Leaders of the Hawaii Legislature didn’t add much to their political war chests during the second half of 2011, according to the latest round of campaign finance reports due by midnight Tuesday.

Speaker of the House Calvin Say raised $13,330 between July 1 and Dec. 31, bringing his total contributions for the entire election cycle to $16,515.

Say spent $15,594 during the same time frame and reported having $32,693 cash on hand as of Dec. 31.

Meanwhile, Senate President Shan Tsutsui took in fewer dollars, but reported having more than three times as much cash on hand than Say.

Tsutsui collected $11,675 in contributions during the final six months of 2011, bringing his total donations for the election to $76,050. He spent $5,731 during the reporting period, and had $104,077 cash on hand as of Dec. 31.

Both legislators’ larger donations came from local and mainland business interests.

To put the fundraising totals in perspective, in the 2010 elections, the average winning House campaign raised $40,051 while the average winning Senate campaign raised $86,707, according to the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission. All 76 legislative seats are up for reelection this year due to redistricting.

Under state law, contributors can give $4,000 to a state Senate candidate and $2,000 to a state House candidate.

House Speaker Say

Here’s a closer look at Say’s contributions and expenses:

Contributions

Some of the larger donations and notable names among Say’s contributors included:

  • Marshall Hung, president Downtown Affordables: $2,000
  • Dwight Yoshimura, retired, General Growth Properties: $2,000
  • Jay Kadowaki, owner J. Kadowaki Construction: $2,000
  • Neil Bellinger: $2,000
  • DaVita (dialysis company) of Washington, D.C.: $1,000
  • Outrigger Enterprises: $1,000
  • Attorney Robert Toyofuku, Pacific Law Group: $500
  • Rodney Chun: $500
  • Attorneys James Leavitt and John Yamane: $200 apiece

Expenses

Say’s single biggest expense was $11,716 spent on printing calendars through Fisher Printing. He also spent $1,375 with Pacific Creations Hawaii for campaign T-shirts.

Senate President Tsutsui

Here’s a closer look at Tsutsui’s contributions and expenses:

Contributions

The Maui lawmaker’s contributor’s included:

  • Hawaii Operating Engineers Industry: $4,000
  • Altria Client Service of Richmond, Va.: $1,000
  • Anheuser Busch Cos.: $1,000
  • Island Insurance Employees PAC: $1,000
  • Outrigger Enterprises: $1,000
  • Pfizer Inc.: $500
  • Total Renal Care of Tacoma, Wash.: $500
  • United Airlines Inc. of a Chicago address: $500

Expenses

Tsutsui’s single biggest expense was $1,425 to Pacific Radio Group in Kahului for “HQ rent.” He spent $1,000 on a sponsorship with the Maui Interscholastic League.

About the Author