Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa has raised — and spent — more money than her Republican opponent, Charles Djou, according to the candidates’ latest campaign spending reports.
Although Hanabusa has received almost $1 million in donations since the campaign began, her recent expenditures have left her with roughly the same amount of cash on hand as Djou.
This is a considerable feat given that Djou has taken in than $400,000 total this election cycle.
According to Hanabusa’s Federal Election Commission report covering April 1 to June 30, Hanabusa collected $187,174 in contributions this quarter, outpacing Djou who raised $139,170. But while Djou spent $21,763, Hanabusa spent almost five times as much.
The bulk of Hanabusa’s expenses went to pay her staff. Djou’s biggest expense was printing.
Including funds carried over from previous campaigns, both candidates have about $500,000 in the bank. They face only token opposition in the Aug. 11 primary and are expected to cruise through to the general election.
As the Republican underdog in a blue district, Djou has relatively few PAC supporters. Six of the nine listed on his July FEC report are mainland-based organizations promoting Republican leadership in Congress. The other three are PACs from the financial and oil industries. First Hawaiian Bank and Central Pacific Bank PACs donated $500 and $1,000 respectively. Exxon Mobil Corporation PAC donated the maximum amount possible: $5,000. The national Republican party did not donate any money to Djou’s campaign.
The vast majority — about 85 percent — of Djou’s contributions came from individuals, consistent with his fundraising earlier in the race. Djou received $5,000 in total contributions from several homemakers and retirees, as well as David R. Lundquist, President and CEO of Hardware Hawaii. In total, there were about 200 individual transactions listed.
Djou incurred his greatest expense, $6,357 for printing services at Edward Enterprises, Inc. He also gave $4,125 in reimbursements to his wife, Stacey. In addition, the candidate spent $2,000 for consulting services from Engage LLC, a Washington-based political consulting firm.
Hanabusa received about 60 percent of her contributions this quarter from individuals and about 40 percent from organizations and political action committees. Hanabusa is backed mainly by labor unions, the defense industry, and the health care industry.
Unions: Hanabusa reported donations from 10 labor union PACs. The Engineers Political Education Committee, the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades, and the Committee on Letter Carriers Political Education all donated $5,000, the maximum contribution allowed per quarter. Over the course of the campaign, the Engineers Political Education Committee has donated $9,000 and the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades has contributed $10,000. In total, labor union PACs have donated $37,500 to Hanabusa’s campaign.
Defense: Hanabusa also received significant contributions from numerous companies in the defense industry. The BAE System USA PAC donated the maximum of $5,000 and the Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. PAC contributed $4,500. Each PAC has contributed a total of $10,000 to Hanabusa’s campaign this election.
Health care: Members of the health care industry have also thrown their support behind Hanabusa. PACs representing the American Health Care Association, American American Physical Therapy Association, American Optometric Association, and Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. have all given donations this past quarter.
Another organization that donated $10,000 to Hanabusa this election is the New Democrat Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based PAC that supports centrist candidates. Other noteworthy contributions include $2,000 from Sen. Daniel K. Inouye for U.S. Senate; $2,000 from Time Warner Cable Inc. Federal PAC; $1,000 from Marriott International Inc. PAC; and $4,000 from the American Bankers Association PAC.
Hanabusa spent more than half of the $187,000 she raised last quarter. About $57,000 went to payroll costs alone, and another $3,611 went to payroll taxes and insurance. Hanabusa also had to pay for rent and utilities for her campaign headquarters. In contrast, Djou’s FEC report suggests that he relies entirely on volunteers.
Hanabusa also spent more than eight times as much as Djou in consulting fees. Over $10,000 went to Fiorello Consulting, a political consulting firm based in Virginia. Another $7,500 went to Richard Rapoza, the congresswoman’s director of communications.
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