The figure includes $384,000 that he had in cash at the end of the previous election cycle.
The governor’s report that covers July 1-25 shows he spent almost $1 million last month, with big chunks of money going to media ad buys and to SMS Research and Marketing Services for surveys, polls and voter lists.
Among the contributors maxing out at the $6,000 limit during the last filing period were David Carey, the CEO and president of Outrigger Enterprise Group, and Bill Kaneko, an attorney with Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing who is Abercrombie’s campaign manager.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Sen. David Ige share a light moment during a candidate forum in Kona.
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Entertainer Willie Nelson and his wife, who have a home on Maui, each donated $5,000.
The governor has spent nearly all of his money and reports having roughly $350,000 in cash on hand. He held two more fundraisers this week; those contributions will be reported in the next filing period.
State Sen. David Ige, who is challenging Abercrombie in the Aug. 9 Democratic primary, has now raised more than $500,000. The figure includes $67,000 in cash he had at the beginning of the reporting period.
Ige has spent nearly $450,000 and has roughly $70,000 left in cash. He has spent far less in TV advertising than Abercrombie.
Big expenditures include a lot of interisland flights on Hawaiian Airlines. He also continues to retain the services of Pam Chambers Consulting for coaching lessons.
Recent contributors to Ige include fellow lawmakers Scott Saiki, Sylvia Luke and Gregg Takayama. Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, has also given money to the campaign. One donor who has now maxed out at $6,000 is Robert Winter of Snorkel Bob’s.
Ige held a fundraiser of his own last week; contributions will be reported in his next filing.
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