
Working on Congressional projects is not the same as working on opala projects and kicking homeless people off the streets without a place to go, simply to satisfy the local and tourist need to see clean sidewalks. That does not satisfy the need to help our homeless OHANA. Please recall, most houseless in Hawaii and on Oahu (over 6000) are our OHANA and not from the mainland or elsewhere. Mufi did not kick them when they were down, as bad as...Pay attention to what politician is doing what in SERVICES TO HELP not treat people as opala. Follow the bills and follow the housing needed, social supports needed and written by both. It is one thing to chase people around, but another to take their things and impound it when they are down at out. One hurts, the other hurts like a kick in the head.
on August 1,2012 | 06:33AM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
Mufi is getting desperate
on August 1,2012 | 12:45AM
LanaAloha wrote:
I think people just don't like the bullying, the cronyism and everything else Mufi represents.
on August 1,2012 | 01:21AM
Kaleo744 wrote:
What goes around come around..MUFFY
on August 1,2012 | 12:55AM
soshaljustic wrote:
People wanted a difference, and are going to be very surprised when they find out they did not pay attention, feel betrayed because they did not get what was promised. With Mufi, they know this candidate and his faults. Always wise to run early as an unknown, on principles everyone can identify with, especially when people have not watched your early promises and the betrayal of those. Mufi has worked for the people, and has made his mistakes in the City. Mufi learned from that! -----Are people ready to have these mistakes of learning acquired by a green person that represents them in Congress? That is all to frightening a concept. I would let the greening work itself out on the City's dime and have Tulsi get her wings on the C&C scale FIRST!!! Gotta crawl before you can walk, that is why they teach low-crwling in the army? Cannot walk out till you know the area has been cleared! Right Tulsi? We KNOW this.
on August 1,2012 | 06:23AM
lotstosay wrote:
In 1999 Board of Water Supply employees informed Mufi Hannemann of the corruption going on at the BWS, the hiring of many bonus contract executives with $125,000 salaries plus bonuses and squandering of millions of dollars on failed pet projects. Mufi promised BWS campaign volunteers and employees from 1999 to 2004 he would fix the BWS when he became Mayor. After being elected in 2004, Mufi broke his promise and appointed a BWS Manager and Deputy who compounded the problems and raised water rates a historic 57.6 percent in 2006 and 70 percent in 2011. A chance meeting with Mufi’s campaign treasurer and at my persistence got him to finally admit Mufi gave instructions not to entertain calls from or assist his volunteers. Is this who we want to send to Washington?
on August 1,2012 | 08:16AM
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