Election

Hanabusa Outpaces Ige’s Fundraising Efforts

July 16, 2018, 9:11 AM HST
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Colleen Hanabusa & David Ige. Courtesy photos.

Supporters of the Hanabusa for Governor campaign contributed $1,043,061 in the first six months of 2018, outpacing previous efforts and demonstrating growing support for gubernatorial candidate Colleen Hanabusa.

The figure represents the contributions of 1,111 donors from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2018, (more than double the number reported from the previous filing period); 95% of the contributions were from individuals.

The campaign committee has raised a total of $1,775,006 from more than 1,400 donors since it was formed.

“It’s very encouraging to see our fundraising accelerate and our donor base more than triple,” Rep. Hanabusa said. “Most importantly, our message of strong leadership is resonating with individuals on every island.

“While talking one-on-one with residents on Kaua‘i, Maui, Lana‘i and Hawai‘i Island over the past week, I was touched to receive an overwhelmingly warm response, with many of our events reaching capacity,” Rep. Hanabusa said. “Our July 6 ‘talk story’ event in Hilo drew over 700 Hawai‘i Island residents, more than twice the number we anticipated.”

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“It’s validating to be met with such enthusiastic support and to know our messages of strong leadership, clear vision, accountability and commitment to action are resonating throughout every county,” said the candidate.

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“The recent attempt by the incumbent to adopt leadership themes confirms it was indeed leadership that was clearly lacking over the past three and a half years,” Rep. Hanabusa said. “Despite David Ige’s attempts to claim credit for the accomplishments of others, the people of Hawai‘i recognize leadership cannot be claimed but must be earned by gaining the public’s trust and demonstrating the ability to listen and take decisive action, not only during campaigns but year over year from day one.”

Endorsements for Hanabusa to be the next governor have likewise grown, with more than two dozen formal since the campaign launched on Jan. 8.

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