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Hanabusa’s record doesn’t show aversion to PAC contributions

July 30th, 2014 · 5 Comments

The Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat is certainly heating up now that voting has started.

Senator Brian Schatz received the active support of Elizabeth Warren this week, courtesy of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. In an email to PCCC supporters across the country, including nearly 5,000 in Hawaii, Warren praised Schatz and solicited contributions for this campaign.

Since joining the Senate, I’ve done my best to fight back to hold Wall Street accountable, reduce student debt, and expand Social Security benefits.

One senator who has been my strong progressive ally is Brian Schatz of Hawaii.

Brian has fought by my side to expand Social Security benefits instead of cutting them. Now, he’s being attacked for his work protecting our seniors and most vulnerable.

Colleen Hanabusa’s campaign responded with a negative email blast attacking Schatz for accepting PAC contributions, saying the contributions show “he’s willing to say anything to raise money, even if it means abandoning his progressive ideals.”

She points out that most of her money for this campaign has come from individuals. True.

But it seems to me that’s because, in this race, she’s the challenger, and challengers have a harder time raising money, period.

But when she was the House incumbent, she didn’t seem to have the same qualms about those PAC dollars, did she?

I took a look at Hanabusa’s 2012 Congressional campaign, and downloaded a list of her PAC contributions. It isn’t a short list.


