WASHINGTON — Colleen Hanabusa outraised Charles Djou in the three-month period ending Sept. 30 on the strength of contributions from political action committees on the mainland, a Civil Beat analysis of campaign spending filings shows.
Both candidates filed their quarterly campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission late Monday. Hanabusa outraised Djou by about $40,000, but also outspent him in the quarter and had less cash on hand heading into the final weeks of the race to represent urban Honolulu in Congress for the next two years.
The new filings actually cover the period from July 23 through Sept. 30 because the first three weeks of July were included in the final pre-primary-election report. Hawaii’s primary was held Aug. 11, with Republican Djou and Democrat Hanabusa easily winning their respective parties’ nominations.
The Nov. 6 matchup will be the third between these two. Djou held the 1st Congressional District seat for about eight months in 2010 after a three-way special election; Hanabusa beat Djou in November 2010 to take the seat.
Hanabusa spent $317,000 in the quarter, leaving her with $396,000 cash on hand heading into October. Djou spent $258,000 and had $432,000 in the bank at the start of this month.
The two candidates’ itemized contributions from individuals were nearly identical. Djou’s 223 itemized contributions from individuals totaled $100,000, an average of about $450 apiece. Hanabusa’s 227 itemized contributions from individuals totaled $111,000 for an average of $490 apiece. Of Hanabusa’s receipts from individuals, 86 percent were from within Hawaii. For Djou, the figure was 87 percent.
Djou also received about $48,000 in small, unitemized contributions1 totaling under $200 from individuals, according to his filings. Hanabusa accepted about $16,000 in unitemized contributions.
But while Djou got about 83 percent of his total money from individuals, and about two-thirds of the itemized money from inside Hawaii, Hanabusa drew much of her strength from mainland political action committees.
Less than 60 percent of Hanabusa’s third-quarter funds came from individuals, and just half of her itemized money came from donors with a Hawaii address. She received 50 contributions of at least $1,000 from PACs, all but three of which came from organizations outside of Hawaii.
The biggest contributors were the International Association of Fire Fighters PAC, American Resort Development Association Resort Owners Coalition PAC, National Air Traffic Controllers Association PAC and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers COPE, each of which gave $5,000 in the quarter.
Other familiar names on Hanabusa’s donor list include agricultural biotech giant Monsanto, Time Warner Cable, Boeing and defense contractors Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.
Djou’s major organizational donors included the National Automobile Dealers Association, which gave $10,000 — half the day before the primary, half on the final day covered by the filing. The Majority Committee PAC, affiliated with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, gave $5,000 on the day of the primary. The Freedom Project PAC, affiliated with Speaker of the House John Boehner, gave $5,000 on Sept. 30, and Boehner kicked in $2,000 from his personal campaign committee to Djou’s cause on the same day.
Hawaii’s Other Race for Congress
Over in the 2nd Congressional District, Democrat Tulsi Gabbard raised more than Djou and Hanabusa combined in the third quarter. That impressive haul — $511,000 — comes despite the fact that her general election opponent, Republican Kawika Crowley, has yet to file any reports with the FEC this year and is generally thought to be a long shot.
About 74 percent of Gabbard’s money came from individuals, but only 41 percent came from within Hawaii.
Many mainland PACs only contributed to her campaign after she dispatched Mufi Hannemann in the primary, became the presumptive congresswoman and didn’t need their help except to retire personal debt and start running for re-election in 2014. She spent about $885,000 in the period, leaving her with $265,000 cash on hand at the end of September.
Gabbard received less than $19,000 from PACs between July 1 and Aug. 10, the day before the election. From Aug. 11 through Sept. 30, she got $113,000 from PACs.
Among the most generous were some potential future colleagues. AMERIPAC, affiliated with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer; Synergy PAC, affiliated with Connecticut Democrat John Larson; and BRIDGE PAC, affiliated with Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, each gave Gabbard $5,000 worth of congratulations on her primary victory.