Former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann ended the year with more than $500,000 in the bank, poised to run a tough race for the congressional seat being vacated by Hawaii Rep. Mazie Hirono.

But Honolulu City Council member Tulsi Gabbard also has a respectable $317,000 as of Dec. 31, the latest campaign finance reports filed this week with the Federal Election Commission show.

Hirono has represented rural Oahu (not including Honolulu), the seven neighbor islands, and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands which make up Congressional District 2 since 2007. She is giving up the office to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by veteran Sen. Daniel Akaka, who is retiring.

The open CD2 seat has drawn five contenders, but Hannemann, Gabbard and Marx are the clear front-runners, out-fundraising the other challengers by a wide margin.

Here’s a look at what the latest filings show. They cover the three-month period from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. The next reports are due April 15.

Mufi Hannemann

Hannemann, who’s now president of the Hawaii Hotel and Lodging Association, added $231,808 to his campaign coffers in the last reporting period. Most of that money, about $190,308, came from individual donors, bringing his total for the entire campaign to $526,533. He’s spent $29,096 since the beginning of the campaign, leaving him with $509,468 in the bank as of the end of the year. That includes a $12,000 loan to himself.

Hannemann has collected the most money from political action committees — $61,000 since the beginning of the campaign. Most of that is from mainland organizations, including national labor unions and hotel and travel industry PACs.

Hannemman reported receiving $5,000 from the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers on this report, but all the rest of the money, $36,500, was from outside of Honolulu. His October quarterly report reflected more local PAC contributions – from Alexander and Baldwin, First Hawaiian Bank and Hawaiian Airlines political committees.

Hannemann also is pulling in donations from Democratic political leaders, including $5,000 from the Searchlight Leadership Fund which is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s PAC.

He also received $1,000 from the Parsons Brinckerhoff PAC, the company that is one of the main contractors for the proposed Honolulu rail project.

The report shows Hannemann spent $3,233 on Hawaiian Airline tickets for interisland travel from October through December. He spent $2,187 on a fundraiser at the Marriott, $613 for his kickoff event at the Jailhouse Pub and Grill in Lihue and $325 for food and beverage at the Monocle Restaurant in Washington, D.C., among other expenditures.

Tulsi Gabbard

Gabbard raised $208,655 during the period ending Dec. 31, her report shows, bringing her campaign total to $356,360. She’s spent $43,199 since she started running for the office, leaving her campaign with $317,278 in the bank as of the end of the year.

More than $300,000 of her total has come from individuals. Her record doesn’t show a loan to her campaign but she has reported more than $18,000 in in-kind contributions from herself.

Gabbard also is getting help from mainland PACs, which account for $24,500 of her campaign total. They include national labor unions, the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee, Sempra Energy Employees PAC and the Action Committee for Rural Electrification.

She’s getting help from at least one prominent Democrat, former Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada. Titus has funneled $9,000 to Gabbard through two of her committees, Titus for Congress and Democrats Time In Nevada.

Gabbard has received no PAC money from Hawaii political groups.

Expenditures for the last quarter included $7,500 to Crossroads Consulting in Washington, D.C., and $3,141 to Blue River Productions in Kailua for video equipment rental.

She also spent $361 for car magnets from of Austin, Texas.

Bob Marx

UPDATED Big Island attorney Bob Marx raised $190,088 in the last three months of the year, bringing his total for the campaign to $212,654, his report shows. That includes about $190,000 of his own money when you factor in cash and in-kind contributions.

But Marx has spent much of his cash leaving $50,089 in the bank at the end of the year.

Marx has collected no PAC money.

He’s paid about $6,000 to campaign consultant Donde Leopoldo, $5,000 to Hastings and Pleadwell Public Relations in Honolulu and another $7,000 in salary from October through December to campaign manager Jeani Withington. Marx is the only CD2 candidate who has paid staff at this point in the campaign, records show.

He spent nearly $20,000 on campaign signs, frames and stakes in this reporting period.

But much of his money has gone to advertising. That includes nearly $40,000 for radio ads, about $18,000 for cable TV spots and $5,000 for ads in the Tribune Herald newspaper in Hilo.

Esther Kiaaina

Kiaaina, chief advocate for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and a former congressional staffer, collected $21,354 during the last reporting period. That raised her campaign total to $51,132 with $15,556 of that coming from her own pocket, the report shows.

She’s spent $29,881 since hitting the campaign trail, the largest expenditure of $8,750 for consulting services from a Washington, D.C. company called Navigare Strategy Group. That left her with $20,751 in the bank at the end of the year.

Kiaaina was chief of staff to former Congressman Ed Case, now running for the U.S. Senate, who contributed to her campaign early on. But another of her Washington jobs included chief of staff to Congressman Robert Underwood of Guam, which explains why her finance report for the last quarter shows a disproportionate amount of money from Guam. In fact, of the $21,354 she raised, $5,000 of it came from Guam contributors including Underwood, as well as the speaker of the Guam Legislature, the president of the University of Guam, the president of the Guam Chamber of Commerce, the publisher of the Guam newspaper as well as various business and community leaders from Guam. She also received another $1,000 from the Committee to Elect Madeleine Z. Bordall of Guam.

Hawaii donors only contributed $1,560 of Kiaaina’s total for the last quarter; besides Guam, the rest came from the Mariana Islands, American Samoa, San Francisco, New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Rafael del Castillo

Del Castillo did not have a report on file with the FEC as of Wednesday afternoon even though the filing deadline was Tuesday. His October quarterly report showed he had about $1,500 in the bank at the end of September.

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