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In their latest federal campaign contributions filing — the last chance before the Aug. 11 primary for the public to see where the candidates get their money — Hannemann and Gabbard demonstrate clout with interest groups and well-known local supporters.
Hannemann has the backing of groups in the shipping industry, maritime unions and hotel executives and many in the Honolulu business elite such as Walter Dods, Connie Lau, David Carey, Robbie Alm, Stanley Kuriyama, Ernest Nishizaki and Eric Yeaman. An actor from the Los Angeles area named Michael Douglas also donated $2,500 to the campaign of the former Honolulu mayor.
Gabbard received money from executives with clean-energy businesses, well-known lawyers like Rick Fried, Sherry Broder, Lorraine Akiba and Paul Alston, business leaders like Don Horner and Ralph Inouye, and a lot of employees working at Down to Earth and the Noni Connection. Mark Geragos, the Los Angeles lawyer of celebrity clients, contributed $1,278 to Gabbard for in-kind food and beverages.
According to reports that cover the period from April 1 through June 30, Hannemann raised about $252,392, bringing his total take for the campaign to just over $1 million. He spent $379,860 in the last three months, and that left him with $503,754 in the bank as the campaign enters its final weeks.
Gabbard, who has been bolstered by veterans’ organizations running TV ads, exceeded Hannemann when it came to raising money this past quarter, and is in slightly better financial shape as they push to the end. She raised $307,480 in the reporting period, bringing her campaign total to $876,858. She spent $241,564 and has $540,516 on hand for the last six weeks of the campaign.
Neither has reported receiving any money from the Democratic Party or its affiliates, either local or national, a strong indication that the party does not fear the seat will fall to Republicans.
The other two prominent Democrats running against Hannemann and Gabbard trailed far behind in fundraising.
The July quarterly filing for Gabbard, the military veteran and Honolulu City Council member, shows heavy reliance on individuals for her contributions — $283,000 out of the $320,500 raised, including a $10,000 loan from the candidate. About 60 percent of her money comes from donors who list their address in Hawaii or give less than $200, a Civil Beat analysis shows.
Many of Gabbard’s contributors hail from the areas of law, energy, the military, construction and development:
Law Lorraine Akiba, McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon ($500); Sherry Broder, Law Offices of Sherry Broder ($250); Richard Fried, Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairba ($3,000); Paul Alston, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing ($500).
Energy Henk Rogers, Blue Planet Software president and CEO ($2,500); Paul J. Gaynor, First Wind CEO ($2,500); Rod Braunthal, Revolusun principal ($1,000); Mark Duda, Distributed Energy Partners principal ($2,500); Kenton T. Eldridge, Aina Koa Pono co-founder ($600); Kelly T. King, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies executive ($2,500); Robert A. King, Pacific Biodiesel president ($2,500).
Finance, Development, Construction Don Horner, First Hawaiian Bank executive ($600); Lance Inouye, Ralph S. Inouye Company president ($2,500); Ralph S. Inouye, Ralph S. Inouye Company general contractor ($2,500); Victor Kimura, Kyo-ya Management Company executive ($1,400); Glenn M. Okino, Mitsunaga Construction president ($2,500); William A. Paik, Grace Pacific Corporation president ($500); Albert Shigemura, PVT Landfill owner ($2,500).
Military Galen Ho, BAE Systems executive ($2,500); Eunjin Chang, U.S. military retired ($3,000); Norbert Enos, Veterans of Foreign Wars adjutant quartermaster ($350); Yolanda King, U.S. Air Force scientist (New Mexico), $2,500.
Three contributors maxed out at the $5,000 limit for the primary and general elections: Franklin Tsuji, Clinical Labs of Hawaii medical technician; Vaughn G.A. Vasconcellos, Akimeka CEO; and Darwin Abenoja, Signature Cab Holdings controller. (Abenoja also gave the same amount to Hannemann.)
About a half-dozen employees of a company called Noni Connection, a manufacturer and distributor of natural health and beauty products, gave a combined $5,615 to Gabbard. About the same number of employees at Down To Earth, a natural food, supplement and beverage business that also does online retail and mail-orders, contributed a combined $2,045.
In addition to individual contributors, Gabbard collected $27,250 from political action committees this past quarter. That included some union money, several women’s PACs including EMILY’s List, the Sierra Club’s national PAC and a few congressional Democratic leadership committees. She got $5,000 from the U.S. India political action committee and $4,500 from veterans’ groups.
