By Derrick DePledge
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa sent out a fundraising appeal to her supporters on Thursday, warning that she may have to scale back investments in field operations in her Democratic primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz if her campaign does not meet its quarterly fundraising target.
Hanabusa, who announced her Senate campaign in early May, did not have a particularly stellar first round of fundraising. Her advisers said in July that the campaign really only had about half a quarter to raise money after Hanabusa's announcement.
So this quarter's number, which will be released in October, will be a true test of the Hanabusa campaign's fundraising ability.
From the congresswoman:
There are two possible outcomes following our September 30 fundraising deadline:
In one scenario, we do not meet our fundraising goal and are forced to scale back the crucial investments in our field operation that we need to win.
In the other scenario, hundreds of people step up to contribute to our campaign and support our vision for Hawaii. That impressive display of grassroots support moves us closer to victory by providing the resources needed to communicate with voters and share my vision for Hawaii.
Our September 30 fundraising deadline is critical and we have $20,000 left to raise. Please contribute $5 today to help us reach our goal.
These deadlines are a big deal and have a real effect on our budget and plans. We have a chance, right now, to shape the course of this campaign.
Our opponent had a five month head start, which means we have had to work twice as hard to build the foundation of our campaign.
But as I've traveled around Hawaii, I have been humbled by the many amazing supporters who are committed to this campaign.
Please, join us with your contribution today. I know that together, we can can build a better future for Hawaii.
Mahalo for your support,