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Carlisle leads in fundraising for Honolulu mayor's race

By B.J. Reyes

LAST UPDATED: 04:45 p.m. HST, Jan 31, 2012

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, seeking to retain the job for a full four-year term, reported raising $53,000 in the last half of 2011, according to a report filed Monday with the state Campaign Spending Commission.

Former city Managing Director Kirk Caldwell reported raising $72,000 in the reporting period, according to his campaign spending report filed today.

Former Gov. Ben Cayetano entered the race earlier this month and did not have any donations to report in the current filing period.

All three are expected to compete heavily in the mayor's race. Cayetano has said he expects to need about $500,000 for the race to unseat Carlisle. Caldwell has pegged the number higher, at about $800,000 to $1 million.

Carlisle has raised $340,000 in the current election cycle and had about $297,000 in cash on hand to end 2011. He carried over $89,000 from his 2010 campaign.

Carlisle has done little in the way of campaigning — both challengers declared their bids against him within a week of each other earlier this month. His campaign has said he is focused on the day-to-day operations of running the city and continues to seek ways to trim government spending as he prepares his operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

He opened his campaign headquarters last week.

Despite declaring for the race just this month, Caldwell had previously held fundraisers with an eye on the mayor's race. Caldwell campaign chairman Lex Smith said he remains encouraged by early fundraising efforts noting that virtually all of the latest donations were reported in the last six weeks of 2011. Caldwell still carries a personal campaign debt of about $188,000 from the 2010 race.

Carlisle won a special election in 2010 to fill the final two years of the term vacated by Mufi Hannemann, who resigned to run for governor. He won with a plurality among four major contenders, capturing 38.8 percent of the vote. Caldwell finished second, with 34.6 percent, despite outspending Carlisle by a margin of about 2-to-1.

In a regular election year, one candidate can win with 50 percent plus one vote in the Aug. 11 primary. Otherwise, the top two finishers advance to a run off in the November general election.

