Democrat Mazie Hirono and Republican Linda Lingle spent about $5.5 million each in their 2012 contest for the U.S. Senate.

Judging from their most recent fundraising reports, Brian Schatz and Colleen Hanabusa could come close to that, though at this point they are only competing in the Democratic primary; thus far no credible GOP candidate has entered the race.

The reports cover the period from April through June and were filed last week.

Civil Beat has pulled the names of a number of well-known contributors from selected professions and associations, most of whom gave a minimum of $1,000. They include attorney Jeff Watanabe, who delivered Sen. Daniel K. Inouye‘s deathbed wish to Gov. Neil Abercrombie asking that Hanabusa be given Inouye’s job.

Watanabe told Civil Beat he would contribute to both Hanabusa and Schatz, and he has. Hawaiian Electric executive Constance Lau and retired Navy Admiral Thomas Fargo also gave to both candidates, as did a handful of others who hedged their bets for fear of alienating the eventual winner and next U.S. senator.

Hanabusa’s Haul

The U.S. representative reported raising about $500,000 in the second quarter and a total of $732,000 for the current election cycle. The total figure reflects about $230,000 that was transferred from her House campaign filing with the Federal Elections Commission. Hanabusa reported having $654,000 in cash on hand at the end of June.

Hanabusa did not formally launch her Senate campaign until early May, a month after the Q2 filing period began, though the FEC filing for her House seat remained active. Hanabusa’s reported donations also do not reflect contributions from a politically star-studded campaign event at Bishop Museum in early July.

A better head-to-head comparison of Hanabusa’s fundraising chops versus Schatz’s will come with the third quarter filing this fall. For now, though, Hanabusa should be pleased with receiving large contributions from a lot of major donors; she is, after all, taking on an incumbent senator in her own party, albeit one appointed in December.

Hanabusa was also helped by dozens of individual contributions that came via EMILY’S List. The pro-choice organization’s early endorsement of Hanabusa is clearly showing dividends, as it did for Sen. Mazie Hirono and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard in 2012.

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Colleen Hanabusa at a 2010 campaign event.

Here’s a breakdown of which individual donors are contributing big bucks to Hanabusa’s campaign:

Government, Education, Defense

Honolulu Councilmember Ann Kobayashi, Democratic Party official Jadine Nielsen, state Rep. Gregg Takayama, former HTA CEO Rex Johnson, retired Admiral Thomas Fargo, BAE Systems executive Alan Hayashi, Gilbert Tam and Harvard Kim of military contractor Pelatron Inc., former UH President Fujio Matsuda, UH Manoa Chancellor Rockne Freitas, Hawaii Agriculture Director Russell Kokubun, and retired educator Roger Takabayashi

Energy, Communication, High Tech

Oceanit CEO Patrick Sullivan, Hawaii Resource Group executive Renton Nip, Referentia Systems CEO Nelson Kanemoto, Techmana executive Jeffrey Hong, HELCO General Manager Donald Johnson, HECO President Richard Rosenblum, MECO President Sharon Suzuki, Sandwich Isle Communication executives Harold Johnston and Wayne Cabral, Keaki Technologies principal Vaughn Vasconcellos, Honolulu Publishing executive Dave Pellegrin, Nan Inc executives Ryan Nakaima and Fooney Freestone, Hawaiya Tech executives Paul Schultz and Mun-Won Chang, Hawaiian Telcom VP John Komeiji, Waimana Enterprises executives Al Hee, Randall Ho, William Lum and Robert Kihune; and HEI executives Alan Oshima, Stephen McMenamin and Constance Lau

Engineering, Development, Real Estate

Intco Investments executives Ernest Hui and Kane Hui, MCE International President Sam Hyun, Ralph S. Inouye CEO Lance Inouye, Native Hawaiian Community Development executive Derek Sakaguchi, HSI Mechanical President Fred Moore, Century Construction contractor Cory Fukushima, Nakamura Oyama & Associates executives Craig Oyama and Glenn Oyama, Phoenix Corporation consultant Richard Kozuma, Ameron Hawaii Executive Wade Wakayama, Armstrong Builders executive Robert Armstrong, SSFM Engineers engineer Michael Matsumoto, Century Construction contractor Cory Fukushima, Royal Contracting VP Leonard Leong, DR Horton Schuler Homes executives Michael Jones and Robert Bruhl, Kyo-ya Management VP Victor Kimura, and R.M. Towill Corp executives Russell Figueiroa, Pamela Figueiroa, David Tanoue and Collins Lam

