Today we have another installment of the interesting stuff that turns up during a dig-through of Kauai campaign finance reports.
I compared Councilman Ross Kagawa and Gary Hooser, since the antipathy between the two is palpable. They represent, respectively, the blue and the red, the pro-ag vs the anti-GMO.
And, as it turns out, Westside and North Shore, local and haole.
A perusal of contributors reveals that Kagawa's support base is local, while virtually everyone giving money to Gary Hooser is not.
Ross collected contributions primarily from Kapaa to Kekaha, with just one donor in Kilauea. Gary's money came almost exclusively from the Kapaa-Hanalei region, with few westside contributors.
This is interesting because Ross voted against the pesticide-GMO regulatory Bill 2491, which Gary introduced supposedly to protect Westsiders from the agricultural practices of the seed companies.
So I think we again see evidence that the demand for buffer zones and pesticide disclosure is NOT coming from the people at the much ballyhooed “ground zero.”
Ross collected $7,830 in the small donations that qualified for matching contributions. Just $360 of that amount came from off-island. Gary collected $7,910 eligible for matching contributions, with $1,145 coming from other islands.
Overall, Gary raised $58,123, plus put in another $16,853 of his own money, for a whopping total of $74,976. Of that, $9,644 came from off-island. Gary is down to $8,789 in his coffers.
Ross raised $30,536, with $8,644 coming from off-island. He has $21,172 left.
In the last election, Ross came in second, with 12,387 votes. Gary was seventh, or last, with 8,257 votes.
Just above him, in sixth place, was Mason Chock, with 8,730 votes.
A review of Mason's records — he also collected $3,104.50 in qualifying contributions — shows that he and Gary share many of the same donors.
Which raises the question, how likely is it that Gary's supporters will follow his directive to “plunk” —vote only for him — if it means leaving Mason out in the cold?
And will Gary's $74,976 war chest, which tops everyone else running for Council, be enough to buy him a spot on the panel — especially when Ross, Derek Kawakami, Mel Rapozo and Arryl Kaneshiro are guaranteed to win seats?