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Hannemann raises more than $231,000 in congressional race

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:03 p.m. HST, Feb 22, 2012

Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann raised more than $231,000 in the last quarter of 2011 in his race for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District.

Hannemann has raised more than $538,000 for the race overall, his campaign reported today.

"Our fund-raising reflects a cross-section of support from throughout Hawaii, from small business owners and labor, diverse professions, and grassroots supporters in every county," Hannemann said in a statement.

Hannemann is running for Hawaii 2nd Congressional District representing rural Oahu and the neighbor islands. Also in the race is City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard, former Office of Hawaiian Affairs chief advocate Esther Kiaaina, Big Island attorney Bob Marx and Honolulu attorney Rafael del Castillo.

Gabbard reported raising $203,000 for the last quarter and $352,000 for the campaign.

Candidates are seeking to succeed U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, who is running for U.S. Senate.


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DowntownGreen wrote:
Apparently his last massive drubbing at the polls was not enough for him to understand that the people of Hawai`i do not want this man representing them. He needs to be sent another message.
on January 27,2012 | 09:02AM
Anonymous wrote:
According to the SA Charles Djou is not running - what happened - did he drop out?
on January 27,2012 | 02:50PM
Changalang wrote:
He is running for C.D. 1 against Rep. Hanabusa.
on January 27,2012 | 03:15PM
Changalang wrote:
Go Mufi Go! Mufi is uniquely qualified to be part of the next generation of Hawaii's most effective politicians. He was the skills needed to keep bringing home the bacon.
on January 27,2012 | 09:03AM
Changalang wrote:
. . .which is more than 20% of our local economy. Oahu cannot sustain interruption of Federal fund influx. Senator Inouye is not going to live forever, unfortunately.
on January 27,2012 | 09:23AM
beachbum11 wrote:
no, the spending
on January 27,2012 | 11:16AM
Changalang wrote:
If I pay $1 in taxes and I have a choice of having a representative bring back $2 for my $1 from the Federal pool, then that is good for Hawaii. If we have a Rep. in there that takes my $1, then brings nothing back; that Rep has let some other Rep. from another state beat her to the punch. The Fed is printing money like it is going out of style. Bring as much back and beat the other Reps. That is what the job description is. Tulsi cannot run with the big dogs, and would not have friends or connections in the Democratic caucus she is hiding in. Councilwoman for how long? Give me a break. Look how long Charles Djou lasted in Congress with your attitude. Was that a State record?
on January 27,2012 | 12:10PM
sailaway wrote:
What is the key to effectiveness in Congress? Seniority. Tulsi Gabbard is the same age Patsy Mink was when she was first elected to Congress, and no one disputes how effective Mink became. It's just the right and perfect time for Hawaii to send Tulsi to Washington. She is seasoned at the state and city levels of government, has served in the U.S. Senate with Dan Akaka, and has proven herself extraordinarily capable of defending our country in uniform. Changalang makes it sound like Tulsi (a decorated vet and captain in the Army) won’t be able to “run with the big dogs” when the fact is her track record clearly shows that Tulsi will have the dogs on the run (the old dogs who have led our country into the mess it’s in) as she fights for Hawaii in Congress.
on January 27,2012 | 02:50PM
Changalang wrote:
Tulsi supporters are as naive as the Councilwoman. Apparently, they think the Honolulu City Council is in the same league as the U.S. House of representatives. Tulsi/Djou supporters had much higher expectations for Charles; but it takes a big game to run with the big dogs, even with Djou's lengthy time on the Honolulu City Council. What did he do? Same as what Tulsi would be able to do. Nothing. There is the way things should be; and the way things really are. Mufi fits reality.
on January 27,2012 | 03:02PM
sailaway wrote:
what sort of reality? The corporate world? I don’t know how much more REAL you can get than the warzones of Mideast.
on January 27,2012 | 04:15PM
Changalang wrote:
Wasn't that a corporate war for benefit of the military industrial complex that ended in a loss for the U.S.? That is reality. The war is over and soldiering skills just mean someone knows how to follow orders vs. create a winning path forward for a constituency. Funny, being prior service, I never felt wrapping myself in the flag was necessary to succeed in the private sector. Are you sure Tulsi wants you pushing that? You better go check with her campaign.
on January 28,2012 | 04:50AM
hybrid1 wrote:
ABM...Anybody but Mufi who killed Oahu taxpayers with his black hole RAIL!! Vote for Gabbard.
on January 27,2012 | 02:49PM
Changalang wrote:
The voice of the Hawaii GOP. What a coincidence. LOL.
on January 27,2012 | 03:03PM
allie wrote:
Mufi has always been a front man for development and corproate interests. No surprise that he is collecting the favors he gave these people.
on January 27,2012 | 09:18AM
islandsun wrote:
The guy is too self serving.
on January 27,2012 | 09:28AM
Anonymous wrote:
ICivil Beat just posted a story saying Hanneman raised $231,000, just over Tulsi Gabbard's $203,500.
on January 27,2012 | 09:54AM
Changalang wrote:
Aren't the Gabbards Republicans disguising themselves in the Hawaii Democratic Party?
on January 27,2012 | 10:33AM
beachbum11 wrote:
Bad republicans, lousy democrats
on January 27,2012 | 11:17AM
Changalang wrote:
Wolves in sheep's clothing are deceptive and disingenuous by design. The Hawaii GOP should keep their lies to themselves. Go self destruct in a state that is sympathetic to your political philosophy.
on January 27,2012 | 12:12PM
sailaway wrote:
Tulsi is and has always been a Democrat. Mufi, on the other hand, is the actual Republican in this race. Everybody knows it. He's anti-environment, anti-equal rights, and a servant of the interests of the giant corporations and super rich. Changalang, you and other Mufi supporters are trying to make people think Tulsi is her father because Mufi is scared to run against Tulsi herself. He believes the only way he can win is by making it a campaign between himself and Senator Gabbard. It's a ridiculous strategy that is doomed to failure and it looks like Mufi's former contributors have realized this. Changalang, your boy Mufi is old and washed up.
on January 27,2012 | 12:48PM
Changalang wrote:
