As of Dec. 31, Kirk Caldwell was sitting on $1.6 million for his re-election in 2016.

The figure comes from the Honolulu mayor’s filing this week, which covers the past six months of 2015.

Major donors include Monsanto Company, Hawaii Laborers PAC and a lot of people who work for the mayor, like George Atta, the director of the Department of Planning & Permitting.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell after his 2012 election.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell after his 2012 election. John Hook/Civil Beat

Ernie Martin, the City Council chair who may or may not challenge Caldwell, has less than one-third of Caldwell’s cash, or about $492,000.

Another rumored challenger, former Mayor Peter Carlisle, has not filed a new report with the Campaign Spending Commission since 2013.

Former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona, meanwhile, has also not officially declared he’s running for mayor, they he has expressed interest.

His most recent filing with the CSC shows that he has less than $19,000 in cash.




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