Candidates file disclosure reports

HONOLULU — Candidates are expected to file several campaign reports throughout the election cycle.

Here are the results from the latest filing of financial disclosure reports:

State Senate

The two Hawaii State District 8 candidates have substantially distinct spending budgets, as shown by disclosure reports filed 10 days before the primary election.

Friends of Kanoe Ahuna have raised a total of $6,024, according to the report filed Aug. 8 with the campaign spending commission. About 52 percent of the donations raised were of contributions of more than $100, including those from immediate family members.

At the beginning of this preliminary reporting period, her campaign had $3,254.63 cash and with the added contributions, a total of $9,278.63 to spend. However, the campaign spent a total of $10,032.41 during the month and ended in a deficit of $753.78.

Ahuna’s campaign has spent a total of $4,987.67 in advertising during this election. That’s 40 percent of the total expenditures in her campaign. Nine percent has been spent on surveys, polls and voter lists, while 1 percent was for contributions to community organizations.

Meanwhile, Sen. Ron Kouchi’s campaign, Kouchi for Senate, began the reporting period with $150,961.73. He received a total of $29,200 in donations, with about 94 percent of contributions being of $100 or more.

The state senator spent a total of $37,715.11 during the reporting period, according to figures from the campaign spending commission.

Kouchi spent $14,864.21 on mail-out cookbooks that were sent out during the month of July. The total includes including postage costs and printing fees.

Former Kauai Mayor Maryanne Kusaka donated a total of $450 to Kouchi’s campaign. Several organizations such as the Hawaii State Teachers Association, Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, United Public Workers, Hawaii Association of Realtors and the Hawaii Fire Fighter Association have donated large chunks of change to the senator’s campaign.

During this election cycle, the president of the Hawaii Senate has spent 12 percent on travel and lodging, 30 percent on advertising, 6 percent on food and beverages and 4 percent on contributions to community organizations, such as Friends of the Kauai Drug Court and Friends of the Children’s Justice Center.

Kouchi for Senate ends the reporting period with $142,446.62.

District 16

In the race for Hawaii State Representative District 16, although the deadline was Aug. 3, both Democrat Dee Morikawa’s campaign and Republican Victoria Franks’ campaign filed their disclosure papers one day early.

Friends of Victoria Franks raised $120 during the last reporting period, which brings her total cash to $647.97, according to figures from the campaign spending commission. The candidate began the reporting period with $527.97.

The incumbent, Morikawa, began the reporting period with $10,951.32 and received $6,000 in donations, with most monetary and non-monetary contributions being of $100 or more.

After spending $2,379.54, Morikawa ends the reporting period with $14,571.78.

Her donors include Altria Client Services, United Heath Group, United Public Workers PAC and Hawaii Association of Realtors.

During the campaign cycle, the majority of Morikawa’s donations have come from Hawaii, but about 11 percent have come from other states, including $2,000 from the Patsy T. Mink PAC.

Morikawa has spent 12 percent on contributions to community organizations and 17 percent on advertising.

District 15

Friends of James Kunane Tokioka raised $5,950 during the current reporting period, according to figures from the campaign spending commission. His campaign began with $31,433.33 and after spending a total of $8,041,02, Tokioka was left with a surplus of $29,342.31.

The candidate spent $2,766.75 for a campaign party at Troy’s Place in Lihue after the July 27 candidate forum. Other expenditures include advertising and office supplies.

During the election cycle, Tokioka has spent 20 percent on advertising, 17 percent on food and beverages and 6 percent on contributions to community organizations, which amounts to $2,426.

His challenger, Democrat Tommy Oi, began the reporting period with a deficit of $2,405.19 and received a total of $3,950 in contributions, according to the most recent disclosure report.

During the election cycle, the candidate has spent 67 percent of contributions on advertising and 11 percent on printing. Friends of Tommy Oi has not contributed to community organizations.

Most of Oi’s donations come from Lihue and Puhi, but he has also received donations from Kapaa and Hilo.

More deadlines

The next conditional deadline for candidates is Wednesday, but that’s only for candidates who need to report late contributions of more than $500 received between July 30 and Aug. 9, said Tony Baldomero, associate director at the campaign spending commission.

Kouchi might be the only candidate to fall into this category, Baldomero added.

Although most of Kauai’s candidates will be chosen in the primary — save for the County Council — candidates are still expected to file disclosure reports by the next filing date, which is Sept. 2, Baldomero said.

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