Political Radar

Q2 - Hanabusa

July 11th, 2013

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa raised $500,000 in the past quarter for her Democratic primary challenge against U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, her campaign said today.

Her campaign said the donations reflect six weeks of fundraising since she announced she was would run against Schatz in May. Seventy-five percent of the donations came from Hawaii, her campaign said.

Hanabusa also had $248,600 in her House account at the end of the first quarter that she can use for her Senate campaign.

Schatz raised $911,000 during the last quarter, according to his campaign, and more than $2 million overall.

"This is a good number for us," Cameron Nekota, Hanabusa's campaign chairman, said in a statement. "Colleen announced her candidacy almost halfway through the quarter and we want to say ‘Mahalo’ to our donors who mobilized so quickly. We are thankful and humbled by the tremendous support we received in a very short period of time."

The election next year is for the remainder of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye's term, which runs through 2016.

12 Responses to “Q2 - Hanabusa”

  1. Goober:

    lingle and palin are not out of the picture yet.
    Two undeveloped negatives.

  2. Kolea:

    Congresswoman Hanabusa appears determined to run for the Senate seat. These fundraising numbers are not impressive, but she may be able to turn it around by the end of next filing deadline. If not, she should lower her sights and run for re-election to the House. I think some potential congressional candidates are holding back from announcing out of fear she will change her mind.

  3. ohiaforest3400:

    Am I missing something, Kolea? $500k in six weeks compared to $2 mil in six months is a virtually identical pace. I think it's pretty impressive for Hanabusa to be in a dead heat fundraising and poll-wise when Schatz had a head start and all the institutional endorsements that come with incumbency.

    As you suggest, the next filing deadline will tell us more. Still, it may not be until the Q4 report, when the race is beginning to draw some attention from voters, that we get a real sense of where it's going. That will leave Hanabusa plenty time -- as the incumbent -- to get back into the CD1 race against whoever has decided to run for the Democrat nomination (or any stiff from the GOP).

    Still, she thought about this long and hard and, rightly or wrongly, I don't see her giving up trying to fulfill DKI's last wish (not because it was his wish, but because he believed in her).

  4. Sayer:

    I agree with Ohiaforest. I think her numbers are quite impressive and show she is receiving some very solid report. Of course generally this solid upfront support will have a tendency to swell and more and more people who were thinking about contributing will do see as they see others are already supporting her.

  5. Kolea:

    Ohia, I did not say her numbers were bad. I said they were "not impressive." Not bad, but not impressive. Hanabusa put a lot of effort into pumping up her numbers, as she knew this would be taken as "proof of life." Had her numbers been higher, she would have demonstrated the Old Boy Network still has a lot of punch left in them. With less impressive numbers, that is less clear. (Note: "less clear" does NOT mean they clearly do NOT have "a lot of punch left in them."

    Which is why I said we will need to see if she (and Brian) can sustain the fundraising. I do not discount Colleen's ability to win this race. If I had to place a bet, I would put it at even odds. The Old Order is weakening, but it ain't "rapidly dying." And the New Order has not been built yet. I kinda like the freedom of there not being too much "order" within the Democratic networks. I find freedom more conducive to creativity and problem-solving if we don't have the weight of a tightly controlled hierarchy pressing down on us.

    I think she (and her people) have to avoid over-relying on the "Inouye's last wish" card. The message has been sent to those receptive to it. It risks alienating those of us who believe the voters should have the last say, not our late Senator. And part of the Senator's concerns were about jobs for his loyalists. The Hanabusa operation is a bit top-heavy with family members of top Inouye cronies. Maybe we should give a new bunch of people a chance rather than keep it in the family of a tiny clique? I know the Senator wanted to provide for his peeps. But he fulfilled his obligations while he was alive. Time to let go.

  6. ohiaforest3400:

    "The Hanabusa operation is a bit top-heavy with family members of top Inouye cronies."

    Don't know where you get that, Kolea. If you are referring to the Congressional side -- as opposed to the campaign side -- it is unequivocally not true, especially in the Honolulu office. And if you took the name off the person in the Congressional positions, each is at least as qualified by their experience as by any tie to the old regime. I imagine the Schatz camp would say the same about their seemingly homogenous core.

    I, too, expect this to be close and, unfortunately it's going to get nasty, mostly, I assume, because of the actions of surrogates without the explicit endorsement of the principals. OK, maybe tacit endorsement. But the fact that Hanabusa accelerated from zero to a pace even with Schatz in just 6 weeks is not only not "bad," it is "impressive."

    However, if it doesn't keep heading north and at least match Schatz' pace, that may well be not only "bad" but "unimpressive."

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  8. Goober:

    Again the more money one makes just
    makes that person a higher paid marionette.

    Have to be careful with words. Not good is
    not the same as could be better.

  9. Goober:

    hannabusa ain't no Q2.
    What's her alibi?

    Never heard if she moved to be in her district?

  10. ohiaforest3400:

    Goob, where you been, under one rock?

    It's been more than two years since Hanabusa moved into the district (which she promised to do if elected) and registered to vote there. Here's one of many reports of same: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/14884786/us-rephanabusa-moving-to-first-congressional-district

  11. Goober:

    I am on one rock.
    Where else would I be?

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