Green has $ 600,000 in campaign money over a year before election day
Lt. Gov. Josh Green has raised more than $ 400,000 this year in his bid to succeed his boss as Hawaii’s next governor, according to campaign fundraising reports filed Monday.
Governor David Ige, whose second term ends in 2022, is not eligible for re-election due to term limits. The race to replace him is already shaping up.
Green’s campaign fundraising reports show he raised $ 424,000 between January 1 and June 30. This brought his total campaign coffers to over $ 600,000 when combined with previous donations.
Former Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell, who intends to run as well, has raised just $ 9,000 in the same period. Caldwell’s campaign fundraising report filed Monday night shows he has just over $ 509,000 in the bank, putting him in a worse financial position than Green.
Former first lady Vicky Cayetano has also said she is considering running for governor, but has yet to form a committee of candidates who can receive political donations.
The full scope of Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates will not be known until next June, the deadline for candidates to file documents to stand for election. Primary elections will take place in August 2022 and general elections will take place in November 2022.
During the reporting period, 16 people donated the maximum of $ 6,000 allowed to Green’s campaign.
They included Paul and Susan King of Security Systems; George Ruff, founder of Trinity Hotel Investors; Christopher Seeger, a lawyer from New York; Donna Schmidt of Windward Urgent Care and Ernel Roque of the Hawaii Academy of Family Physicians.
Much of Green’s donation in the past has come from doctors and the local medical community. However, he has since diversified his campaign’s sources of income, collecting donations from leading lawyers and hoteliers.
Four partners from major Honolulu law firms maximized their contributions to Green, including Richard Fried of Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina and Fairbanks); Mark Davis of Davis Levin Livingston; Bill McCorriston of McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon; and David Banks of Cades Schutte.
Two lawyers with Imanaka Asato also donated $ 1,000 each. Company president Mitchell Imanaka is Caldwell’s fundraising manager.
Diversify sources of income
David Molton donated $ 2,000 to Green’s campaign. Molton’s mainland-based law firm Brown Rudnick has been involved in several high-profile cases.
The firm represented the Boy Scouts in a class action lawsuit concerning allegations of abuse within the Boy Scouts of America. He has also represented actor Johnny Depp in his ongoing legal battle with actress Amber Heard.
Hoteliers also support Green. One in particular is Jeff Stone, founder of The Resort Group, which has developed several Koolina properties. Three Resort Group employees each donated $ 1,000.
Lorrie Stone, wife of Jeff Stone, donated $ 3,000 to Green’s campaign. Lorrie Stone also worked on the Ige transition team in 2015.
Kisan Jo, president of Prince Resorts Hawaii, donated $ 3,000 to Green; and Gerard Gibson, vice president of Turle Bay Resort, donated $ 1,000.
Green still has the support of the local medical community.
Executives of two of the largest health insurance companies – Mark Mugiishi, CEO of the Hawaii Medical Services Association, and John Henry Felix, president of the Hawaii Medical Assurance Association – donated up to $ 6,000 to Green during the period under review.
Four other HMSA employees also donated $ 1,000 each.
Caldwell is lagging behind
Caldwell’s main donor in the first six months of the year was Hawaiian Building Maintenance, a cleaning service that donated $ 3,000 to the former mayor.
Jeffrey Kalani, CEO of YK Holdings Inc., and Brian Sekiguchi, Project Manager at Ronald NS Ho & Associates, each donated $ 2,000 to Caldwell.
Caldwell’s fundraising manager Imanaka has donated $ 250 during the reporting period and has so far donated $ 4,900 to the campaign.
Caldwell hosted a fundraiser on July 27 via Zoom. He asked for donations between $ 250 and $ 2,000.
However, the results of this fundraiser are not reflected in the reports filed on Monday. Campaign contributions accrued between July 1 and December 31 do not need to be reported until the end of January 2022.
A race to governor’s seat can be costly. In 2018, Ige spent $ 2.4 million for her challenger, Colleen Hanabusa, compared to $ 2 million for Hanabusa.