Now that the last batch of pre-election disclosure reports have been filed, there’s more digging to be done.
Kirk Caldwell’s campaign raised $602,598.50 since the August primary election. Here’s a snapshot of those who gave $3,000 or more during this period. I’m starting there because this seems to be where the money is.
You can click on this chart for a few extra details.
Rail-related contractors and unions are well represented on the list of top donors, including the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters PAC, Parsons Brinckerhoff, InfraConsult, and Kiewit.
[**Correction: John Dwyer, who is listed as a contributor of $4,000 to Caldwell, actually did not contribute to his 2012 mayoral campaign. Dwyer, who has actively been backing Caldwell's opponent, Ben Cayetano, says the campaign made an error in reporting his name. Click here to see my Nov. 2 post concerning Dwyer's situation.]
The Campaign Spending Commission offers an easy way to get a more detailed look at contributions from these corporate sources.
Go to the Campaign Spending Commisison website, then choose “View Reports –> Candidate Committees“, then keep going by clicking “Candidate Contribution and Expenditure Reports“, and then click on “Special Report” in the menu bar at the top of the page.
You can now search for the candidate of your choice, choose a reporting period, and you’ll be presented with a number of ways to display the data. These include sorting by amount and then by contributor name, and “Sorted by Employer and than by Occupation and than by Contributor Name,” as well as a list of other options, probably all worth exploring.
As an aside…yes, the commission form says “than” instead of “then”, although clearly the latter would be correct in this context. It’s small print, though, so maybe no one notices.
In any case, I selected Caldwell’s most recent report, and then clicked for the “employer-occupation-contributor” sort.
Now it’s easy to see that there were at least 9 contributions from people associated with InfraConsult, another 9 from Parsons Brinckerhoff, and so on.
Browse around and let us know what things of note you might find.
And if some of my links here don’t work, please let me know!