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Pro-rail group reports $1.03M in campaign spending since January

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:11 p.m. HST, Aug 01, 2012

The pro-rail organization Pacific Resource Partnership spent more than $1 million on polling, advertising and other election activities this year, pouring almost all of that money into the three-way Honolulu mayor’s race.

PRP, an organization supported by the Hawaii Carpenters Union and unionized contractors, filed a report with the Campaign Spending Commission Tuesday showing PRP spent $1.03 million from Jan. 1 to July 27.

Most of that money was spent polling voters, producing commercials, buying advertising and engaging in other campaign activities related to the mayor’s race.

Former Gov. Ben Cayetano is running for mayor, and has promised to stop the Honolulu rail project if he is elected. Cayetano is opposed by incumbent Mayor Peter Carlisle and former city Managing Director Kirk Caldwell, who both support the rail project.

A poll published this week by the Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now shows 44 percent of likely voters say they would vote for Cayetano if the election were held today. Carlisle is supported by 27 percent, followed by Caldwell with 25 percent.

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Kahala wrote:
All that money should have been spent fixing some of our really run down, pot-hole ridden roads. I'm so sick of those Imua Rail commercials.
on August 1,2012 | 12:49PM
what wrote:
All that money is indirectly paid for by taxpayers -- the profits the PRC companies get from rail contracts will be used to pay for the advertising and propaganda.
on August 1,2012 | 01:11PM
what wrote:
It's really too bad that so many regular people depend on TV commercials to inform them about issues like rail. Unfortunately, all the lies and propganda in the "Imua Rail" commercials might have swayed votes. Vote Ben Cayetano to stop the PRC companies from stealing and squandering taxpayer money!
on August 1,2012 | 01:16PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
It's such a shame that all that money was wasted on commercials when what we need more coloring books.
on August 1,2012 | 01:38PM
Yup, at least more money should have been allocated to produce more coloring books for the local kids to color the fictitious rail over the rainbows, and fairy tale characters of the PRP on the coloring books. LOL!
on August 1,2012 | 03:01PM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
I'm more surprised that PRP couldn't come up with more money to spend on their commercials to promote Rail since they say that it is so important for Hawaii and not just Oahu. I'm certain that the carpenters who have been paying dues all these years could come up with more COPE or PAC monies to make more commercials for their 'pay to play' dealing. What about the other benficiaries of the massive rail project? How about kicking in some money before or as soon as they are hired to promote rail since it is so great for the people and it will mean that families will have more time to spend together working to pay the taxes when the costs increase, yeah? With the way things are going it appears as WWIII is about to happen according the King of Pork. Dan guaranteed everyone that the Federal government would dole out billions of tax payer dollars for the 20 mile rail so it could eventually be named for him or at least Mufi.
on August 1,2012 | 10:50PM
aomohoa wrote:
Those commercials make me want to throw up! I scream at the TV lairs!
on August 1,2012 | 04:07PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
We know that John White has thrown away a million to smear Ben Cayetano and it has backfired. Polls show a majority oppose rail and a majority support and will vote for Cayetano. I wonder how much Ed Garcia and other "actors" were paid to take part in the smear.
on August 1,2012 | 05:57PM
aomohoa wrote:
Try asking. You never get an answer.
on August 1,2012 | 07:58PM
Kuniarr wrote:
All these commercials use Traffic Congestion as an excuse to sell rail even though rail does nothing to relieve traffic congestion. It just surprises me why the Cayetano campaign does not tell the people that he can bring Traffic Congestion relief to the H1 by a joint venture with the State to bring in the modern technology that has been bringing traffic congestion relief to other States.
on August 1,2012 | 05:25PM
1local wrote:
shut down all unions - a big waste of money for specila interest groups. Get rid of White who is leading the propaganda campaign and is in charge of Hirono's campaign...
on August 1,2012 | 08:56PM
ukuleleblue wrote:
