Political Radar


October 12th, 2013

Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson has raised $163,000 for his Democratic primary campaign for Congress, his campaign announced Saturday.

The quarterly campaign finance reports, which cover fundraising from July through September, are due on Tuesday. Anderson formally declared his candidacy in early August.

"We are grateful and appreciative of the support we’ve received in the first few weeks since announcing our candidacy,” Anderson said in a statement. “The dysfunction taking place in Washington, D.C., only affirms the importance of letting Hawaii’s people decide between the tired politics and politicians who have been in office too long, or a new approach, with someone who can be trusted to bring people together and get things done for Hawaii and our country.”

The other Democrats vying for urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District are state Sen. Will Espero, state Rep. K. Mark Takai, Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang, and activist Kathryn Xian. State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim has also shown interest in the primary.

10 Responses to “$163k”

  1. Gale:

    Isn't Ikaika Anderson chair of the Zoning Committee? Very interesting that he raised so much money, and yet, in grassroots circles, he is completely panned. So where is that money coming from?

  2. hossana:

    Same old...same old tired politicians playing and plying their political whims and trade...as the most recent poll shows how the public feels about Congress it was unanimous in that if it could happen, people would vote out every congressman in office and that should hold true in Hawaii with the same old tired politicos in the State Legislature and in the City Council and now these same tired politicos are running for Congress...just damm sickening to see the same tired names spewing same old platitudes e.g. "dysfunction in Washington and that it needs new politicians who can be trusted and get things done for Hawaii....geezus, same old tired politicians in the City Council running for Congress saying they are part of the new "blood" that's needed in Washington....give me a break.....geezus......when or if they get to Washington, they won't be able to do a damm thing unless they become part of the old order or kowtow to the same old politicians in order to get bills passed...

  3. Especially Incognito:

    He did not raise anything but was given a "bribe".
    No politician has ever raised money for the people.
    Even now government is paid while the people
    are laid off. America has become for the politicians
    who take "donations".

    Unions "donate" with union members dues. They have
    no money of their own.

  4. Kolea:


    It has been said the public gets the political leaders we deserve. So if we are going to get better politicians, maybe we have to do a better job of communicating what we want? With that in mind, I am reading your lament and trying to understand how I should act, if I were a politician seeking to adjust my behavior.

    And all I see is unproductive whining. You seek to take advantage of public frustration with Congress, but in a way which is actually counter-productive. Other than implying they should all slash their wrists and bleed out, you give no sense of how they might do their job better. If we are too lazy and ineffective in communicating what we want, how can we grumble when they are lazy and ineffective in carrying out our will?

    You complain about the "same old...same old tired politicians," yet YOU come across as a "same old...same old tired" citizen. How does the irony of your comment escape you? It sounds like you are hostile to democracy at least as much as you are to "politicians," as you refuse to improve your effectiveness as a citizen.

    I don't know much about Ikaika Anderson, but does it really make much sense using an article about him to grumble about "old tired politicos"? He has been in ANY elective office for how many years? If you don't like some of his votes or ideas, it might make more sense to offer up those criticisms rather than lament he has been in office too long.

    If there is ANY truth to the notion people get the government they deserve, you clearly do not deserve better politicians until you become a better constituent. Or, you can just kvetch.

  5. Horse:

    I don't think Anderson has been in office that long.. Think about 4 years. I'm open to hearing from these types who are new voices in politics.

  6. Gale:

    Horse, you are right about Anderson only being in office for about 4 (and 1/2) years. I was surprised. I guess because of his father, Whitney, and uncle, DG "Andy" Anderson, both GOP stalwarts, it seems like Ikaika Anderson has been around for much much longer. What slays me is that he is running as a Democrat.

  7. Horse:

    Hopefully he is moderate

  8. Gale:

    Horse, sorry, he is very conservative.

  9. Especially Incognito:

    Some should run. Let's see their
    action rather than talk.

  10. zzzzzz:

    Gale, isn't part of why he seems to have been around longer because he was involved with the council before he was elected, working for Barbara Marshall?

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