I have no connection to Mufi's campaign and will not even be able to vote in that district. I just want what is best for Hawaii. It is too important to preserve Federal funds. Maybe someday Tulsi will have enough experience to have a proven record and become a significantly weighted politician. That day is years from now after getting a lot of somethings done. Sorry. I have nothing against Tulsi and think that the low level venue of the Honolulu City Council is a great place for an amateur politician to make their bones.
on January 27,2012 | 03:08PM
owlright wrote:
It seems really odd both Star Bulletin and Civil Beat made the same mistake -- Maybe the way Mufi presented it was not completely straightforward. Mufi knows that perception is reality.
on January 27,2012 | 10:34AM
luvshawaii wrote:
Why would anyone vote for this person?
on January 27,2012 | 10:57AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Even though Mufi is a quitter he probably will better serve Hawaii by wasting federal tax dollars as opposed to wasting local tax dollars. He won't be quite the disaster that Abercrombie was while in Washington. Yes, I will vote for Mufi.
on January 27,2012 | 10:59AM
luvshawaii wrote:
That is scary!
on January 27,2012 | 11:07AM
owlright wrote:
wasting dollars whether it be federal or local is still wasting.
on January 27,2012 | 12:11PM
entrkn wrote:
Mufi Hanneman will represent the best interests of Hawaii better than any of the others.
on January 27,2012 | 11:21AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
You mean like he did with RAIL???
on January 27,2012 | 11:58AM
Changalang wrote:
Rail will always have a delivery boy. Caldwell was first, then Carlisle stole that position as the third. Mufi is beyond that now. Time to get his talent working FOR the benefit of the people of Hawaii. Just being pragmatic in these difficult and increasingly worsening global fiscal environment.
on January 27,2012 | 12:18PM
luvshawaii wrote:
His only talent is being a bully. Like shoving rail down our throats!
on January 27,2012 | 02:24PM
hybrid1 wrote:
on January 27,2012 | 02:50PM
Changalang wrote:
Mufi gave Rail over to Caldwell years ago and he will be your next Mayor unless Ben can win in August. Mufi is a strong man and Hawaii will need someone like that to get their piece in an ever shrinking Federal pie. Being able to enforce your will is an attribute as a politician. Mufi will do strong work for as not against us in the job description of U.S. House Representative.
on January 27,2012 | 03:12PM
colching wrote:
Mufi will be a wonderful representative from Hawaii. When people see this tall, dark, goodlooking man roaming the halls of Congress, armed with his government experiences and his Harvard degree, there will be little doubt that he is from Hawaii. Mufi will become one of the most popular and influential memeber of the House of Representatives. He is already well-received in D.C. Now that everybody's singing (including our President), let's see how they stack up against our guy. Oh, and for those who speak ill of him, Mufi is not wealthy, far from. He is not paid off by developers and businesses, but gets their support because he favors creating jobs. Mufi stuck to that idea of creating jobs through the Rail even though that hurt him politically. That's what a leader does--you make the hard choices, even at your own personal expense.
on January 27,2012 | 11:55AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
colching, we are talking about Mufi Hanneman right? The same guy who shoved this train project down our throats? Is there another Mufi that fits your description?
on January 27,2012 | 12:00PM
Changalang wrote:
The job of Mayor is to take and direct funds from the local tax base. The job of a Representative is to take funds from the Federal tax base, and then bring them home for local consumption. Mufi is the best suited person to excel in the House of Representatives for the benefit of Hawaii. The rest would be in way over their heads.
on January 27,2012 | 12:15PM
colching wrote:
Yup, If your Mufi went to Kalihi public schools, that's him. If your Mufi went to Iolani School and graduated Cum Laude, that's him. If your Mufi attended Harvard University and graduated Cum Laude, that's him. If your Mufi was a Fulbright scholar, studying Government in Wellington, New Zealand, then that's him. If your Mufi worked in the White House for George Bush Sr., then that's him. If your Mufi held executive positions with different Hawaii Governors, that's him. If yur Mufi served on the Honolulu City Council and was its chair, then that's him. If your Mufi, served as the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, then that's him.I f your Mufi is going to work hard for the people of Hawaii and fight to keep bringing home the bacon, ignoring the hatred and cynicism of others, then that's the Mufi I know!
on January 27,2012 | 12:33PM
owlright wrote:
George Bush---ahhh little wonder the Republican party isn’t concerned about the lack of an official Republican candidate in the race to represent Hawaii’s CD2. Mufi Hannemann’s past performance and voting record, as well as his apparent disregard for the environment, his conservative positions on choice and equal rights, makes me think Mufi is more Republican.
on January 27,2012 | 05:37PM
sailaway wrote:
Mufi may be big, but I didn't see him have the courage to put his life on the line like Tulsi did. The toughest battlefield Mufi has been is the green lawn of city hall.
on January 27,2012 | 04:41PM
Changalang wrote:
A lot of combat veterans did the same, and come home to forget and move on, not trying to politically capitalize on it. If Tulsi's combat experience transfers to stellar public service, how come she isn't being a hero in the City Council? There are no medals for doing nothing. Looks like Mr. Martin is the guy being the big dog over there. Soldier skills do not equate automatically to success in occupations that actually take experience, training, and a record of success. The exception would be Special Operators as they are trained to lead societies to fend for themselves. Was Tulsi part of Seal Team Six?
on January 28,2012 | 04:59AM
mcc wrote:
Mufi is full of himself and lied to the taxpayer's about the train. Now he has burdened the taxpayer's of Hawaiii with a useless project that will either run us broke or cost millions to take down. Do we need it? Can we afford it? Can we afford to maintain it? NO! NO! NO! No on Mufi, he is just another self serving politician.
on January 27,2012 | 11:56AM
kimolokahi wrote:
Mufi's strategy up to this point has been to convince people that his victory is inevitable and they better join his team (or suffer the consequences). These recent numbers show that Mufi's strategy isn't going to be working much longer.
on January 27,2012 | 12:10PM
Kapakahi wrote:

