Hawaii labor groups haven’t been a major financial factor for candidates this election.
Seventeen labor unions have given a total of $274,917 to 64 candidates. About 40 percent of that total went to Democratic candidate for governor Neil Abercrombie and his running mate Brian Schatz. To put that figure in perspective, Abercrombie alone has raised $3.7 million and Schatz has raised $849,000.
The rest of the union money went to candidates running for everything from the Honolulu City Council and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to the state Senate and House of Representatives.
Labor unions, which tend to be pro-Democrat, have clout in Hawaii where members accounted for 24 percent of wage and salary workers in 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
IBEW Local 1260 gave a total of $6,200 in political contributions, including $5,000 to Abercrombie. Other contributions included $200 to Rep. Karl Rhoads and $500 to Rep. Roy Takumi, as well as $500 to House candidate Jason Bradshaw, .
ILWU Hawaii PAC gave a total of $19,867, including $6,000 to Abercrombie. Other donations: $3,000 to Ernest Martin, $2,500 to City Council candidate Stanley Chang, $2,000 to House candidate Daynette Morikawa, $1,575 to City Council candidate Sesnita Moepono, $500 to Kauai Sen. Ron Kouchi, and $500 to OHA candidate Jeremy Hopkins.
Hawaii State Teachers Association gave $26,950 this election, including $6,000 to Schatz. The teachers union also gave to the following legislative candidates: $2,550 to Jill Tokuda, $2,000 Suzanne Chun Oakland, $4,000 to Larry Price (not the radio guy), and $2,400 to Shan Tsutsui.
United Public Workers gave a total $7,400, including $4,000 to Abercrombie. Other donations included: $1,000 to Daynette Morikawa, $500 to Sesnita Moepono, $250 to Melvin Rapozo, and $350 to Jessica Wooley.
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly gave a total of $13,500, including $6,000 to Schatz. Other donations: $2,000 to Jason Bradshaw, $1,500 to Daynette Morikawa, $1,000 to Christopher Lee and $500 to Ron Kouchi.
Hawaii Ironworkers gave a total of $28,200, including $6,000 to Abercrombie. Other contributions: $2,000 to OHA candidate Peter Apo, $4,000 to John White, $4,000 to Stanley Chang, $4,000 to Ellen Pohai Ryan, $3,700 to Will Espero, $2,000 to Rida Cabanilla, and $1,700 to Henry Aquino.
Hawaii Carpenters Political Action Fund gave a total of $58,150, including $5,800 each to Abercrombie and Schatz. Other donations included: $3,800 to John White, $3,500 to Richard Turbin, $3,800 to Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo, $2,000 to Ellen Pohai Ryan, $1,800 to Dan Couch, $1,800 to Jessica Wooley, $1,800 to Jason Bradshaw, $1,800 to Ryan Yamane, $1,600 to Faye Hanohano, $1,500 to Maui mayoral candidate Alan Arakawa, $1,500 to Michael White, $650 to Sharon Har, and $650 to Hermina Morita.
Committee on Political Education & Political Contributions (Hawaii State AFL-CIO) gave a total of $18,000, including $6,000 to Abercrombie. Other recipients: $2,500 to Larry Price, $2,500 to Will Espero, $2,000 to George Coffman, and $1,000 to Maile Shimabukuro.
Hawaii Fire Fighters Association gave $14,300 total this election, including $6,000 each to Abercrombie and Schatz. Other donations: $1,000 to Charmaine Tavares, $500 to Ron Kouchi, and $500 to John White.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186 gave a total of $10,000 to candidates, including $6,000 to Schatz. Other donations: $2,000 to Jason Bradshaw, $1,500 to Alan Arakawa, and $500 to Michael White.
Plumbers & Pipefitters union gave a total of $24,000, including $6,000 to Schatz. Other donations: $4,000 to Rich Turbin, $4,000 to Donovan Dela Cruz, $4,000 to Alan Arakawa, and $4,000 to Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo.
Hawaii Laborers Political Action Committee (Laborers’ International Union, Local 368) gave $19,250 total, including $6,000 to Schatz. Other donations: $500 to Speaker of the House Calvin Say, $2,500 to Marcus Oshiro, $4,000 to Alan Arakawa, $2,400 to Sesnita Moepono, and $900 to OHA candidate Walter Heen.
This article is based on a search of the top 25 unions by membership in the campaign finance database. Seventeen showed up. The others either didn’t donate or didn’t file a report by the Monday at midnight deadline.
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