All told, individual donors in the Aloha State contributed a total of $2.2 million to 20 presidential candidates in 2015 and 2016.
Democrats received the lion’s share of donations ($1,583,414) and Clinton, the former secretary of state, received about two-thirds of that amount ($954,323).
Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Bernie Sanders, the independent U.S. senator from Vermont who ran as a Democrat and lost to Clinton in the primaries, received $604,805 — more money than went to over a dozen GOP candidates.
Republicans got a total of $590,090. Trump, the New York businessman, got the most ($223,254). Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was second with $131,083.
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If Clinton and Trump donors from Hawaii share a trait, it is that many of them are retired, according to the FEC.
Some contributors are familiar names from a cross-section of professions. They aren’t necessarily the largest or smallest contributors, just people you might know:
Clinton donors include Alexander & Baldwin executives Chris Benjamin ($1,250), Paul Ito ($1,000) and Meredith Ching ($500); Honolulu City Councilwoman Carol Fukunaga ($241), legislators Roz Baker ($2,543), Bertrand Kobayashi ($250), Lorraine Inouye ($1,317), Chris Lee ($250) and Josh Green ($250); lobbyists Blake Oshiro ($1,000) and Bruce Coppa ($1,000); Ige administration staffer Cindy McMillan ($250); Hawaii energy administrator Mark Glick ($1,250); Hawaiian Electric executive Connie Lau ($2,700); and blogger and journalist Ian Lind ($250). Lind is a Civil Beat columnist.
Also donating to Clinton from Hawaii were banker Eric Yeaman ($1,500), retired judges Steve Levinson ($1,500) and Marie Milks ($145), consultant Jennifer Sabas ($1,000), labor leader Mel Kahele ($120), U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni ($2,230), City and County of Honolulu auditor Edwin Young ($400), businessman Jeff Stone ($2,700), Bert Kobayashi ($2,700) and Bert Kobayashi Jr. ($1,000); and attorneys Sherry Broder ($1,000), Mitchell Imanaka ($1,000), David Louie ($1,750), Michael Livingston ($2,700), Wayne Parsons ($3,200) and Judith Pavey ($2,500).
Trump donors include rail opponent Cliff Slater ($800), lawmaker Bob McDermott ($40), Clark Roofing executive Cindy Sue Clark ($2,700), tax planner Janell Israel ($400), Paradise Cruise executive Ron Howard ($1,600), Honolulu Police Maj. Lester Hite ($100), Monsanto executive Alvin Pelayo ($200) and attorneys Adrienne King ($3,336), Ian Sandison ($200) and Gregory Frey ($147).
This article does not include individual donations to political action committees, political parties and congressional candidates.
Nearly fourth-fifths went to Democrats, the second-highest percentage in the country.
In the Open Secrets table below, the “rank” column compares Hawaii to all 50 states:
Federal financial donations from Hawaii 2015-2016. Source: Open Secrets. ** This figure includes PAC contributions to candidates, individual contributions ($200+) to candidates and parties, and Levin fund contributions to parties. To avoid double-counting, it does not include individual (hard money) contributions to PACs, but does include individual (soft money) contributions to outside spending groups, including super PACs. * This figure includes individual contributions to candidates, PACs, outside spending groups (including super PACs) and party committees. † Percents to Democrats and Republicans calculated out of Total to Parties and Candidates only.
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