Honolulu City Council Chair Ernie Martin raised more than $76,000 in the second half of 2011 even though his term isn’t up until after the 2014 election, according to a filing with the Campaign Spending Commission earlier this month.
Martin has been rumored as a potential mayoral candidate, and has himself said he will definitely run — someday. He has yet to jump into the 2012 race, which already has three big-name candidates in Mayor Peter Carlisle, former Gov. Ben Cayetano and former Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
Eight people or organizations donated the maximum $4,000 to Martin between July and December, together making up more than 40 percent of his haul.
Four appear to be from the same family — Kaneohe residents Elissa Pickard, a librarian and Joseph Pickard, Environet Inc. president; and Kahuku residents Beatrice Pickard and Thomas Pickard, both retirees.
Three others — Chon Ok Mitsunaga, Glenn Okino and Dennis Mitsunaga — work for the same company, Mitsunaga and Associates.
The last maximum contributor is Hawaii Operating Engineers Industry, based in Alameda, Calif.
Here’s the fundraising status of the other Council members elected to four-year terms in 2010:
Tulsi Gabbard has yet to file her report, and is likely more focused on her federal filings in her run for the 2nd Congressional District. Federal and state filings are both due tomorrow. Funds raised for federal races cannot be spent on state or county races, or vice versa.
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