On the expenditure side, Gabbard spent more than $77,000 on TV commercials from April through June. She paid her campaign manager, Max Glass of Virginia, about $12,000 in those three months and spent another roughly $80,000 on Beltway research, direct mail and media consulting firms.
Like his primary opponent, most of Hannemann’s contributions reported in his July filing were from individuals — $200,000 out of $252,000 raised. About 53 percent of Hannemann’s donors, including small contributions, are from Hawaii residents, according to a Civil Beat analysis.
Like Gabbard, Hannemann has his supporters in the areas of finance, law, construction and development. The former head of the Hawaii Lodging and Hotel Association is also backed by utility executives and major tourism interests.
Tourism Chris Tatum, Marriott International executive ($1,000); Rick Egged, Waikiki Improvement Association executive director ($1,050); Jean E. Rolles, Outrigger Enterprises ($4,000); Barry Wallace, Outrigger Enterprises executive ($2,500); Melvin Y. Kaneshige, Outrigger Enterprises Group ($5,000); Alan Kimi, Seaside Hotels Hawaii ($5,000); David P. Carey III, Outrigger Enterprises executive ($5,000).
Construction and Development Nelson N. S. Chun, Alexander & Baldwin executive ($1,000); Joel M. Wine, Alexander & Baldwin CFO (Calif.) ($1,000); Stanley Kuriyama, Alexander & Baldwin president and CEO ($2,000); Mark Y. Watase, Mark Development ($2,500); Geraldine Y. Watase, Mark Development corporate secretary ($2,500); Robert M. Creps, Grace Pacific Corporation executive ($2,000); Gordon C. K. Yee, Grace Pacific Corporation executive ($2,000); David C. Hulihee, Royal Contracting Co. executive ($2,000), Ernest K. Nishizaki, Kyo-ya Company executive ($1,667 for in-kind hotel and transportation).
Finance Gary Caulfield, First Hawaiian Bank vice chairman ($2,500); Allen Doane, retired ($2,000); Walter Dods, retired ($2,500).
Utilities Robert A. Alm, Hawaiian Electric Corp executive ($250); Constance H. Lau, Hawaiian Electric Industries president and CEO ($1,000).
Law Diane T. Ono, Galiher DeRobertis Ono ($1,500); Gary O. Galiher, Galiher DeRobertis Ono ($1,500); Ray K. Kamikawa, Chun Kerr Dodd Beaman & Wong ($2,000).
Others Contributing the Maximum $5,000 Patrick Shin, Nan, Inc.; Karen Chang, KC & Associates; Russell S. Akamine, ACW Group partner; Alton K. Miyashiro, N&K CPAs; Robert T. Tanaka, Tanaka Design Group principal; David P Taylor, Jr., Capital Industries executive (Seattle).
Other Names You Many Know Dennis E. Christianson, Anthology Marketing Group CEO ($1,000); Arthur A. Ushijima, Queen’s Health Systems president and CEO ($3,000); Shaun Ushijima, Ushijima Architects president ($2,000); Allen B. Uyeda, First Insurance Company president and CEO ($1,000); Eric K. Yeaman, Hawaiian Telcom president and CEO ($1,000); Mark H. Higa, WCIT Architecture executive ($1,400); Shannon M. Higa, TheCAB executive ($4,500); Scott Kouchi, Garden Isle Disposal executive ($2,520); Sherry Menor, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii executive ($1,050); Gary T. Okamoto, Wilson, Okamoto & Associates president ($4,000); David Rae, Aina Nui Corp ($2,000).
More than 20 people working for Matson Navigation gave more than a combined $13,555 to Hannemann, including executive Matthew J. Cox (Calif.), who contributed $2,500.
Hannemann also paid Matson Navigation $2,500 for “facilities and food.” The company’s political action committee gave $5,000 in contributions in addition to what individual employees gave him.
Hannemann continued to collect money from PACs representing the shipping industry, including maritime unions. Other unions including the International Association of Firefighters, Laborers International and the American Federation of Government Employees gave him thousands of dollars.
He raised $52,800 from PACs this quarter.
Hannemann also spent heavily on advertising, including $10,000 to TV stations and another $115,784 to McNeil-Wilson of Honolulu, an advertising firm. He paid the Honolulu Star-Advertiser more than $40,000 for ads on its website in the three-month period. And he spent $300 on an ad in the Miss Kauai Filipina Scholarship Pageant.
Consultants got at least $10,000 of Hannemann’s campaign cash and he paid QMark research $5,130 for polling.