The difficulty is spreading the word to explain how rail will help us here as it does in major cities all over the world. Most locals here do not have experience riding rail transit systems. They envision a lot of hassle doing a lot of transferring to and from buses and walking to complete the trip to their destination. They think that a lot of stops along the route will make a slow trip. In reality, people all over the world use different steps in their commute as needed on a daily basis without complaint. How complicated and how long a trip is depends on where you live and where you are going. All things considered, rail will speed up the trip and move more people more efficiently. The many stops on the rail line are there to serve more locations and if you have ridden rail transit in other cities, you know the loading and unloading at stops is quick. With more seats, this rail system is going to be a joy to ride. Just imagine riding a sleek speedy train from the west side all the way to town with an ocean and mountain view whizzing by all the sorry cars stuck in traffic. When the rail is built, people will come and ride.
on August 1,2012 | 11:18PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
That's not public taxpayers money. Neither is VoteBen, so let's not lie.
on August 1,2012 | 03:59PM
aomohoa wrote:
You're just a money motivated paid blogger like your buddies. You don't care about Oahu. You care about getting paid to lie!
on August 1,2012 | 04:08PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
In the past this poster has said some things which suggest that he or she is not even from Hawaii, or, is new to the islands....
on August 1,2012 | 10:36PM
Some voters stay on one side of the fence while other voters stay on the other side of the fence. Lies or no lies from mudslinging will hit the fan and the outcome will be for the SMART people to decide who to cast their votes.
on August 1,2012 | 04:36PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Those are not city or state monies but monies from private parties.
on August 1,2012 | 05:19PM
Highinthesierras wrote:
That's UNION dues
on August 1,2012 | 05:48PM
islandsun wrote:
Its carpenters union member's money contributed on their behalf by contractors into a trust fund.
on August 1,2012 | 08:09PM
gsc wrote:
I'm proudly voting for Gov BEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on August 1,2012 | 12:51PM
on August 1,2012 | 01:00PM
Descartes22 wrote:
Billionaires attempting to buy the Presidential election under the guise of free speech and the special interest money the pro-railers have coughed up to try to get their way are illustrative of the decay of democracy due to monied interests.
on August 1,2012 | 01:06PM
busthalfnut wrote:
Rail is a scam. We are getting rail-roaded into getting stuck with rail. Please put the brakes on this breakaway train Ben. This thing is out of control. Candidates Carlisle and Caldwell are compromising their own integrity by staying mum on all the negatives about rail. Is that the kind of leadership we want? Hawaii was duped into this rail project. Is there only one politician smart enough and brave enough to take a tough stand?
on August 1,2012 | 01:34PM
kainalu wrote:
What a shame they needed to do that. That one commericial however, the one that shows an entire family waking up at 4:45, as their daily routine revolves around traffic, really struck a nerve personally. And I know that it struck a nerve with most families that live west of Honolulu, but have to go to Honolulu everyday for work or school. Watch the traffic reports on any given morning, and the cameras will show bumper-to-bumper traffic at the Kunia interchange coming in from the west, while the camera on the Punahou St. overpass shows the traffic moving at normal speed coming in from the East. The Kunia interchange is nearly 20-miles out of Honolulu, while the Punahou St. overpass is already in Honolulu.
on August 1,2012 | 01:41PM
OldDiver wrote:
That sob story doesn't move us rich guys living in gated communities on the east side who can wake up late. Why don't you just move to to a gated community on the east side like me. We can then drink a beer together and make fun of the suckers who live on the west side.
on August 1,2012 | 02:47PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Sorry, OD. There already is a system that relieves traffic congestion. And it has been in use for years now. The newest to adopt this system is Portland. See the following link for your information: http:// www.katu.com/news/Variable-speed-limit-signs-are-coming-to-Portland-136326623.html
on August 1,2012 | 03:05PM
aomohoa wrote:
No one here would want to associate with a paid lying slim pro rail blogger like you! Hang out with the other pro rail bloggers
on August 1,2012 | 04:10PM
aomohoa wrote:
Of course I am referring to OD.
on August 1,2012 | 04:26PM
beachbum11 wrote:
Who else could there be but her
on August 1,2012 | 10:09PM
IEBuzzin wrote:
on August 1,2012 | 04:39PM
islandsun wrote:
OD'd, those are the same "suckers" that your group is trying to take advantage of by lying to them about rail. Saying it will reduce traffic when you know rail will bring so much more cars and development there than the westside can handle.
on August 1,2012 | 08:12PM
DPK wrote:
OD: wow.. Twisted mind!
on August 1,2012 | 09:33PM
beachbum11 wrote:
Lady your sick. Maybe something nice will happen to you and make you well. The money from John,Peter and Kirk da j must be good for you have nothing better to do but BS here
