Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa and her political rival, former Congressman Charles Djou, are heading into the 2012 election with about the same amount of money in the bank to spend on what promises to be a spirited general election campaign.
But Djou’s money has been in the bank for awhile — it’s mainly left over from the 2010 election when he was defeated by Hanabusa for the 1st Congressional District seat. An Army reserve major, Djou is currently deployed to Afghanistan and is prohibited by law from campaigning while on active duty.
So it remains to be seen how successful the Republican contender will be at fundraising when he hits the campaign trail aggressively in a few months. For the 2010 race, when he was running as an incumbent, he raised more than $1.3 million, federal election records show.
Meanwhile, the Democrat Hanabusa has been taking full advantage of her first term in Congress to raise money from the usual political action committees that donate heavily to incumbents, along with individual contributors.
Reports filed last week with the Federal Election Commission show Hanabusa took in $137,176 in the three-month reporting period that ended Dec. 31. That brought her total for the 2012 campaign to $545,357. She ended the year with $340,333 cash on hand.
Much of the last quarter’s fundraising came from the PACs that have an interest in the committees on which Hanabusa sits. She is on the House Armed Services Committee and was recently appointed to a new Business Defense Panel and received much of her money from defense-related PACs like Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics and Northrup Grumman. Unions and business PACs also boosted her campaign treasury.
In the latest reporting period, Hanabusa only collected one PAC contribution from a Hawaii-based committee, and that was $5,000 from DANPAC, the committee headed by Sen. Daniel Inouye, Hawaii’s senior Democratic senator. The rest of the PAC money came from the mainland — about $76,000 from 44 other political action committees, many of them based in Washington, D.C.
On the other hand, most of Hanabusa’s individual donors do reside in Hawaii, a Civil Beat analysis of her last-quarter donors shows. Of about $45,000 raised from individual contributors who gave at least $200, about $35,000 came from Hawaii addresses.
In the last quarter, Hanabusa spent $75,610, bringing her expenditures for the election cycle to $281,106. In the last three months of the year, she paid a Falls Church, Va., consulting firm about $6,000 to help with fundraising. She also spent $7,000 with Honolulu consultant Richard Rapoza.
Hanabusa also is paying salaries to her campaign staff, more than $8,000 in the last quarter to finance director Shannon Kelly and more than $8,000 to John Garibaldi who is listed as administrator.
Hanabusa also transferred $40,000 from her primary campaign committee, Hanabusa for Hawaii, to another campaign committee called Colleen For Congress. Records of that committee show she is using the fund to pay off a loan to herself from her last campaign. Records reflect Hanabusa loaned herself more than $100,000 for the 2010 race and, even with the recent infusion of $40,000, still owes herself nearly $65,000.
Djou’s year-end report shows $81,406 in donations, bringing his total contributions for this cycle to $171,716. He transferred nearly $250,000 from his 2010 campaign, too. He ended the year with $313,454 on hand.
He also raised some PAC money, $18,100 this last quarter, including $500 from Hawaiian Airlines PAC. The rest was from GOP leadership groups and business PACs headquartered on the mainland.
Djou’s campaign spent $11,883 in the last three months of the year, including $5,274 with the Kahua Group, a consulting firm, in Hilo.
Neither Hanabusa nor Djou has a primary opponent so far. The primary is scheduled for Aug. 11.