The top two candidates in the race for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District continue to raise money but appear to be spending minimally in the primary season, keeping their main focus on the Nov. 2 general election.
Democratic state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa raised $330,000 in the last two months as she tries to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Djou.
"I am extremely grateful to receive the continued support of individuals who have expressed their concern for Hawaii and their confidence in our efforts by contributing to my campaign," Hanabusa said in a statement.
"At the same time, these fundraising numbers are just a snapshot in time," she added. "We feel the momentum continuing to build in our favor, so I think we’re setting a good pace in all aspects of the campaign."
Djou, who won the seat in a special election in May, raised $206,000 in July and August, according to Federal Elections Commission reports made public yesterday.
A look at the campaign fundraising in the last two months by the two main candidates running for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District. The reports cover the "pre-primary" filing period from July 1 to Aug. 29.
U.S. REP. CHARLES DJOU, REPUBLICAN
STATE SEN. COLLEEN HANABUSA, DEMOCRAT
Source: Federal Election Commission
He outspent Hanabusa $157,000 to $138,000, but both have sizable amounts on hand as they prepare to face off in the general election. Both are expected to handily win their respective primaries against little-known opponents.
Djou has the edge with $428,000 available, compared to Hanabusa, who had $404,000.
For the election cycle to date, Djou has raised $1.83 million, compared to $1.69 million for Hanabusa.
Djou’s campaign did not return a message seeking comment.
Both candidates have received a fair amount of money from Washington, D.C.-based political action committees.
Djou’s contributions during the past two months include $5,000 each from New York Life Insurance PAC and the American Resort Developers Association, and $2,500 contributions each from GOP Generation Y Fund and Anheuser-Busch PAC, according to FEC records.
Among his Hawaii-based donors are Hawaiian Airlines ($2,000) and Associated Builders & Contractors Hawaii ($3,935).
Djou’s spending includes a new television ad out this week that touts "hope and progress."
Hanabusa’s contributors include PACs of various labor groups such as the Air Line Pilots Association ($2,500), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (5,000), American Federation of Teachers ($5,000), and United Food and Commercial Workers International ($5,000).
Her Hawaii contributors include Alexander & Baldwin ($1,650) and Hawaii Medical Services Association Employee PAC ($2,000).
As Democrats seek to maintain their majority in the U.S. House in the midterm elections, Hanabusa also received several donations from national Democrats, including $1,000 from U.S. Sen. Dan Akaka’s campaign; $2,000 from U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich.; $1,000 from U.S. Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif.; $250 from U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash.; and $2,000 from the Victory Now PAC, chaired by U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who also is chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The DCCC was largely criticized by local Democrats for getting involved in the May special election by backing Ed Case.
Case and Hanabusa split the Democratic vote. Djou won with 39 percent of the vote. Case has since dropped out of the race.