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Changalang wrote:
Kirk will pull in over a mill easy if this goes to the general in November.
on January 31,2012 | 09:20AM
what wrote:
Meanwhile, the current mayor Carlisle is pawning everything that isn't bolted down at City Hall to back up the spending of BILLIONS ON RAIL! THE PEOPLE OF HONOLULU ARE BEING ENSLAVED TO DEBT!
on January 31,2012 | 05:03PM
blackmurano wrote:
I am definetley not a Democrat. Mayor Carlise is a Republican and I voted for him in that special election. But I thought he would help the tax-burden citizens of this State like a good Republican. But instead, our vehicle weight tax was raised by a whopping 66 percent, our water rates 70 percent raise increased was approved, now the City want to double the rates of parking meters at parks like Kapiolani. Soon we will another scheduled sewage rates going up again. Now I wish the rail project wasn't approved. They could have used the money for the sewage and water first. I'll be voting for Ben Cayatano for mayor who said he will take care of the sewage problem. At the same time, I'll be voting for my district representing Pearl city on the city council out of office this November. I hope other follow suit in their own district.
on January 31,2012 | 10:01AM
serfboy wrote:
well then somebody better oppose Breen Harimoto. he ran uncontested so won by default.
on January 31,2012 | 11:14AM
hybrid1 wrote:
Ben Cayetano would like to hear from all interested parties-- bjcayetano@aol.com. Let's show strong support and encourage him to run for mayor. Send him a check and volunteer campaign time if you can.
on January 31,2012 | 12:27PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Uhhhh...he already announced he is running, WTH are you talking about?
on January 31,2012 | 03:40PM
hybrid1 wrote:
You're right, my error. I wanted to show his link for those who still need it. http://www.voteben2012.com/donate/
on January 31,2012 | 04:50PM
Maipono wrote:
This makes a lot of sense really, Carlisle and Cauldwell will get rail money, and Cayetano gets the people's money. Honolulu, "Power to the People!" and vote for the common sense choice for mayor, Ben Cayetano.
on January 31,2012 | 10:12AM
McCully wrote:
People should vote for the person who will do something for the city in terms of infrastucture repair and not how much money he has to spend on their campaign. The more money that person fund raises means more favors to pay back.
on January 31,2012 | 10:13AM
ghstar wrote:
"Carlisle leads in fundraising . . . " Big surprise there. With over $5B to pass out to the various Rail contractors, he should No Problem raising campaign funds (or bribes disguised as campaign contributions.)
on January 31,2012 | 10:13AM
kawika72 wrote:
It's time to "clean house" people. If you're satisfied with the way government is currently run, then keep everything the same. If not, vote for change. This is where the people have the power. Don't be fooled by campaign promises. Seldom do they come true.
on January 31,2012 | 10:49AM
soshaljustic wrote:
If you ever see a pic of Sigmund Freud, a man with a large nose, a well-known fact, he used pharmaceutical grade cocaine, our "Father of Psychology" stored lots of nose candy up there while treating many women, yet generalizing all info to men as well. What we received for all the money in drugs to treat a sinus problem was a verbiage of mental illness. We now have a verbiage of the choo choo train, and lots of money swirling around it! I think I will vote for the man with the smallest and shortest nose. Yes, I think I will vote for Ben. I don't need a train in my nose, and all that money that comes with it going into packets as a watch fob on a chain, to buy some new talk.
on January 31,2012 | 10:53AM
luvshawaii wrote:
I voted for Panos, and I will vote for Ben.
on January 31,2012 | 10:56AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
on January 31,2012 | 12:08PM
what wrote:
Carlisle is a bad mayor -- he is doing nothing to control costs is wasting billions on pie in the sky projects. I'm votoing for Ben!
on January 31,2012 | 02:12PM
Changalang wrote:
Look at the money pour in; bought and paid for by special interest. Embarrassing.
on January 31,2012 | 02:51PM
Changalang wrote:
An additional half billion now to underwrite Rail (see above story); watch that property tax rate increase magically increase now to cover the Train wreck. They have already raised everything else within City jurisdiction. Remember when the mayor worked for the people who voted for them? The good ole days vs. the good ole boys. Letter of No Prejudice coming soon.
on January 31,2012 | 04:36PM
hybrid1 wrote:
Not embarrassing to Carlisle...He even said on video that "Rail is fiscally irresponsible". He will stomp on the taxpayer with both feet to gain political power. It is very embarrassing to those taxpayers who did not vote for Panos or do not understand why they should vote for Ben Cayetano.
on January 31,2012 | 04:45PM
Changalang wrote:
Caldwell is the real threat because despite early fund raising numbers, the power is lining up behind him. He is so much more capable and smooth. Carlisle delivers, but Kirk delivers and is 3 steps ahead before anybody notices and people are usually appropriately distracted looking at a distraction. If Ben doesn't get in by August, the juggernaut will have picked up too much momentum. High stakes.
on January 31,2012 | 04:55PM
Changalang wrote:
An additional half billion know to underwrite Rail; watch that property tax rate increase magically increase now to cover the Choo Choo. They have already raised everything else within City jurisdiction. Remember when the mayor worked for the people who voted for them? The good ole days vs. the good ole boys. Letter of No Prejudice coming soon.
on January 31,2012 | 04:35PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
all the money in Hawaii won't be enough to get him elected again, he's going down
on January 31,2012 | 08:17PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Money Laundering, Sweetheart Deal, Under the table Crooks! For those considering voting for BC, have you asked yourself this question: "What could he possibly do as a Mayor that he failed miserably at trying to do as a Govenor"? The reason these WEAK Candidates, and the Candidates dating way back to Jeremy Harris, is because Hawaii(Honolulu/Oahu) residents are not very up to speed on matters that involve finance, economy, Industry, utilities, and running a business. The residents in Hawaii are too preoccupied with Surviving and making ends meet. Throw some numbers here, make some promises there, build a new Freeway, etc and the residents of Hawaii are pacified. Until the next crisis. All the while the Politicians are stealing the State Blind. Hush money, sweetheart deals, Union pay-off's, etc. Heck, it makes good sense for any businessman/woman to run for office here in this State. Tell lots of lies, Steal lots of cash, and always always, make money for your Backers and Constituents. The tax payers, oh yeah, have a parade, bring the Pro Bowl here, and a few concerts, and they will be happy. Keep them employed with Menial jobs with and keep the cost of living and owning a home so out of reach, that they will have to work 2 lifetimes in order to enjoy it. Says alot about the Intellect of the residents of Hawaii. Shame.
on February 4,2012 | 02:07AM
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