Ed Case and Mazie Hirono will square off one last time this Thursday, on a primetime debate on Hawaii News Now sponsored with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The unexpected decision by Hirono to ask for a fifth debate with her Democratic opponent has some political observers sensing the U.S. representative may be in a much closer race for the U.S. Senate with Case, the former congressman.

One arena where Hirono clearly leads Case, however, is in raising campaign contributions. Should she best him in the Aug. 11 primary, Hirono appears poised to keep pace with presumptive Republican nominee Linda Lingle in the Nov. 6 general election.

According to the July filings with the Federal Election Commission, Hirono collected $829,763 during the second quarter (and $3.4 million for the election cycle) while Case took in $123,819 (and just over $700,000 total). But $25,000 of Case’s latest haul came in a loan he made to himself on June 28, reports show.

Lingle continued to raise more money than anyone else in the U.S. Senate race, raking in $1.1 million from April 1 to June 30 and $4.2 million overall. Hirono had just over $2 million left in the bank compared to Lingle’s $2.3 million (Lingle faces only nominal primary competition). Case had about $252,000 left.

It won’t be known until the next reports are filed how much was spent in the final push to the primary, an especially important period for Case and Hirono who recent polls showed were running neck-and-neck. Should Hirono choose to splurge on TV ads, for example — she has thus far held back — to fend off Case, it will cut into a war chest she would probably rather save for the battle against Lingle.

Meantime, the most recent FEC filings largely continue the contribution patterns of previous reports.

For example, in the last quarter, Case raised all of his money from individual donors. He reported no money from the Democratic Party and none from political action committees.

Hirono and Lingle also reported no money coming directly from their political parties. But each continued to collect significant sums from political action committees, including PACs that are headed by Senate Republicans and Senate Democrats.

Hirono continues to have the support of well-known local business executives, attorneys, government and community leaders; Case attracts lawyers, educators and medical doctors; while Lingle is backed by people who used to work in her administration and a sizable share of mainland interests.

Mazie Hirono

The latest filing for Friends of Mazie Hirono shows that Hirono continued to benefit from groups like EMILY’s List and Act Blue that bundle small contributions earmarked for candidates they support.

Act Blue — an online clearinghouse for Democrats — has sent nearly $240,000 Hirono’s way this election cycle, and the pro-choice EMILY’s List (“Early Money Is Like Yeast”) more than $85,000. EMILY’s List gave Hirono an additional $5,000 from its federal campaign fund.

Hirono also collected significant contributions from Democratic Senate leaders like Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, who has given her $10,000 so far in this campaign cycle. The Tri-State Maxed Out Women PAC gave her $2,500 while Women On The Road To The Senate 12 donated $6,400.

Hirono reported raising $152,267 from PACs. Her donors generally included trade unions, maritime unions, shipping companies and a number of business groups.

Highlights of Hirono donors:

Attorneys Margery Bronster ($2,500), Woody Soldner ($500), Rick Fried ($1,000), Bert Kobayashi Jr. ($500), Jeff Crabtree ($2,500), Wayne Parsons ($1,000), Rich Turbin ($1,500), Gary Galiher ($1,000)

Business Types Matson Navigation president Matt Fox ($1,750), Oceanic Time Warner Cable executive Robert Barlow ($2,500), Queen’s Health System administrator Art Ushijima ($1,500), Watamull Properties executive Gulab Watumull ($500), Environet president Joe Pickard ($2,500), HEI executive Connie Lau ($2,000), developer Jeff Stone ($500), Sofos Realty’s Steve Sofos ($2,000), Kobayashi Group executive Kathryn Inouye ($2,000), American Savings Bank executive Richard Wacker ($2,000), Pasha Group executive George Pasha IV ($2,000), retired Admiral Tom Fargo ($750)

Government and Education Public Utilities Chair Mina Morita ($250), UH Regents’ Executive Administrator Keith Amemiya ($1,000), OHA trustee Oz Stender ($100), Kamehameha School headmaster Michael Chun ($250), University of Hawaii professor Larry Meacham ($950)

Lobbyists John Radcliffe ($2,000), Red Morris ($2,000)

Indian Tribes Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana ($2,500), Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Washington ($1,600), Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians ($500), Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community ($1,000), Morongo Band of Mission Indian ($1,000)

Ed Case

The Case for Hawaii July report shows that nearly all contributions came from within Hawaii.

As noted above, the money all came from individuals — including one mysteriously identified as Anonymous Anonymous, who made 15 contributions totaling $603.

