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My last diary was about the connections--the common donors, staffers, and history--between the organizations of Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic candidate for Hawaii's open second Congressional district, and her father Mike Gabbard, a well-known anti-gay activist and former Republican.  (A 2005 blog post calls him "the gay communities local version of the anti-Christ.")

Tulsi Gabbard's fundraising markedly improved in the last quarter of 2011.  As she was also endorsed by EMILY's List at the end of this period, I was wondering if a significant portion of her fundraising would still come from family members and her father's donors and staff--especially since Tulsi Gabbard has repeatedly tried to distance herself from her father's (and what were once her own) socially-conservative views.

You can see the report here.  Tulsi Gabbard seems to have raised $172,203.44 from individuals (other than herself).  She definitely raised $209,615.42 in all. ($208,255.42 considering that some contributions were refunded.)  I say "seems to" because I think at first I was double-counting ActBlue-aggregated contributions, and I think I've eliminated that.  Still, I might have made some mistake there.

The following individuals all donated to Tulsi Gabbard's campaign over this fundraising quarter.  As far as I can tell from comparing records and so forth, except where noted they are also all either current or former staff of Mike Gabbard and/or donated to Mike Gabbard's campaigns for either Congress or the state Legislature as a Republican.

Amanda Lowther
janet bishop [Same address as John Bishop, linked below, and see also here]
Keith H Kurahashi
Josh Harvey [see also here]
Michael T. Jones
Robert Riggs
Steve A Telander
Anya Anthony
John Bishop
Lawrence Olsen
Erika Tsuji
Bhakti Gabbard
Gerald M. Gabbard
Harry Acuna
Clifford R Hillier
Mary P Hillier
Elsie Porter
Carol P Gabbard
Donna Lay
Devin Bull
Kunti Bull
Richard Fried
Carol Lent
Robert Lent
Franklin Tsuji
Richard Lowther
Simon L. Williams
Fredrick Sands
Eileen Cervantes [see also  Eileen Bishop-Cervantes]

Each link should take you to donor records for each name, although I didn't bother to link to some of the names discussed in my last diary, like the Gabbards, the Tsujis, the Bulls, Donna Lay, etc.  Note that not all of these are necessarily conservative figures.  For example, Richard Fried is a big Democratic donor, and Keith Kurahashi and Michael T. Jones seem to have significant Democratic donations (as well as some Republican ones).  Riggs gave to Akaka, although he's also Mike Gabbard's office manager and Tulsi Gabbard's custodian of records.  Still, I wanted to be comprehensive.  

I thought the Fredrick Sands who donated to Tulsi was a big Democratic donor, but that's the Hawaii Fredrick Sands.  The one who donated to Tulsi, like the above, is a Sacramento programmer, not a Paia physician.

Thanks to this blog post for reminding me about Cervantes, and for this colorful description I will repeat:

For those of you that don't live in Hawaii, Mike Gabbard is the gay communities local version of the anti-Christ. When he ran for state senate this year, most gay people I know turned their noses up and said he would never win. Well, surprise to you folks living in State Senate District 19, you can call him Senator Gabbard. Scary, eh?

I came across his campaign contributions from his failed bid against Ed Case in 2004 and found it interesting the sources of the money. Embarassingly enough, I actually know a couple of these names.

Anyway. My impression is that big Democratic donors like Fried are exceptions on this list.  See for yourself how many of the above seemingly donated to no other campaign than Mike Gabbard's Congressional campaign, or Mike Gabbard's campaign and Richard Reed's Senate campaign, both as Republicans.  Again, click through my last diary for links to some backstory on Reed's Senate campaign, allegedly connected to both the Gabbards' and to Butler's religious group.

Let's get to the final sum:

Between them, by my count, the names listed above gave $53,558.44 to Tulsi Gabbard's campaign last quarter.  That's some 31.1% of her fundraising from individuals last quarter, and 25.6% of her total fundraising last quarter.

