Late Money Flows to Caldwell in Honolulu Mayoral Race

Former Honolulu Managing Director Kirk Caldwell continues to close the money gap in the race for mayor, according to the most recent data from the state Campaign Spending Commission.

Caldwell late contributions report states he pulled in about $47,000 in the weeks leading up to Saturday’s election.

He was followed in fundraising by former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano, who received nearly $22,000 in contributions during the same stretch.

Incumbent Mayor Peter Carlisle lagged, grabbing only $12,650 in donations.

This still leaves Cayetano in the fundraising lead with a total haul of about $972,000, including loans and other contributions.

Caldwell is in second with $921,500. That figures includes a $50,000 loan he gave to his campaign.

Carlisle again is in third, with about $674,000 in total receipts.

Interestingly, the fundraising rankings reflect the most recent Civil Beat poll that shows Cayetano in the lead, followed by Caldwell then Carlisle.

Nick Grube

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