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Hannemann leads political fundraising


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POSTED: Saturday, August 01, 2009

The major politicians expressing interest in running next year for governor have raised more than $2 million so far.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann, a Democrat, led the pack with $1.17 million as of June 30, while fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie could have $1.15 million, if he is allowed to transfer $900,000 from his federal campaign accounts.

Meanwhile, Republican Lt. Gov. James “;Duke”; Aiona reported having $871,000.

Yesterday was the deadline for candidates to file reports with the Campaign Spending Commission for the first half of this year.

While Aiona and Abercrombie have announced their plans to run for governor, Hannemann has not yet. But he has formed a committee to explore the option.

The deadline to file for governor is next July.

Hannemann raised about $580,000 of his total in June, apparently at a fundraiser on June 29.

The rest was already in his campaign chest before this year.

Abercrombie raised $486,000 over the same period and spent about $97,000, with a debt of $141,000.

The Campaign Spending Commission will discuss Abercrombie's request to transfer the $900,000 on Aug. 11, Abercrombie campaign officials said.

Aiona raised $309,000 during the first half of this year.

In an e-mail, Bill Kaneko, Abercrombie's campaign manager, said Abercrombie's fundraising shows a more diverse group of supporters than Hannemann's.

Hannemann's exploratory committee disputed that.

“;There are many miles to go,”; said Elisa Yadao, spokeswoman for Hannemann's exploratory committee. “;We are confident that the support for a Hannemann candidacy is going large and wide and will encompass a diversity of people.”;

Announced gubernatorial candidate John Carroll, a Republican, raised less than $10,000.

The race for lieutenant governor showed smaller candidate totals.

Democratic Party Chairman Brian Schatz garnered the most this period out of announced candidates, with $141,700, and had $104,000 left.

Democratic state Sen. Gary Hooser garnered about $50,000 but spent about $40,500, several thousand going to advertising and $9,000 on a poll.

State Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu, a Democrat, raised and still had about $30,000.

City Councilmen Donovan Dela Cruz and Rod Tam, both Democrats, and Republican Charles Djou said they did not raise any money or little money for the race so far this year. Dela Cruz had $38,000, Tam had $25,000 and Djou had $133,000.

If Hannemann runs for governor, that would open up the mayor's office for election. Honolulu Prosecutor Peter Carlisle, who announced his plans last month for a run for mayor, had a surplus of about $12,000.

Honolulu Managing Director Kirk Caldwell has not announced whether he plans to run for mayor and did not file any mayoral campaign report, but has a surplus of $57,000 in his City Council report.