More Notable Business Types

ALTRES President Barron Guss, Island Movers owner Lance Terayama, Alexander & Baldwin executives Stanley Kuriyama and Christopher Benjamin, public relations maven Joan Bennet, Hawaii Business Roundtable executive Gary Kai, James Campbell executive Richard Dahl, Monarch Group owner John Toner, PVT Land executives Ben Yamamoto and Albert Shigemura, Pacific Marine President Steven Chung Hee Loui, Outrigger Enterprises executive David Carey and Richard Kelley, Castle & Cooke executive Harry Saunders, Island Insurance executive Colbert Matsumoto, Endo and Company CPA Jack Endo, Star Beach Boys President Anthony Rutledge, retired consultant Galen Ho, investor Richard Gushman, Pacific Links Hawaii COO Micah Kane, First Insurance executive Allen Uyeda, Former HMSA CEO Robert Hiam, HMSA attorney Janna Nakagawa, Maui Memorial Medical Center executive Wesley Lo, Pacific Shipyards executive Iain Wood, Matson VP Kuuhaku Park, P&R Water Taxi executive Charles Pires, Honolulu Freight Service owner Michael Beidleman, retired shipping executive Gary North, and Sause Brothers VP Douglas Won


First Hawaiian Bank and Pacific Guardian Life Director Allen Doane, Hawaii National Bank executive Warren Luke, and First Hawaiian Bank executives Gary Caulfield, Robert Harrison and Raymond Ono

Food Industry

Vak Fisheries CEO Kim Lu, Top of Waikiki restaurant manager Alika Mau, HPC Foods President Ernest Tattori, Pop Fishing and Marine executives James Cooke and Sean Martin, Tamura Super Market CEO Clifford Tamura, Zephyr Fisheries executive John David Hall, and United Fishing Agency executives Frank Goto, Brooks Takenaka, Daniel Otani and Michael Goto

Legal Eagles

Gary Galiher, James Stone, Brian Kang, Jeff Watanabe, Linda Chu Takayama, Wayne Parsons, Joanne Grimes, Gerald Sekiya, Ivan Lui-Kwan, Wesley Ching, Nelson Chun, Ken Marcus, and Diane Ono

Dan Inouye Ohana

Irene Hirano Inouye, Fritts Group consultant Ken Inouye, and Inouye Legacy Fund executive director Jennifer Sabas

Mainland Folks of Note

Home Improvement actress Patricia Richardson, The Simpsons writer Carolyn Omine, Halloween actress Nancy Stephens, Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree, Bill Mills of investment firm The Mills Group, L2 Inc president Warren Printz, Patton Boggs attorney Thomas Boggs, Mele Associates President Melvin Chiogioji, Chickasaw Nation, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Schatz’s Haul

Schatz has been a U.S. senator just seven months, but he’s demonstrated the kind of campaign fundraising strength that would make a veteran senator proud. His latest filing continues the pattern of his previous report demonstrating a who’s who of politically connected Hawaii donors.

His recent filing shows him having raised $911,000 in the latest reporting period and $2 million total for the election cycle. He has $1.6 million in cash on hand.

Of course, there are only 100 senators versus 435 representatives, and they serve six-year terms instead of two. More money naturally flows to even the most inconsequential of Senate incumbents.

That may explain why Schatz received a lot of large contributions from attorneys, consultants and investors in New York City, Los Angeles and the Washington, D.C., area.

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Brian Schatz on election night 2010.

Here’s a breakdown of where some of Schatz’s big bucks came from:

Government, Education, Defense

Gov. Neil Abercrombie campaign manager Bill Kaneko, Former Tax Director Kurt Kawafuchi, Attorney General David Louie, Abercrombie advisor Kate Stanley, UH Manoa professor Karl Kim, former UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, retired Admiral Thomas Fargo, former state Sen. Fred Rohlfing, former state Rep. Marilyn Lee, Oceanit Laboratories executive Jan Sullivan, state Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran, UH Manoa administrator Amy Agbayani, and former Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Steven Levinson

Energy, Communication, High Tech

Radio executive Judith Racine, HEI CEO Constance Lau, Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning president Eric Masutomi, Hoakea Communications President Barbara Tanabe, Environet VP Vicki Gaynor, Honolulu Publishing Chairman David Pelligrin, and Barnwell Industries CEO Morton Kinzler

Engineering, Development, Real Estate

Victoria Group executive Richard Ing, Kaneohe Ranch CEO Mitch D’Olier, engineer executive David Bills, DH Horton executive Michael T. Jones, Watamull Properties executive Jared Watumull, Aina Nui Corp executive David Rae, Kyo-ya VP Ernest Nishizaki, Choi International executive Wanaao Eldridge, Parsons Brinckerhoff planner Rachel Adams, Hawaiian Dredging President William Wilson, Sofos Realty President Steven Sofos, and Queen Emma Land President Eric Martinson

