Super

July 30th, 2014
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State super PACs had to file campaign-finance reports on Wednesday covering the first half of the year, offering a look at how independent spending might influence the primary elections.

Here are brief summaries:

Forward Progress, a new political action committee led by John White, the executive director of Pacific Resource Partnership
Raised during latest period: $57,876
Total for the cycle: $57,876
Spent: $232,306
Major donors: Hawaii Carpenters Market Recovery Program
Targets: The carpenters and contractors group is helping Kaala Buenconsejo, a marketing director running for Maui County Council; Brandon Elefante, a council aide running for Honolulu City Council; Ron Gonzales, a restaurant manager running for Hawaii County Council; Tiffany Edwards Hunt, a journalist running for Hawaii County Council; and Maile David, a deputy county clerk running for Hawaii County Council.

AiKea, the political action committee for Unite Here! Local 5, the hotel workers union
Raised during latest period: $371,000
Total for the cycle: $396,126
Spent: $183,059
Major donors: Unite Here!
Targets: The labor group is helping Joli Tokusato, a hotel lifeguard active with the union, against Honolulu City Councilwoman Carol Fukunaga.

Maui Timeshare Ohana Political Action Committee
Raised during latest period: $250,050
Total for the cycle: $250,050
Spent: $92,491
Major donors: The vacation owners associations of Ocean Resort Villas, part of The Westin hotel chain
Targets: The newly created group is helping Kaala Buenconsejo, a marketing director running for Maui County Council. The group's chairman is listed as Grant David Gillham, a political consultant in Washington, D.C., and Reno, Nev. The group is using Tulchin Research, the California-based polling firm, and the Hamburger Company, the Washington, D.C.-based media consulting firm, that worked with PRP during the Honolulu mayor's race in 2012.

National Association of Realtors Fund, a Chicago-based political action committee for Realtors
Raised during latest period: $68,969
Total for the cycle: $1.9 million
Spent: $68,969
Major donors: National Association of Realtors
Targets: The group is doing outreach on behalf of state Sen. Malama Solomon in Hawaii County; state Sen. Rosalyn Baker on Maui; state Rep. James Tokioka on Kauai; and state Rep. Henry Aquino on Oahu. All four Democrats are in contested primaries.

Jobs and Opportunity for Hawaii, a political action committee of the Democratic Governors Association
Raised during latest period: $53,000
Total for the cycle: $53,000
Spent: $48,300
Major donors: Democratic Governors Association
Targets: Most of the spending so far is for polling and research.

Hawaii Family Advocates, an advocacy group for religious conservatives
Raised during latest period: $20,335
Total for the cycle: $53,628
Spent: $37,541
Major donors: Austin Imamura, a banker; Guo Z. Chen, self-employed
Targets: Most of the spending so far is for outreach during the special session on marriage equality last year and for lobbying.

Workers for a Better Hawaii, the political action committee of the Hawaii Government Employees Association
Raised during latest period: $20,000
Total for the cycle: $34,213
Spent: $25,884
Major donors: Hawaii Government Employees Association
Targets: The public-sector union is helping Honolulu City Councilwoman Carol Fukunaga; Aaron Chung, an attorney and former county councilman, who is running for Hawaii County Council; state Rep. Richard Creagan in Hawaii County; state Rep. Nicole Lowen in Hawaii County; and state Rep. Dee Morikawa on Kauai.

Hawaii Center for Food Safety Action Fund, the anti-GMO advocacy group
Raised during latest period: $39,801
Total for the cycle: $40,051
Spent: $22,715
Major donors: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap; Lavinia Currier, a wealthy philanthropist active with environmental causes
Targets: Most of the spending so far is for consulting.

HIRA Action, the political action committee for the conservative Hawaii Republican Assembly
Raised during latest period: $16,087
Total for the cycle: $25,553
Spent: $15,927
Major donors: Mary Smart, a Realtor; Alexander Gaston, an investor
Targets: Most of the spending so far is for radio ads and events.

3 Responses to “Super”

  1. kamaaina808:

    Anyone receiving $ from John White's "Forward Progress" (former PRP) should be viewed with much suspicion. I've been following a blogger who points out that FP's support and subsequent campaign literature are rife with disinformation. Surprise? Not.


  2. Kolea:

    It is my understanding the Democratic Governor's Association was going to spend a lot of money here on behalf of Abercrombie, but the Democratic Party leadership advised them the problems Abercrombie is facing would not be solved by an infusion of money, of which he has plenty.

    Instead, they were asked to save the money for AFTER the primary, when it would be more helpful. Particularly if the cash-strapped Ige were to win the nomination. It is good to see the DGA followed that advice.


  3. Suzette Petillo:

    Please help Hawaii center for Food Action Fund. Every American should be outraged that GMOs were allowed to be produced in in-contained, non-laboratory landscape. This crap spreads 150ml in all directions w wind and birds, potential for mutated contamination to all nature. In Hungary, they burned the fields, then banned it. Labeling is wasting time & GMOs are wrecking life w sickness and disease. The stock mkt & chemical co and doctors profit. Real food doesn't hurt, I want it for my family! End Mad Science


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