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Abercrombie adds more than $500K to re-election campaign coffer

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:40 p.m. HST, Jan 31, 2014

Gov. Neil Abercrombie raised more than $533,700 for his re-election campaign over the past six months and $3.8 million overall.

The governor  -- who reported $2.2 million in cash on hand at the end of December -- is facing state Sen. David Ige in the Democratic primary.

Ige reported raising just $56,200 over the past six months and $150,000 overall, which includes money carried over from his state Senate campaign.

"Under Governor Abercrombie's leadership, the state has been restored to financial health with a $844 million surplus, the economy is growing, and unemployment remains low," William Kaneko, Abercrombie's campaign manager, said in a statement.

"His administration continues to invest in giving children a head start through early childhood education, providing financial relief to seniors, and stewardship of the environment. Voters have clearly recognized these achievements. The overwhelming financial support we've received is a testament to their trust in the governor's leadership."

Ige said in a statement: "It's common for the elected official holding the office to have the early advantage of larger donations, but I am confident the residents of Hawaii will elect someone for their character and not the amount of money spent on a campaign." 

He continued, "By Election Day, I will have met thousands of you and hope the majority of residents will know my reputation of authenticity and collaboration and that you will hire me with your vote to serve as the people's governor."

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Maipono wrote:
He will need all of that to run again, when you are the most irresponsible governor Hawaii has ever had, you have to rely on distortion and advertising to counteract all the bad karma he has created.
on January 31,2014 | 02:55PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
on January 31,2014 | 08:58PM
islandsun wrote:
Jus another example of Crombie the sellout.
on January 31,2014 | 02:59PM
yhls wrote:
Nah, no need.
on January 31,2014 | 05:00PM
Ronin006 wrote:
I wonder how Abercrombie was able to raise more than $500k for his reelection campaign. He probably did it with “bond financed” contributions like he created his alleged surplus with his almost $900 million “bond financed” repair, maintenance and construction projects.
on January 31,2014 | 05:21PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Abercrombie is not being truthful in his TV ads regarding the state's economic condition. He claims he came into office with an inherited $200 million budget short fall. That is utter nonsense. I would call it a lie but we all know politicians don’t lie; they simply make inaccurate statements. In any event, the 2010-11 budget submitted by Lingle and approved by the legislature was balanced after she extracted $1.2 billion from the legislature in a combination of tax increase and spending cuts. I am sure most readers will remember the furloughs of state workers. In any event, when Abercrombie became Governor, he quickly restored much of the spending cuts made by Lingle. If there was a $200 million budget shortfall, it occurred after Abercrombie restored the spending cuts. Of course, we all know it could have been Bush’s fault.
on January 31,2014 | 06:18PM
holumuahawaii wrote:
I have never before seen a serious candidate for Governor lose money from one reporting period to another. David started out with $84,000 and ended up with $76,500. This is not good.
on January 31,2014 | 06:42PM
GrLan21 wrote:
Whoever donated him that much money must have rocks in their head! He is a terrible governor!
on January 31,2014 | 07:35PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Whoever donated that much money believes that Mr Abercrombie's re-election will put far more money back into their pockets.
on January 31,2014 | 07:53PM
kukui_nut wrote:
Gov. Walker of Wisconsin is giving much of their surplus back to tax payers.
on January 31,2014 | 07:46PM
WalkoffBalk wrote:
on January 31,2014 | 09:47PM
nitpikker wrote:
hey! how come no bieber story? iwant to comment on him! lol!
on January 31,2014 | 11:58PM
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