Highlights of Case donors:

Attorneys Paul Alston ($1,000), Michael Green ($1,000), Dan Bent ($200), Phil Brown ($500), Vernon Char ($100), Jay Kimura ($200), Joseph Kinoshita ($500), Karl Kobayashi ($1,000), Carol Pickard ($2,500), Sylvester Quitiquit ($1,000), Fred Rohlfing ($100), Sally Kaye ($200)

Business Types ABC Stores president and CEO Paul Kosasa ($500), BEI Hawaii executive Fred Kubota ($500), JN Group executive Joe Nicolai ($250), Ponoholo Ranch president Harry Von Holt ($500)

Of Note Michael Broderick, president and CEO YMCA ($200), Trust for Public Land director Lea Hong ($250), retired educator Sharon McPhee ($500), University of Hawaii professor Larry Ramsey $250), geophysicist Thomas Reed IV ($500), retired University of Hawaii professor Jerome Comcowich ($100), Kupuna Monitoring Systems owner Cullen Hayashida ($200), Kailua-Kona retiree John Buckstead ($500), Maui physician Dennis Rowe ($1,000), Kauai Council member JoAnn Yukimura ($250)

Linda Lingle

The July filing for the Linda Lingle Senate Committee reported $139,522 in PAC contributions including $2,000 from retiring Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe’s PAC, $2,500 from Arizona Sen. John McCain (that brings his total to Lingle to $7,500) and $5,000 from Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who Lingle recently said she’d work closely with on issues facing both states. Murkowski’s Denali PAC has given Lingle a total of $7,500.

Lingle also took in tens of thousands of dollars from PACs related to health care, banking and finance, utilities and other big business. Many contributors maxed out at $2,500 for the primary, and many reported mainland addresses.

Several individuals, such as New York philanthropist Carol Lee Levin, exceeded the contribution amount and had to have the amount either reduced or divided into $2,500 each for the primary and general.

Highlights of Lingle donors:

Friends, Former Staff, Appointees Roland Lagareta ($500), Barry Fukunaga ($600), Michael Formby ($1,000), Darwin Ching ($1,100), Russ Saito ($2,500), Carlito Caliboso ($1,000)

Local Business Types JN Automotive executive Joe Nicolai ($200), Hawaii Public Health administrator Martha Smith ($1,000), Shidler Group executive Lawrence Taff ($1,000), Ulupalakua Ranch Ranch president Sumner Erdman ($2,500), Public relations executive Ruth Limtiaco ($500), Kihei investor Tim Dwyer ($2,500), Osten Staffing Services president Signe A. Godfrey ($200), City Mill owner Steven Ai ($250), HMAA executive John Henry Felix ($600), Alert Alarm of Hawaii owner Robert Bean ($2,500), Sofos Realty executive Spiros Steven Sofos ($500), Wilson Homecare owner Shelley Wilson ($600), Project Plus owner James Kobatake, Foodland executive Roger Wall ($1,000)
Hawaii National Bank executive Warren Luke ($1,000)

Of Note Architect Matt Gilbertson ($500), Oahu Transit Services chair Anthony Guerrero ($500), Hawaii Opera Theater director Karen Tiller ($1,000), University of Hawaii assistant athletic director Marilyn Moniz-Kahoohanohano ($500), Read Aloud America founder Jed Gaines ($100),

Coal, Mining, Drilling Interests Illinois Coal Association lobbyist Phillip L. Gonet ($250), Ohio Valley Coal miner Ronald Koontz ($1,000), Global Mine Service secretary Susan K. Watson of Pennsylvania ($2,500), American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard ($1,000)

Mainland Business Types Apax Partners CEO John Megrue (New York) ($2,500), Northwestern Engineering executive Stanford Adelstein (South Dakota) ($2,500), Crestview Partners managing director Robert Delaney (New York) ($2,500), Putnam Investments CFO Clare Richer (Massachusetts) ($1,500), Humanscale sales management Nichole Bailey (Atlanta) ($1,500), RM Wilson Co. technical director James McClenathan (Pennsylvania) ($2,500), E&B Inc. director J. Willard Johnson (Houston) ($2,500), SNF Management executive Lawrence Feigen (West Hollywood) ($2,500), DLA Piper partner Ignacio E. Sanchez (Washington, D.C.) ($2,500), Bruckman, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. executive Steven Sherrill (New York) ($2,500), Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe private equity partner Russell Carson (New York) ($2,500)

Homemakers With Pin Money Anne Samson of Beverly Hills ($2,500), Sharon Saunders of San Francisco ($2,500), Rachel Gottstein of Alaska ($2,500), CeCe Ray of Texas ($2,500)

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