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Hanabusa raises $500,000 in quest to unseat Schatz in Senate

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:54 p.m. HST, Jul 11, 2013

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa raised $500,000 in the past quarter for her Democratic primary challenge against U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, her campaign said today.

Her campaign said the donations reflect six weeks of fundraising since she announced she was would run against Schatz in May. Seventy-five percent of the donations came from Hawaii, her campaign said.

Schatz raised $911,000 during the last quarter, according to his campaign, and more than $2 million overall.

"This is a good number for us," Cameron Nekota, Hanabusa's campaign chairman, said in a statement. "Colleen announced her candidacy almost halfway through the quarter and we want to say ‘Mahalo’ to our donors who mobilized so quickly. We are thankful and humbled by the tremendous support we received in a very short period of time."

Hanabusa also had $248,600 in her House account at the end of the first quarter that she can use for her Senate campaign.

The election next year is for the remainder of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye's term, which runs through 2016.

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DownSpout wrote:
OUTSIDE DOUGH: She'll have to overcome the outside money that Schatz has gotten from his New York City friends.
on July 11,2013 | 11:56AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Oh please... you don't think she (and every other candidate for Federal office) doesn't get and use "outside" money? They ALL do.
on July 11,2013 | 01:22PM
brb905 wrote:
What has Hanabusa accomplished to warrant a challenge to Schatz? This illustrates the paternalistic system that exists in Hawaii, where one's connections are more important than one's accomplishments.
on July 11,2013 | 11:58AM
silvangold wrote:
What has Schatz accomplished to warrant an automatic win?
on July 11,2013 | 12:17PM
MakikiView wrote:
Hanabusa has had more time in Congress to accomplish ... nothing -- other than taking the opportunity to divide her Party.
on July 11,2013 | 08:55PM
allie wrote:
Hanabuttah is a zero but she serves the old boyz like Waltah Dods well. She won't be serving the average citizen though. She is a back room operator from way back.
on July 11,2013 | 01:29PM
Mythman wrote:
Cong Hanabusa, you listening? Trustee Kane, you listening: mistake to think the 1921 native Hawaiian escaping the dead end he was put into by the Inouye forces working for KSBE is going to be FINANCIALLY harmful to the ali'i trust fortunes. It is going to INCREASE their fortunes but it is going to DECREASE their absolute power over the rest of us. THIS IS THE CHOICE IN THIS RACE, PEOPLE OF HAWAII!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on July 11,2013 | 11:58AM
copperwire9 wrote:
on July 11,2013 | 12:21PM
false wrote:
Thats your base.
on July 11,2013 | 12:30PM
allie wrote:
on July 11,2013 | 01:29PM
Mythman wrote:
Allie wrote "huh?" Figure it out Hon, and your time in Hawaii will have taught you something worth while. come on now, you have a good brain, use it....
on July 11,2013 | 02:01PM
allie wrote:
on July 11,2013 | 03:20PM
toledo wrote:
This is the biggest reason for eliminating campaining for public office. If you and I want a government job we need a resume, background check and the list goes on . You want public office, no problem, hook and crook and money will get you in.. Way past due far a change in the system which is too far corrupt with money. ANybody wanting to run can submit a resume which is then checked by the police, cia, fbi and if one lie, or wrong doing emerges, kick their asses out and ban them from running again ever. We voters get to read the honest resume before voting. Two problems arise. One....very few candidates will pass scrutiny. Two...one has to be able to read. Might not be the answer but its a start just getting the cash out of our government and back to the people. Wishful thing I guess. Never happen until there is a rebellion and bloodshed much like the birth of this country.
on July 11,2013 | 12:12PM
entrkn wrote:
wasted money
on July 11,2013 | 12:23PM
false wrote:
Neither Hanabusa or Schattz will oppose Obama's police state.
on July 11,2013 | 12:27PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Hanabusa donors...........you are wasting your money.
on July 11,2013 | 12:49PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
At the end of the day you have to ask why people are throwing so much money at Schatz and Hanabusa. Unless they want something in return. Oh yeah....the cycle continues. The best government you can buy.
on July 11,2013 | 12:49PM
hikine wrote:
Hanabusa is depending on Inouye's last words to become a Senator. She's a lame duck now and will be when she becomes a Senator. Inouye was outspoken when he was a Senator and Hanabusa will put his legacy to shame!
on July 11,2013 | 01:05PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
You mean Inouye's legacy as this state's largest pork producer?
on July 11,2013 | 01:12PM
allie wrote:
were those really his last words? Be sceptical folks...
on July 11,2013 | 03:21PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Shouldn't Hanabutta resign from her House seat in order to run for Senate?
on July 11,2013 | 01:08PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
She should, but she is not required to by law. The saving grace is she will have to file for the primary for her current position. If she does, we'll then understand her real commitment to the race, the state (or just herself).
on July 11,2013 | 01:23PM
allie wrote:
wish she would
on July 11,2013 | 01:30PM
trihog wrote:
One other thing. Mazie Hirono as a Senator--what a laugh. All we know about her is that her Mother immigrated because she was getting abused. She couldn't answer one question intelligently while debating Lingle and there she is mumbling her way through the Senate--so sad.
on July 11,2013 | 01:25PM
Wonderful_World wrote:
I just finished reading the Hoopili article and it mentioned Cameron Nekota, a DH Horton spokesman...now I read this article and it mentions Cameron Nekota is Hanabusa's campaign manager. Hmm-m-m...
on July 11,2013 | 07:54PM
UniversityOfMakiki wrote:
Even though Schatz had a lot of help from other Senators' PACs, Hanabusa is keeping excellent pace and 75% of her money comes from Hawaii. Schatz won't make a difference --he only got to Washington because Neil Abercrombie wanted to prove he was "in charge." Colleen will continue to pick up local support because she's experienced, she's proven herself, and we know what she can offer.
on July 12,2013 | 08:23AM
gtracer66 wrote:
It's really a shame that there is really only one party in Hawaii. Most of the U.S. has a Democratic AND a Republican party. Here, Republicans are an endangered species and should be put on a Federal protective list. This is perhaps indicitive of a desire to get "stuff" fro free from the government, which is what the Dems are good for. They are happy to keep the locals on the plantation. And the locals are happy not to have to actually work for what they get.
on July 12,2013 | 09:12AM
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