Brian Schatz has $3 million in cash on hand for his 2016 re-election campaign — a formidable amount, politically speaking.

The U.S. senator, a Democrat, raised over a half a million dollars in the first quarter of the year, according to the Federal Election Commission. He reported just over $100,000 in campaign expenses.

Schatz, who is running for a six-year term, has officially filed to run. His contributors include the Alexander & Baldwin Fedpac ($5,000) and many A&B executives, such as Chris Benjamin ($2,500).

Sen. Brian Schatz and supporters wave to motorists near Keonepoko Elementary School on special election day August 15, 2014
Sen. Brian Schatz and supporters wave to motorists near Keonepoko Elementary School in 2014. PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Nine other potential Senate candidates have pulled papers, but none have yet filed and none are well-known to most voters. Most are also-rans for offices in previous years.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, also a Democrat, has $1.6 million in cash and reported receipts of $143,359 in Q1. Contributors include Unite Here Tip Campaign Committee ($5,000) and her parents, Mike and Carol Gabbard ($2,700 each).

Gabbard has pulled papers but not yet filed to run. One Republican has pulled papers in that race, too.

Democratic colleague Mark Takai has $662,309 in cash and $256,986 in receipts. Contributors include Hawaii Business Round Table executive director Gary Kai (who is also Takai’s father in law) and the American Crysal Sugar Company PAC of Moorhead, Minn. ($5,000).

A Republican, a Libertarian and several Democrats have pulled papers to challenge Takai, but only one — Democrat Javier Ocaso — has filed officially, as has the incumbent.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat, does not face re-election until 2018. She has raised very little money and has $496,015 in cash on hand. Contributors include General Dynamic Corp. PAC ($5,000).

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