Unfortunately, neither Mufi nor Tulsi would be good for the people of Hawaii. The person with the best balance of experience and values is probably Esther Kiaaina. But Esther lacks the funding for a strong campaign and, despite her deep knowledge on policy, is inexperienced in campaigning. Our current campaign system rewards people for being effective "politicians" (in the worst sense of the word) rather than thoughtful "policymakers."

I can understand how Mufi manages to raise so much money. But am I the only one who thinks the real story here is that Tulsi, the so-called "independent," has been able to raise almost the same amount of money in the recent quarter? Where the heck is HER money coming from? What networks and behind the scene operators are supporting HER election?

on January 27,2012 | 12:16PM
Jsato wrote:
Mufi dumped all that sewage in the Ala Wai...then he tried to use racism against Abercrombie...i think he'll do anything to get into office and i just don't trust him.
on January 27,2012 | 02:56PM
livingaloha wrote:
Why are so many people giving Mufi $$$? Wake up, Hawaii! If you think Hannemann will listen to you if he’s elected to Congress, you don’t know Mufi. He lives by "my way or the highway." We know what his way is - representing big corporations, special interests and the only thing that REALLY matters to Mufi - his career.
on January 27,2012 | 03:52PM
AmandaL wrote:
I'm not an expert on why Mr. Hannemann was not able to raise as much money as many people expected him to, but I do know why me and my husband have given the maximum amount to Tulsi. Even though we disagree with her on some of her liberal positions on social issues like abortion, we have known her for years and personally experienced how deep her aloha is for Hawaii's people and our environment. A lot of our friends feel the same way. Tulsi has got to be one of the nicest people I have ever met. Forgive me for my hyperbole, but Tulsi has the aloha of Dan Akaka and the strength and toughness of Dan Inouye.
on January 27,2012 | 04:52PM
soshaljustic wrote:
Weirdest thing, but when I sit down in the bath, I no look like that guy. What up wit dat? I thought he said he look like me? He cannot see very good an no know what up.
on January 28,2012 | 01:55PM
Jsato wrote:
I don't get it why people like Changalang diss vets...He doesn't understand it's people like us who are willing to risk life and limb so ungrateful people like him can use their free speech to put down the very people who protect his free speech! It's just unbelievable how blind people can be...he thinks he has the right to put down all the vets who defend this country, including Tulsi Gabbard...why doesn't he go live in N. Korea and see what it's like to criticize the government there.
on January 29,2012 | 09:02AM
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