Wednesday, August 25, 2010

 

Hawaii's Lieutenant Governor Race


The Role of Money in Winning Elections

by Henry Curtis

There are six Democrats vying to become the next Lt. Gov. of Hawai`i

According to the Star-Advertiser/Hawaii News Now Poll (Aug 23, 2010)

Brian Schatz (27%)
Norman Sakamoto (21%)
Robert Bunda (11%)
Gary Hooser (10%)
Lyla Berg (7%)
John Riki Karamatsu (2%)

According to Follow the Money
Money Raised per candidate.(Percentage of money raised by Democratic Candidates)

Brian Schatz $423,000 (41%)
Norman Sakamoto $274,000 (27%)
Robert Bunda $124,000 (12%)
John Riki Karamatsu $92,000 (9%)
Lyla Berg $70,000 (7%)
Gary Hooser 49,000 (5%)

Notes

(1) The 12 largest donations to Brian Schatz exceed $100,000. 50K came from his father.

(2) The total money raised for Gary Hooser is not up to date

Comments:

This is a very simple yet very telling report. It points to the old problem of "the best democracy that money can buy." It begs for a follow up.
 


These guys are gonna waste this money at the TV stations. Interesting thing in American 'Democracy,' it's the TV stations that benefit.

As for young Mr. Schatz, he was raising money for his own campaign WHILE he was still the State Democratic Party Chairman. On top of that, Schatz left the Party in worse financial condition than before he took over the Chair. Another great "turnaround," of his own fortunes we mean.
 


Looks like Schatz has rich friends and is well connected. Think I'll go with less well connected.
 


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Gary Hooser has my vote. I'm hoping for an Abercrombie/Hooser ticket in November.
 


Agreed - Abercrombie/Hooser - A dream come true.
 


Brian Schatz was Democrat State Party Chair from May 2008 through Dec. 2009.

During the first half of 2009, Schatz raised for his personal campaign committee $91,250.00 https://nc.csc.hawaii.gov/Report/Public/20090731105622CC10522SA.html
During the second half of 2009, Schatz raised for his personal campaign committee $118,708.72 https://nc.csc.hawaii.gov/Report/Public/20100119123925CC10522SA.html
That is a total of $209,958.72 in 2009 Schatz raised for his personal campaign committee while the State Party Chairman and before formally declaring his Lt. Governor candidacy.
In the first half of 2010, Schatz raised an additional $160,181.26 for his personal campaign after resigning the State Party Chair.

The Democratic Party of Hawaii started 2008 with $26,973.47 cash on hand. Schatz took over in May 2008. By Sept 5, 2008, the Party had $68,211.20 cash on hand.

From the State Party Convention in May, 2008 - Sept. 5, 2008, the Party took in $65,402.00 in contributions. From Sept. 6, 2008 - Sept. 20, 2008, the Party took in $6,660.00 in contributions.
From September 21 - October 20, 2008, the Party took in $8,155.07 in contributions. From October 21 - November 4, 2008, the Party took in $10,544.00 in contributions.
From November 5 - December 31, 2008, the Party took in $14,596.36 in contributions. That is a total of $105,357.43 the Party took in during 2008 under Schatz's Chairmanship.

During the first half of 2009, the Party took in $48,579.00 in contributions. https://nc.csc.hawaii.gov/NCFSReport/Public/20090731232236NC20037SA.html
During the second half of 2009, the Party took in $38,283.00 in contributions. https://nc.csc.hawaii.gov/NCFSReport/RPT2010/20100804085223NC20037SA.html
That is a total of $86,862 the Party took in during all of 2009 under the rest of Schatz's Chairmanship.

Schatz oversaw a total of $192,219.43 raised for the Party during his Chairmanship. At the end of Schatz's Chairmanship, the Party had $15,082.34 cash on hand.
At the same time, Schatz raised a total of $209,958.72 in 2009 alone for his personal campaign committee (for an undeclared candidacy) during his Chairmanship of the State Party.

Mr. Schatz seems to be a young man in a hurry. It should be clear from these figures where his priorities lie.
 


Was also wondering, the donors to Brian in 2009, a lot of them are for $1000 or more and are generally not the type of donors who would just blindly give to an undeclared candidate. It begs the question, did they understand they were giving to the campaign committee of an individual, or were they under the mistaken impression that they were giving to the State Democratic Party? What did the promotional material look like that they were mailed asking for their contribution? Was that material clear that it was a contribution for an individual, or were there pictures and wording such that it could have been misunderstood to be a solicitation for the State Democratic Party?

Just wondering.
 

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