By Derrick DePledge
Christopher Raymond, deputy chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa who is caught up in a campaign-finance flap, sent an email to House staffers in May inviting lawmakers to support Hanabusa's Democratic primary campaign against U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.
Raymond wanted other lawmakers to attend or lend their name to a June event at Hanabusa's home and to donate $1,000 to her Senate campaign.
Peter Boylan, a Hanabusa campaign spokesman, had said Saturday that Raymond had no role in the Hanabusa campaign.
Boylan clarified on Sunday that Raymond had been trying to help the campaign on his personal time but had no official role.
"He no longer has a role with the campaign," Boylan said.
Here is the Raymond email from May:
Thank you for sending me your email address. I have two questions for you. First -- my boss is having a members only event at her house on June 26th to support her Senate campaign and I wanted to extend the invitation to your boss. Right now we are looking for members to lend their name to the invitation even if they do not plan on attending. Do you think your boss would be willing to lend their name?
Second -- we are asking if members might be willing to donate at least $1k to her Senate race. I attached a sample from our most recent poll. We have a 22% lead in the primary but as my boss was deciding on what seat to run for (Governor or Senate) we were out raised by 4 to 1 ($250k to $1.1mill). Any help would be a big help. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.