BEST CORPORATE TOOL RUNNING FOR MAYOR
James “Kimo” Apana
Oh man, this wasn’t even close. Do you people realize that between
1992 and 2002, when he lost the mayor’s office to Alan Arakawa,
then-Mayor Apana raked in nearly $1 million in campaign contributions?
A good chunk came from unions, which isn’t surprising given his
Democratic Party credentials, but many thousands of dollars came from
big companies with names like Maui Land & Pineapple, Alexander
& Baldwin, Castle & Cooke, Dowling Company, Amfac and all sorts
of realtor political action committees. The guy was practically
drowning in corporate cash when he last ran, and there’s no reason to
believe things will be different this time.
Runner-up: Wailuku Councilman Dain Kane (AP)