Kirk Caldwell will be sworn in as Honolulu's next mayor on January 2, 2013
Kirk Caldwell

BY JIM DOOLEY – Kirk Caldwell and the Super PAC that supported him spent more than $5 million to win this year’s Honolulu mayoral election – tripling the expenditures of losing candidate Ben Cayetano, according to reports filed today with the state Campaign Spending Commission.

Pacific Resources Partnership, the political action committee that backed Caldwell, spent $3.6 million in this year’s election.

Almost all of that money went to advertising and other political support of Caldwell, who favored continuation of the city’s rapid transit project which Cayetano adamantly opposed.

Caldwell’s campaign spent just under $1.7 million and ended the campaign $222,000 in the red.

Former Hawaii Gov. Cayetano’s campaign spent $1.43 million and the PAC that supported him, called AiKea, kicked in another $213,000, according to spending reports.

Ben Cayetano

The Caldwell/PRP spending totals dwarf the money spent by Mufi Hannemann, $3.7 million, to win the last full Honolulu mayoral campaign.

Cayetano is suing PRP and several individuals and companies involved in the negative campaign that was waged against him.

PRP is financed by contractors, developers and the Hawaii Carpenters Union.

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Jim Dooley joined the Hawaii Reporter staff as an investigative reporter in October 2010. Before that, he has worked as a print and television reporter in Hawaii since 1973, beginning as a wire service reporter with United Press International. He joined Honolulu Advertiser in 1974, working as general assignment and City Hall reporter until 1978. In 1978, he moved to full-time investigative reporting in for The Advertiser; he joined KITV news in 1996 as investigative reporter. Jim returned to Advertiser 2001, working as investigative reporter and court reporter until 2010. Reach him at Jim@hawaiireporter.com