amount contributor_name
$1,000 AFL-CIO
$1,000 AFLAC Inc
$1,000 Air Line Pilots Assn
$1,000 Air Line Pilots Assn
$1,000 Alaska Airlines
$2,500 Alexander & Baldwin
$2,500 Alexander & Baldwin
$1,000 Amalgamated Transit Union
$1,000 American Airlines
$1,000 American Assn for Justice
$2,000 American Assn for Justice
$3,000 American Assn for Justice
$1,000 American Assn for Justice
$1,000 American Assn for Justice
$1,000 American Assn for Justice
$1,000 American Assn for Justice
$1,000 American Bankers Assn
-$5,000 American Bankers Assn
$1,500 American Bankers Assn
$1,500 American Bankers Assn
$5,000 American Crystal Sugar
$1,000 American Dental Assn
$1,500 American Dental Assn
-$1,500 American Dental Assn
$1,500 American Dental Assn
-$1,500 American Dental Assn
$1,500 American Dental Assn
$1,000 American Federation of Govt Employees
$1,000 American Federation of Govt Employees
$1,000 American Federation of Govt Employees
$2,500 American Federation of Teachers
$4,000 American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees
$1,000 American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees
$5,000 American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees
$1,000 American Health Care Assn
$1,000 American Hospital Assn
$2,500 American Maritime Officers
$2,000 American Maritime Officers
$2,500 American Maritime Officers
$1,000 American Nurses Assn
$2,500 American Optometric Assn
$1,000 American Optometric Assn
$1,000 American Optometric Assn
$1,000 American Physical Therapy Assn
$1,000 American Pilots Assn
$1,000 American Pilots Assn
$1,000 American Pilots Assn
$1,000 American Psychiatric Assn
$5,000 American Resort Development Assn
$2,500 American Resort Development Assn
$2,500 American Resort Development Assn
$500 American Shipping & Logistics Group
$1,000 American Sugar Cane League
$500 American Sugarbeet Growers Assn
$1,000 American Veterinary Medical Assn
$1,000 American Waterways Operators
$1,000 Amgen Inc
$1,000 Amgen Inc
$2,500 Anheuser-Busch
$500 Asian American Action Fund
$2,500 Asian American Action Fund
$2,500 AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
$1,500 AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
$1,000 AT&T Inc
$1,000 BAE Systems
$1,000 BAE Systems
$5,000 BAE Systems
$2,000 BAE Systems
$1,000 BAE Systems
$1,000 Blue Cross & Blue Shield Assn
$1,000 Blue Cross & Blue Shield Assn
$1,000 Boeing Co
$1,000 Boeing Co
$1,000 Boeing Co
$1,000 Boeing Co
$1,000 Boeing Co
$1,000 Boeing Co
$1,000 Boilermakers Union
$1,000 Boilermakers Union
$1,000 Boilermakers Union
$2,500 Bricklayers Union
$2,000 Bricklayers Union
$5,000 Carpenters & Joiners Union
$5,000 Carpenters & Joiners Union
$1,000 CBS Corp
$2,500 Central Pacific Bank
$1,000 Comcast Corp
$272 Council for a Livable World
$5 Council for a Livable World
$1 Council for a Livable World
$9 Council for a Livable World
$4 Council for a Livable World
$1 Council for a Livable World
$2 Council for a Livable World
$10 Council for a Livable World
$7 Council for a Livable World
$40 Council for a Livable World
$2 Council for a Livable World
$128 Council for a Livable World
$850 Council for a Livable World
$1,000 Covanta Energy Corp
$1,000 Covanta Energy Corp
$1,000 Credit Union National Assn
$1,000 Credit Union National Assn
$1,000 Credit Union National Assn
$1,000 Credit Union National Assn
$2,000 Dan Inouye for US Senate
$5,000 DANPAC
$5,000 DANPAC
$19 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte
$6 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte
$7 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte
$19 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte
$8 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte
$1,000 DuPont Co
$2,500 DynCorp International
$1,000 DynCorp International
$1,000 DynCorp International
$500 Federal Managers Assn
$1,000 Federal Managers Assn
$1,000 First Hawaiian Bank
$1,000 First Hawaiian Bank
$1,000 General Atomics
$2,000 General Dynamics
$1,000 General Dynamics
$1,000 General Dynamics
$1,000 General Dynamics
$1,000 General Dynamics
$1,000 General Electric
$1,000 General Electric
$1,000 Harris Corp
$1,000 Harris Corp
$1,000 Harris Corp
$500 Hawaii Medical Service Assn
$2,500 Hawaii Optometric Assn
$2,500 Hawaii Optometric Assn
$1,000 Hawaiian Airlines
$1,000 Hawaiian Airlines
$500 Hawaiian Airlines
$2,000 Honeywell International
$1,500 Honeywell International
$500 Honeywell International
$1,500 Honeywell International
$1,000 Honeywell International
$1,000 Honeywell International
$1,000 Horizon Lines
$1,500 Horizon Lines
$1,000 Horizon Lines
$500 Horizon Lines
$2,500 Horizon Lines
$1,000 Human Rights Campaign
$1,000 Inland Boatmen’s Union
$5,000 International Assn of Fire Fighters
$2,500 International Assn of Fire Fighters
$1,000 International Paper
$350 Intl Alliance Theatrical Stage Employees
$5,000 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
$5,000 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
$1,000 Intl Fedn of Prof & Technical Engineers
$1,000 Intl Longshoremen’s/Warehousemen’s Union
$1,500 Intl Longshoremen’s/Warehousemen’s Union
-$2,500 Intl Longshoremen’s/Warehousemen’s Union
$3,500 Intl Longshoremen’s/Warehousemen’s Union
$1,500 Intl Longshoremen’s/Warehousemen’s Union
$5,000 Ironworkers Union
$5,000 Ironworkers Union
$1,000 Jobs, Opportunities & Education PAC
$1,000 K&L Gates
$1,000 K&L Gates
$1,000 K&L Gates
$2,000 Laborers Union
$2,500 Laborers Union
$2,000 Laborers Union
$1,000 Lockheed Martin
$1,000 Lockheed Martin
$1,000 Lockheed Martin
$1,000 Lockheed Martin
$1,500 Lockheed Martin
$1,500 Lockheed Martin
$1,000 Management & Training Corp
$2,500 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn/Dist 1
-$1,000 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn/Dist 1
$1,000 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn/Dist 1
$1,500 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn/Dist 1
$1,000 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn/Dist 1
$500 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn/Dist 1
$500 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn/Dist 1
$500 Marine Fireman’s Union
$1,500 Marriott International
$1,000 Marriott International
$1,500 Masters, Mates & Pilots Union
$500 Masters, Mates & Pilots Union
$1,000 Masters, Mates & Pilots Union
$500 Masters, Mates & Pilots Union
$1,500 Masters, Mates & Pilots Union
$500 Masters, Mates & Pilots Union
$2,500 Masters, Mates & Pilots Union
$2,500 Matson Navigation
$2,500 Matson Navigation
$1,500 McDonald’s Corp
$1,500 McDonald’s Corp
$1,000 McDonald’s Corp
$3,000 McKesson Corp
$3,000 McKesson Corp
-$3,000 McKesson Corp
$1,000 Michigan Sugar
$1,000 Minn-Dak Farmers Co-Op
$1,000 Monsanto Co
$2,000 Monsanto Co
$1,000 Monsanto Co
$1,000 Monsanto Co
$1,000 National Active & Retired Federal Employees Assn
$1,000 National Active & Retired Federal Employees Assn
$1,000 National Air Traffic Controllers Assn
$5,000 National Air Traffic Controllers Assn
$1,000 National Air Traffic Controllers Assn
$1,000 National Air Traffic Controllers Assn
$1,000 National Assn of Insurance & Financial Advisors
$5,000 National Assn of Letter Carriers
$1,000 National Assn of Postal Supervisors
$1,000 National Assn of Postmasters
$5,000 National Assn of Realtors
$2,000 National Assn of Realtors
$1,000 National Assn of Realtors
$1,000 National Assn of Realtors
$2,500 National Beer Wholesalers Assn
$2,500 National Beer Wholesalers Assn
$1,000 National Cable & Telecommunications Assn
$1,000 National Cable & Telecommunications Assn
$1,000 National Cmte to Preserve Social Security
$1,000 National Community Action Foundation
$1,500 National Community Action Foundation
$1,000 National Community Action Foundation
$1,000 National Community Action Foundation
$2,000 National Education Assn
$2,000 National Education Assn
$2,500 National Electrical Contractors Assn
$1,000 National League of Postmasters
$1,000 National Postal Mail Handlers Union
$1,500 National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn
$1,000 National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn
$1,000 National Treasury Employees Union
$500 National Weather Service Employees Org
$500 NCL America
$5,000 New Democrat Coalition
$5,000 New Democrat Coalition
$1,000 Northrop Grumman
$1,000 Northrop Grumman
$3,000 Northrop Grumman
$2,000 Northrop Grumman
$500 Northrop Grumman
$2,500 Northrop Grumman
$1,000 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$2,500 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$1,500 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$1,000 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$1,000 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$1,000 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$500 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$500 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$1,000 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$500 Ocean Champions
$1,000 Operating Engineers Local 3
$5,000 Operating Engineers Union
$1,500 Operating Engineers Union
$2,500 Operating Engineers Union
$1,000 Pacific Century Financial
$1,000 Pacific Century Financial
$500 Pacific Century Financial
$1,000 Painters & Allied Trades Union
$4,000 Painters & Allied Trades Union
$5,000 Painters & Allied Trades Union
$1,000 Parsons Corp
$1,000 Patton Boggs LLP
$1,000 Planned Parenthood
$1,000 Plasterers & Cement Masons Union
$2,500 Plasterers & Cement Masons Union
$1,000 Plasterers & Cement Masons Union
$1,000 Plumbers/Pipefitters Union
$2,500 Plumbers/Pipefitters Union
$1,500 Professional Airways Systems Specialists
$1,000 Professional Airways Systems Specialists
$1,000 Raytheon Co
$1,000 Raytheon Co
$1,000 Raytheon Co
$1,000 Raytheon Co
$1,000 Raytheon Co
$1,000 Raytheon Co
$500 Sailors Union of the Pacific
$2,000 Seafarers International Union
$5,000 Seafarers International Union
$500 Seafarers International Union
$2,500 Seafarers International Union
$2,500 Sheet Metal Workers Union
$2,500 Sheet Metal Workers Union
$2,500 Sheet Metal Workers Union
$2,500 Sheet Metal Workers Union
$1,000 Shipbuilders Council of America
$1,000 Southern Minn Beet Sugar Co-Op
$1,000 SSA Marine
$1,000 Sugar Cane Growers Co-op of Florida
$2,000 Teamsters Union
$1,000 Tesoro Corp
$1,000 Tesoro Corp
$1,000 Time Warner Cable
$1,000 Time Warner Cable
$1,000 Time Warner Cable
$2,000 Tote Inc
$1,000 Tote Inc
$2,500 Tote Inc
$1,000 Triwest Healthcare Alliance
$2,500 UNITE HERE
$2,500 UNITE HERE
$1,000 United Airlines
$2,000 United Auto Workers
$2,000 United Auto Workers
$500 United Parcel Service
-$500 United Parcel Service
$500 United Parcel Service
$1,000 United Technologies
$2,500 United Technologies
$1,000 United Technologies
$1,000 United Transportation Union
$1,000 Van Ness Feldman
$1,000 Venable LLP
$1,000 Vsp Holding Co
$1,000 Vsp Holding Co
$5,000 Walt Disney Co
$1,000 Watanabe, Ing & Komeiji
$1,000 Watson Pharmaceuticals
$1,000 We the People PAC
$1,000 Western Sugar Cooperative
$2,500 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
$1,000 World Alliance for Israel

