Michael Levine reports for Inside Honolulu:

Ben Cayetano filed his campaign finance reports with the state early Thursday, confirming his statement at his press conference Tuesday that he’d raised almost $900,000 in the first half of 2012.

We’ll have a deeper look into where Cayetano got and spent his cash, but for now here’s an interesting quick takeaway: He relied heavily on a select few big-money donors.

A back-of-the-envelope Civil Beat analysis found that just over half of the $893,064 Cayetano pulled in between January and June came from the 112 individuals or groups who gave him the maximum allowable contribution of $4,000 apiece. (112 x $4,000 = $448,000 = 50.2 percent of Cayetano’s total haul.)

By comparison, only 11 donors gave Peter Carlisle enough money in the first half of the year to bring their 2012 election totals up to $4,000, according to his filing earlier this week.

He had one max donor in the months after the 2010 special election, 10 others in the first half of 2011 and none in the second half of last year for a grand total of 22 contributors maxed out at $4,000 so far. That $88,000 represents about 16 percent of the $560,000 Carlisle’s raised so far this election cycle.

Perhaps feeling jealous, Carlisle’s campaign put out this statement Thursday on behalf of Campaign Manager Nani Medeiros:

Unlike his opponents, Mayor Carlisle is not a full-time candidate and he is not spending hours and hours every day asking people for money. Instead he is spending that time, and more, as Mayor, working hard every day to lead our city and county forward.

Kirk Caldwell has, as of this writing, yet to file his reports, which are due at midnight. He had three donors contribute the max in the second half of 2011. In the cycle leading up to the 2010 election, 51 donors maxed out for Caldwell — enough to represent about 17 percent of all the money he raised.

Michael Levine