Fresh poll numbers for Hawaii’s top political races (sans the federal offices) are expected any day now, but by another metric there is already a clear frontrunner: David Ige, the Democratic Party nominee for governor, has held 15 campaign fundraisers since the Aug. 9 primary.

They have ranged from the high rollers — e.g., up to $2,500 a head at the Waialae Country Club — to more modest events — $40 apiece at the Koolau Ballrooms. Several have been with Ige’s running mate, Shan Tsutsui — like this one for $1,000 per person at Duc’s Bistro.

Dollars on a plate

Flickr: Tax Credits

Republican Duke Aiona has held just five campaign fundraisers since the primary, several with running mate Elwin Ahu, such as this one that started at $1,000 per donor at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

Mufi Hannemann, running as the Hawaii Independent Party candidate, has held just one fundraiser since the primary: $35 per ticket or three for $100 at the Ala Moana Hotel.

The next round of fundraising reports must be filed with the state Campaign Spending Commission no later than 11:59 p.m. Hawaiian Standard Time next Monday. Those reports will cover the period that runs from Aug. 10 through this past Monday.

Campaign money isn’t everything, of course. Gov. Neil Abercrombie held no less than 25 fundraisers this year but still lost to Ige in the primary.




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