WASHINGTON — Many Hawaii business leaders continue to show support for Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, according to Federal Election Commission records detailing donations to her 1st Congressional District re-election campaign.

Hanabusa, who nearly doubled Republican opponent Charles Djou in fundraising in the three-month period that ended Sept. 30, also attracted significant backing from special interest groups.

Djou received donations from executives to a lesser degree, and only one political action committee donation worth $200.

Hanabusa, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, also received several donations from defense contractors.

Take a look at some of the year-to-date donations to the Hanabusa campaign from familiar names in Hawaii and Washington circles.

Under federal law, individuals may contribute up to $5,000 to congressional candidates: No more than $2,500 for the primary election and no more than $2,500 for the general election.

Business Leaders Who Gave to Hanabusa

• James Cook, owner of POP Fishing and Marine: $5,000
• Glenn Nohara, construction consultant for Genba Hawaii: $3,000
• Barron Guss, president of Altres, Hawaii’s largest human resources company: $1,500
• Ralph Harris, president of the Hawaii Land Development Corporation: $1,000
• Don Horner, chairman and CEO of First Hawaiian Bank: $1,000
• Alan Hayashi, public relations director for defense contractor BAE Systems: $600
• Richard Rosenblum, president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Company: $500
• Chet Richardson, executive vice president of Hawaiian Electric Industries: $500
• Russell Lau, CEO of Finance Factors Ltd.: $500
• Constance Lau, president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries: $500
• Alvin Sakamoto, executive vice president at American Savings Bank: $500
• Kenneth Williams, vice president of resort operations at Koolina Community Association: $500

Lawyers and Lobbyists Who Gave to Hanabusa

• Gary Galiher, lawyer for Galiher DeRobertis Ono: $5,000
• Diane Ono, lawyer for Galiher DeRobertis Ono: $5,000
• John Radcliffe, one of Hawaii’s best known lobbyists: $3,100
• George “Red” Morris, president of Capitol Consultants of Hawaii, one of the state’s best known lobbyists: $2,500
• Charles Brain, president of Washington-based Capitol Hill Strategies: $1,195
• Denis Dwyer, Washington-based lobbyist at Williams & Jensen, works on the Honolulu rail project: $1,000
• Timothy Lyons, lobbyist for Anheuser Busch Companies: $400
• Daniele Baierlein, lobbyist with the Washington-based firm the Podesta Group: $250

PAC Power

In addition to the $82,454 that individual donors gave her, Hanabusa also pulled in $60,750 from special interest groups. Here’s a sampling of some of the PACS tied to the Democratic party, major corporations and unions that have given her campaign so far this year:

• Democratic leadership PAC AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America: $6,000
• Seafarers International Union: $5,000
• The nation’s largest public services employees union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees: $5,000
• Alexander & Baldwin: $5,000
• The Walt Disney Company: $5,000
• International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: $5,000
• Defense contractor Lockheed Martin’s employees PAC: $4,000
• AT&T: $3,000
• American Bankers Association: $2,500
• Central Pacific Bank: $2,500
• Defense contractor Raytheon’s PAC: $2,000
• Defense contractor BAE Systems: $2,000
• CBS Corporation: $1,000
• Fortune 500 biotech company Amgen: $1,000
• Engineering and construction firm Parsons Corporation: $1,000
• United Transportation Union: $1,000
• Defense contractor Northrop Grumman’s employee PAC: $1,000
• National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association: $1,000
• The American Hospital Association: $1,000
• Ocean-shipping company Horizon Lines: $1,000

Hanabusa far surpassed Djou in PAC donations, and it appears the discrepancy in special-interest support is what made the difference last quarter. Djou barely trailed Hanabusa in individual donations, taking in a combined $81,211 from July through September.

Business Leaders Who Gave to Djou

• Morris Stoebner, president of Honda Windward: $3,000
• Linda Uezu, vice president of 50th State Poultry: $2,500
• Sylvio Boucher, owner of Homeworks Construction: $1,500
• Ellen Matthews, vice president of souvenir manufacturer Trade West Inc.: $1,000
• David Lundquist, president and CEO of Hardware Hawaii: $1,000
• Blane Yamagata, president of Hawaii recycling company Self-Unitek Solvent Services: $1,000
• Lance Inouye, president and CEO of general contractor Ralph S. Inouye Co.: $500
• Ernest Nishizaki, asset manager for hotel owner and developer Kyo-ya: $500
• George Szigeti, president of alcohol distributor Better Brands: $500
• Sandra Au Fong, Market City executive: $500
• Harvey King, chairman of Honolulu-based risk management and insurance firm King & Neel: $500
• Ronald Zlatoper, Campell Estate trustee: $250
• Steven Gold, owner of School Kine Cookies: $250

Where the Money Goes

Hanabusa spent $85,432 and Djou spent $13,013 in the last quarter. The congresswoman spent more than six times as much as her challenger, in part because she used $42,700 in campaign donations to settle a debt from her 2006 run for Congress.

Many of her other expenses involved paying consultants. Hanabusa’s campaign paid $8,780 to Crossroads Consulting for managing her website and campaign email in the last quarter. It paid $9,502 to Virginia-based Fiorello Consulting for fundraising, and $6,000 to campaign spokesman Richard Rapoza for three months of work.

There were some catering costs on Hanabusa’s ledger, including $948.96 to the Plaza Club for a breakfast. She also donated $1,000 to support California Democrat Loretta Sanchez’s congressional re-election campaign. (Sanchez’s campaign treasurer was arrested last month, and is suspected of taking money from Sanchez’s campaign account.)

Djou spent $3,697 on a fundraiser at Roy’s restaurant in Hawaii Kai, and $1,500 on a table for the Hawaii Republican Party to attend an August fundraiser featuring country musician Lee Greenwood. He also spent more than $4,400 on printing and postage.


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