Tags: Campaigns · Politics

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 t // Jul 30, 2014 at 6:22 am

    1/1/2013 to 6/30/2014
    Individual contributions to Hanabusa, sorted by the contributor’s employer:

    R. M. TOWILL CORPORATION $14,600
    NAN, INC. $10,400
    UNITED FISHING AGENCY, LTD. $10,400
    WAIKIKI BUSINESS PLAZA $10,100
    WAIMANA ENTERPRISES, INC. $10,100
    ALEXANDER & BALDWIN $10,000
    FIRST HAWAIIAN BANK $8,700
    UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII $8,450
    GALIHER DEROBERTIS ONO $7,850
    ROYAL CONTRACTING CO., LTD. $7,800
    TOP OF WAIKIKI $7,700
    THE RESORT GROUP $7,600
    MATSON INC. $7,535
    R.M. TOWILL CORPORATION $7,300
    HMSA $6,776
    MATSON NAVIGATION COMPANY $6,100
    ALEXANDER & BALDWIN, INC. $5,900

    Source:
    http://www.fec.gov/data/CandidateSummary.do?format=html&election_yr=2014

  • 2 t // Jul 30, 2014 at 6:26 am

    (some employers appear again under slightly different names but you get the picture)

  • 3 autumnrose // Jul 30, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks for the link, t. Wondered where to find fed campaign spending data. Hanabusa raised $2.77 million vs Schatz almost $5 million. Mindboggling. I guess it’s worth it to the donors to get their man or woman elected.

  • 4 Frank // Jul 30, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Where is the companion list of PACs contributing to Schatz? A little balance too much to ask?

  • 5 Ian Lind // Jul 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    This morning’s post was a reaction to, and an assessment of, Hanabusa’s email blast about PAC contributions. It wasn’t intended to be a comparison.

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