Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell outspent Charles Djou in the general election by a more than 3-to-1 ratio. Caldwell dropped $3,410,704 while Djou blew through $963,210
Caldwell held 45 fundraisers since his last election in 2012, compared to Djou’s 12 fundraisers in a span of five months in 2016.
The mayor’s 45 fundraisers “topped the list” of the number of fundraisers held by candidates that ran in 2016.
In the Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney’s race, incumbent Keith Kaneshiro spent $100,684 on his easy re-election while his opponent Anosh Yaqoob spent nothing.
Hawaii super political action committees raised $2,029,255 and spent $1,663,481.
The pro-Caldwell, anti-Djou Workers for a Better Hawaii raised the most out of all the 17 super PACs ($983,000) with $500,000 coming from the Regional Council of Carpenters, $208,000 from the Hawaii Government Employees Association and $150,000 from the Hawaii State AFL-CIO.
Save Our City spent $213,636.99 to oppose Caldwell but spent nothing to support Djou. Most of the money came from engineer Dennis Mitsunaga and individuals employed by Mitsunaga & Associates.
Among other items, the Campaign Spending Commissions allows folks to see not only the total amount of monies raised and spent by office and cost per vote, but also top 10 lists of receipts, contributions received and loans expenditures.