on August 1,2012 | 10:08PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Paid blogger...
on August 1,2012 | 10:37PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Sorry, kainalu. Rail is not the answer to traffic congestion. Several states and countries have found a solution to traffic congestion by making the highway smart. Smart, meaning that whenever a congestion occurs at any place on the highway, the highway has signs that instructs drivers what is going on miles ahead and to begin a gradual slowing down from 55-50-45-40 mph so that on reaching the location of where congestion occurred, vehicles travel at 35-45 mph and speed up after the passing thru the location of congestion.
on August 1,2012 | 03:02PM
Anonymous wrote:
The problem is that that family will still need to wake up at 4:45 am everyday once rail is built. Trouble is, they may get home even later if they have to take on another job because of their increase in taxes to maintain this boondoggle of a union, pork barrel, tax busting waste of money.
on August 1,2012 | 03:09PM
Kuniarr wrote:
A traffic congestion relief system already exists and all that is needed is for this Traffic Congestion System to be brought in and installed on the H1. So there won't be anymore whining about sitting in traffic on the H1 and then asking for Rail.
on August 1,2012 | 04:02PM
aomohoa wrote:
I couldn't have said it better Anonymous!
on August 1,2012 | 04:11PM
boomshanker wrote:
Yeah, yeah, yeah, that family are gonna be taking the train, alright. The one with the two little girls safely strapped into the back of the SUV doing their homework. They get home and dad unloads armloads of groceries from the rear of the car. Yep, they're gonna be taking the train. This is precisely the reason the train is doomed to failure - most commutes are multifunctional. What amazes me is that the people making the ads don't see the irony in their own creations. Some of the best unintentional comedy on TV. - and the people know it.
on August 1,2012 | 04:02PM
IEBuzzin wrote:
lived in waianae back in 2006 for about a year with family, a 7:30 am start time meant leaving at 5:30 to beat traffic, barring there was no accidents you might be in town by 7:30, Just seeing the line of cars exiting Nanakuli waiting patiently at the stoplights.....then the mad dash at the H1-H2 merge so you can wait in line at pearl city as traffic crawls through moanalua......that was then and it's worse now, so how are more busses going to help this mess......try asking the people on the bus, especially those riding from waianae.....
on August 1,2012 | 04:34PM
Changalang wrote:
How much worse will it be for a decade while the choke entry and exit to one lane on each side to build Rail?
on August 1,2012 | 09:01PM
Changalang wrote:
It is like that for Mililani to; but wasting money on a 20 mile Kapolei Mall Express will just insure that Mililani/Wahiawa will get no solution for them. No money for them after The Crazy Train; ever. Koa Ridge coming up. Central Oahu will be walking up at 3:55 A.M.and sleeping in their cars before work in town unless they STOP RAIL NOW !
on August 1,2012 | 09:05PM
silvangold wrote:
I love those percentages!
on August 1,2012 | 01:46PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
PRP employees, there go your bonuses.
on August 1,2012 | 02:05PM
Bean808 wrote:
How much of that came from union due, etc.?
on August 1,2012 | 02:05PM
About 1% of each union member's monthly gross pay.
on August 1,2012 | 03:04PM
DPK wrote:
Where are the pro-railers on this one?
on August 1,2012 | 02:31PM
All clamped down says the giant clam.
on August 1,2012 | 02:48PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
That money was spent to bring out the truth of cayataNO....did it work! I think so cayetaNO never moved an inch in the polls. Once the General Elections start, those numbers will drop as more info comes out on cayetaNO.
on August 1,2012 | 04:06PM
The smearing and mudslinging campaign against Cayetano from PRP and others DID NOT work; there was no plus or minus gain considering the amount of money spent to chip Cayetano's character. Stats clocking at 44% for Cayetano is much better than 27% and 24% regarding the other two candidates.
on August 1,2012 | 04:18PM
aomohoa wrote:
Bulll, bull, bull pro rail blogger!
on August 1,2012 | 04:28PM
Changalang wrote:
The Civil Beat independent Fact Check has PRP's claims labeled as "Mostly False". People are getting sick and tired of being lied to.
on August 1,2012 | 06:05PM
DPK wrote:
NanaBoss: Sorry. You can't buy the truth.
on August 1,2012 | 09:35PM
beachbum11 wrote:
And when more information comes on out on you and Od and several others there no telling where you will hiding JA
on August 1,2012 | 10:13PM
Kuniarr wrote:
There already is a system that relieves traffic congestion. And it has been in use for years now. The newest to adopt this system is Portland. Source: http://www.katu.com/news/Variable-speed-limit-signs-are-coming-to-Portland-136326623.html
on August 1,2012 | 03:06PM
Changalang wrote:
Go Ben Go ! Last friggin chance, Oahu.