More Notable Business Types

DFS Group executive Sharon Weiner, Sause Brothers President Dale Sause, Tradewind Capital Group executive Franklin Tokioka, PVT Land executive Albert Shigumura, Kaiser Foundation President Janet Liang, car dealer Joe Nicolai, James Campbell Estate trustee David Heenan, Commercial Plumbing President Randal Hiraki, P & R Water Taxi President Charles Pires, James Campbell President Richard Dahl, Worldwide Management Corp venture capitalist James Wei, Murphy’s Bar & Grill owner Don Murphy, Ulupalakua Ranch President Sumner Erdman, Next Design President Stanford Lee, Maui Memorial Medical Center executive Wesley Lo, Tiki’s Bar and Grill owner William Tobin, Sea Hawaii Executive Walter Pickard, Pacific Women’s Care owner Charlene Ushijima, Castle Medical Center President Kathryn Raethel, Aqua Hotels Chairman Michael Paulin, Pacific Asia Holdings CEO Jonathan Kuba, Castle & Cooke President Harry Saunders, Pro Service Hawaii CEO Dustin Sellers, Bishop Street Capital President Michael Hirai, and Hawaii Pacific Health executives Charles Sted, Steven Robertson and Virginia Pressler


Bank of Hawaii executives Susan Ing and Stafford Kiguchi, Citigroup Chairman Michael O’Neill, Central Pacific Bank CEO John Dean, and First Hawaiian Bank executives Iris Matsumoto, Raymond Ono, Robert Harrison, Robert Fujioka and Albert Yamada.

Food Industry

Restaurant owner Roy Yamaguchi, Kawamata Farm farmer Raymond Kawamata, L&L Hawaii Style BBQ CEO Eddie Flores, and Ham Produce and Seafood VP Sam Hugh

Legal Eagles

Bruss Keppeler, Eric James, Jim Bickerton, Gary Slovin, Woodruff Soldner, Christian Adams, Judith Pavey, Kent Morihara, James Tam, Gary Galiher, John Edmunds, Gerald Sumida, James Stone, Crystal Rose, Tony Takitani, Jeff Portnoy, Diane Ono, Barry Sullivan, Joanne Grimes, Shelby Floyd, William Hunt, Louise Ing, Lex Smith, Michael Livingston and Jeff Watanabe

Madeline Albright Ohana

Albright Capital Management executive Gregory Bowes, Wyoming rancher Joe Albright, San Francisco attorney Katie Albright, San Francisco attorney Jacob Schatz, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (Jacob Schatz, Brian’s twin, is married to Katie Albright, Madeleine’s daughter)

Mainland Folks of Note

Fox executive David Nathanson, Tacit Knowledge executive Chris Andrasick, A & M Records co-founder Jerry Moss, CH2M Hill executive Gerard Orozco, Wyoming rancher Marcia Kunstel, Open Pictures founder and owner Dale “Chip” Rosenbloom, Self Worth Foundation President Cheryl Saban, Podesta Group government relations executive Oscar Ramirez, Bloomberg Philanthropies executive Malia Simonds, Eagle Capital investor Ravenel Curry IV, and Beverly Hills philanthropist Jane Nathanson

Political Action Committees Fuel Both Campaigns

Even though he’s a newcomer to the Beltway fundraising crowd, Schatz is raking in considerable money from political action committees, including from the leadership PACs of his fellow senators.

The July quarterly report shows he took in $146,408 from political groups in the period from April through June and has raised $284,308 from PACs since he launched his campaign.

About 15 leading Senate Democrats sent money from their own political funds to Schatz’s campaign in the most recent filing period. That added up to about $62,000.

Sens. Harry Reid of Nevada and Charles Schumer of New York have each given Schatz $10,000 since the beginning of the election cycle. Other Senate supporters include Barbara Boxer of California, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Mark Begich of Alaska.

Schatz also has touted his labor support early in the campaign, and this report reflects more union money coming in, including from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the International Association of Firefighters, the postal workers union, the National Weather Service employees PAC, International Association of Operating Engineers, and others.

But Hanabusa also enjoyed labor support, her report shows, including significant sums from maritime unions. Some labor groups appear to be splitting the difference at this point — the Painters and Allied Trades union, for instance, gave Schatz $5,000 in this reporting period and another $5,000 to Hanabusa.

Hanabusa reported receiving $99,500 from PACs this quarter, bringing her political action committee total to about $155,000.

She collected money from defense industry PACs such as BAE Systems, General Electric and Northrup Grumman.

She also reported large contributions from local PACs like Central Pacific Bank, Alexander & Baldwin, First Hawaiian Bank and hawaiian Airlines.

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