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  Hirono starts with biggest war chest
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Last EditedJ.R.  Apr 15, 2006 10:47am
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News DateSaturday, April 15, 2006 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFormer Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono's campaign for Congress is off to a fast start, as she announced this week that she has nearly $300,000 in the bank.

The money, according to campaign manager Julie Stauch, comes from a $100,000 personal loan from Hirono and $199,454 in contributions.

Details of the contributions will be available with the Federal Elections Commission next week, but Hirono's announcement puts her ahead of the estimates from other Democratic and Republican candidates for the rural Oahu and neighbor island 2nd Congressional District. The seat is up for grabs after U.S. Rep. Ed Case announced he will challenge U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka in the Democratic primary.

All the candidates say that they are planning grass-roots-style campaigns, but all acknowledge that they will not be competitive unless they can raise hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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