WASHINGTON — Hawaii Congressman Ed Case raised more money for his campaign in the last three months than he has in any previous quarter since he was reelected in 2018.

Case’s latest filings with the Federal Election Commission showed he raised more than $367,000 between July 1 and Sept. 30.

That’s more than two times his next largest quarterly haul of $177,333, which was raised ahead of the 2018 Democratic primary in which he faced a field of seven other candidates, including former Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin and former state Senate President Donna Mercado Kim.

Ed Case and wife Audrey Nakamura at headquarters Saturday night, August 11, 2018. (Civilbeat photo by Ronen Zilberman)
U.S. Rep. Ed Case so far has raised more money in 2021 than he has in any previous year since running for Congress again in 2018. Ronen Zilberman

 Case continued to rake in tens of thousands of dollars from political action committees associated with defense contractors and other business interests, as well as more than $313,000 from individual donors, according to the FEC data.

Much of the money came from out-of-state contributors, including some who donated through the No Labels Problem Solvers PAC, which has been supporting Democratic centrists who have pushed back against President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan.

Case responded that he had received “a solid increase in contributions from folks in Hawai’i and across the country who like me just want our government to work again and want to support my efforts.”

“I don’t take any vote for granted and am going to campaign just as hard as always to earn reelection,” he added. “But for me the best way to earn re-election remains to do the best job I can in the job I have.”

Case is one of a handful of moderates in the House who has caused fits for Biden and his administration, arguing that the proposed budget package, which includes money to fight child poverty, address climate change and increase the availability of affordable housing, is too expensive.

The congressman has said he would prefer Congress move forward with a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan that has already cleared the Senate with GOP support.

Case’s position on the $3.5 trillion spending plan — which would be spread out over 10 years and would be paid for at least in part by increasing taxes on corporations and the rich — has drawn both praise and criticism from outside the Aloha State.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and No Labels, a centrist political organization, have publicly lauded Case for standing up to his own party.

Our Hawaii Action, a new group founded by former state Rep. Kaniela Ing and Evan Weber, a principal organizer of the environmental Sunrise Movement, has also launched a six-figure ad campaign attacking Case for obstructing Biden’s plan, which they argue will create thousands of jobs in the islands.

The congressman’s recent actions have even prompted a political challenger to emerge ahead of next year’s election. Sergio Alcubilla, an attorney who used to work for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, has announced he will run against Case in the Democratic primary.

Alcubillia has not yet reported raising any money with the Federal Election Commission.

Case’s campaign reported having more than $518,000 in cash on hand.

Friday was the deadline for candidates to file their quarterly fundraising reports with the FEC.

The only other members of Hawaii’s delegation on the ballot in 2022 are U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and freshman Congressman Kai Kahele, neither of whom have an announced primary or general election challenger.

Schatz’s campaign reported raising nearly $235,000 in the third quarter of 2021, leaving him with more than $3.7 million in the bank.

Kahele, meanwhile, reported around $72,000 in contributions and almost $364,000 in cash on hand.

Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, who is not up for reelection until 2024, raised $86,000 and has more than $700,000 left over in her campaign coffers.

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