on August 1,2012 | 03:11PM
boomshanker wrote:
Let's stake this rail vampire through its HART on the first go round, and bury the sucker in a lead-lined casket.
on August 1,2012 | 04:05PM
Changalang wrote:
Ben's only chance to win is in August. We need to make it count. Turnout is everything.
on August 1,2012 | 06:04PM
serious wrote:
Does this mean that the carpenters union doesn't have to stand and strike in front of Walkgreens anymore???
on August 1,2012 | 03:11PM
akuman808 wrote:
Fact 1: Oahu has the worst traffic in the nation. Fact 2: Oahu has the best mass transit system in the nation. Fact 3: The annual ridership on Da BUS is 71 million. Fact 4: The Bus has the lowest cost per passenger mile of any mass transit system. Fact 5: Only public mass transit system that has won twice recognion by the American Public Transporation Association as " America's Best Transit System". Fact 6: The Bus is the 13th most utlized bus fleet. Fact 7: Ben Cayetano will take the Best mass transit system, expand and improve that system and thereby address the worst traffic in the nation. Fact 8: 44% favor Ben. Let's get more facts and less shibai into the debate.
on August 1,2012 | 03:14PM
Kuniarr wrote:
FACT: Traffic Congestion on the H1 can actually and easily be relieved if and only if someone can bring over and install on the H1 a system used in several states in the US and other countries that relieves traffic congestion.
on August 1,2012 | 04:04PM
aomohoa wrote:
It takes a lot of money to brain wash people with propaganda and lies. After a while some people will believe anything. Of course this is all about unions wanting jobs, not about the rail being good for Oahu. They don't care what it does to the Aina or the people. They would sell their souls for a buck!
on August 1,2012 | 04:04PM
OB1NONO_ME wrote:
1 mil spent by PRP is chump change compared to how much of our money has been spent so far by the city and their partners in selling us a faulty product. VOTE 4 BEN CAYETANO AND JUST SO NO TO THUGS.
on August 1,2012 | 04:10PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Good point.. the temporary mayor has spent hundreds of millions on ill-conceived Kapolei RR. Much of it has gone to his friends. Vote for Ben Cayetano, championi of the common man.
on August 1,2012 | 06:00PM
aomohoa wrote:
Vote for Ben! 50% plus one. You might be that plus one vote that counts. Don't think that your vote doesn't matter because it does. Vote, vote, vote.!
on August 1,2012 | 04:14PM
aomohoa wrote:
You are the one PAID to lie!
on August 1,2012 | 04:32PM
aomohoa wrote:
Sorry, my comment went in the wrong place. My comment was aimed at one of the pro rail bloggers.
on August 1,2012 | 04:35PM
aomohoa wrote:
Every time I try to say the Imua rail commercials make me sick it goes for review!
on August 1,2012 | 05:16PM
Changalang wrote:
Welcome to the Big Leagues. :)
on August 1,2012 | 06:40PM
WesleySMori wrote:
on August 1,2012 | 05:05PM
islandsun wrote:
Again, why is HART spending on PR? That is all taken care of by the rail criminals and their mudslingers. Just another taxpayer rip off by Horner and his bandits.
on August 1,2012 | 05:43PM
aomohoa wrote:
Be sure to vote for Ben! We can't just complain without action. I have never been very political. I am over this election. It effects all our lives in Hawaii.
on August 1,2012 | 06:07PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Ed Garcia, you ever read the fact or fiction in the Civil Beat? You give teachers a bad name.
on August 1,2012 | 06:30PM
Eagle156 wrote:
I wonder what the carpenters think about John White spending a million dollars on that garbage. Most of them will vote for Ben who will provide real jobs instead of the pipe dream of jobs in the sky for the doomed rail project.
on August 1,2012 | 06:54PM
islandsun wrote:
They love him right now. But that wont last for too long.
on August 1,2012 | 08:14PM
Hondagt wrote:
Prorail never talks about the reality of the planned system. They do not care that if the current plans are folllowed, the following will become a reality. This is what the "Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., a private consultant hired by the federal government to oversee Honolulu's rail transit project, warned last year that most passengers on the rail line might have to stand, and some might find the ride so uncomfortable that they will not use the system. Jacobs pointed out the two‐car trains that Honolulu has contracted to buy would hold 318 passengers, but only 64 would have seats. That means up to 254 riders would be required to stand.". This was reported in the Star Advertiser but many pro-rail people ignore it. I wonder how many of them have ever had to stand in a rail car for up to 20 miles? People will find that sitting in their cars in traffic might just be better than standing for that long. Then, who has to pay for the white elephant?
on August 1,2012 | 09:38PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
I thought rail is a go already. What a waste of $1 million.
on August 1,2012 | 10:49PM
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