WASHINGTON — Former Gov. Linda Lingle spent more than 20 percent of the nearly $1.8 million she raised in her bid for U.S. Senate last quarter. The Republican shelled out $362,049 in the three-month period that ended on Dec. 31.
The bulk of that money — some $260,000 — paid for fundraising consultants; video, print and online advertisements; statewide polls; direct mail and Lingle’s campaign website, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
For example, Lingle paid Virginia-based LVH Consulting more than $75,600 for help with fundraising and events. She paid New Jersey-based consulting company Jamestown Associates $32,000 for video production services. Her campaign paid Washington-based firm SBR Enterprises about $10,818, and paid another Virginia-based consultant — Aristeia Group — about $10,869.
Two statewide telephone polls cost the Lingle campaign $24,781.
Lingle also spent about $12,565 for online advertising through a company called Seed LLC. Her campaign paid $6,916 to the firm Campaign Solutions for website maintenance and online advertising. According to its website, Campaign Solutions claims to have “invented online fundraising” for political campaigns.
Other expenditures included more than $22,720 on food and beverages for events, and more than $9,000 on hotels in cities like Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Manhattan. She spent more than $11,000 on plane tickets, limo service, rental cars and train travel.
While much of Lingle’s campaign expenditures were made outside of Hawaii, there were some local companies that got lucrative business from the former governor’s Senate campaign.
Lingle dropped $47,580 on printing services, as well as social media and website management with Hagadone Printing. She paid $5,001 for campaign shirts from Happy Shirts Hawaii. The campaign also made smaller expenditures here and there at places like Longs Drugs and Target.
According to the report, Lingle had a bit more than $1.4 million still in the bank as of Dec. 31.
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