I was going to end this diary on a somewhat sarcastic note--that Tulsi Gabbard's campaign treasurer is listed as "Talia Khurana", and that this is basically the first staffer on her campaign that I'm aware of that wasn't a relative or someone who worked for her father.  But then I read on:  "Signed: Ms. Talia Tamayo Khurana".  Tulsi Gabbard used to go by Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo--her ex-husband is Eddie Tamayo.  (Or Eduardo Tamayo, and see also here.  Note that site has Carol Gabbard's maiden name as "Porter", also the name of a common Gabbard donor.)

And Talia Khurana shares an address with Vikram Khurana, and between them they gave an additional $9,500 to Tulsi Gabbard's campaign last quarter.  I can't actually find a relationship between Tulsi Gabbard's ex-husband, Eduardo Tamayo, and her campaign treasurer, Talia Tamayo Khurana.  But, given how tight-knit and family-based her campaign staff and fundraising have been, it wouldn't exactly be an anomaly.  

Note: The FDL article I linked to alleges that Eduardo Tamayo is himself the "son of a Filipino military guy, Col. Antonio Tamayo, Jr., who is said to be a devotee of Jagad Guru Butler."  I linked to it because that's how I found Eduardo's full name.  I can't evaluate the claim that Tamayo is linked to Butler's group--how can anyone evaluate rumors about who someone is "said to be a devotee of"?  But I think the responsible thing to do is to say that outright, rather than link to articles that make claims that I ignore.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

    by Xenocrypt on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 10:15:56 PM PST

  •  I believe this is just too common to mean anything (1+ / 0-)
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    Basically any politician who has a parent who was recently involved in politics will inherit a donor base. This was quite apparent for Rand Paul and even moreso for Weston Wamp. I'm definitely not rooting for Gabbard, but this doesn't say much to me.

    -8.88, -4.21 Why does the most beautiful place in the world (Idaho Panhandle) have to get dumped with thousands of Cali GOP doofuses?

    by Whitty on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 08:05:26 AM PST

    •  Here's the key difference (4+ / 0-)
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      Rand and Ron, and even moreso, Weston and Zach, share the same politics. Tulsi Gabbard has taken a lot of pains recently to stress that her politics are different from her father's. So why would her dad's old donors still be interested in her? Or, put another way, if they're the kind of people who liked her dad's politics, then why is she interested in them? Obviously the answer is money, but that doesn't exactly make me feel great. (And I'm not one who typically gets squeamish about money in politics.)

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      by David Nir on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 08:15:59 AM PST

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      •  There is another obvious answer (2+ / 0-)
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        They could simply like the family, not just for political but for personal reasons. I imagine in some cases, they may be friends of her father and doing this as a personal favor. Or they may have met her through him and like her, regardless of some differences in their views.

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        by MichaelNY on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 12:38:20 AM PST

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        •  Agreed (1+ / 0-)
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          They also might like some aspect of Mike Gabbard's politics other than his views on social issues--check out the Honolulu Magazine article I linked to in my previous diary for some discussion there.

          As I've said, I don't pretend to know what this means--there are a number of possibilities, and as you say they aren't all sinister.  

          Even if her donors and staff are just personal and family friends, and therefore this doesn't necessarily imply anything about Tulsi Gabbard's own views or possible voting record, I still think it's at least notable how high a percentage of her fundraising and staff come from that.  I imagine its unusual for virtually all of a candidate's staff to be their relatives or have worked for their father, even for a dynastic candidate.

          26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

          by Xenocrypt on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 05:15:15 PM PST

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      •  Well-put (1+ / 0-)
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        As MichaelNY and I said, there might well be innocuous answers to the questions you ask--but I think they're legitimate questions to ask.

        Some dynastic candidates run as (much as I hate this phrase) "brand extensions" of their families.  Everyone knew Rand Paul was Ron Paul's son, and what that probably meant about Rand's politics--in fact, as far as I know, he was running as a libertarian-unorthodox conservative in his father's mold, and, as far as I know, that's the kind of Senator he became.

        Tulsi Gabbard is very much not running as a candidate in her father's mode--she mentions her father only in passing.  I don't know if there are any pictures on her website of her and her father or her mother.  But her campaign gives every indication of being a family operation.  I have no idea what that means about her views or potential voting record, but I think it's, at least, worth keeping track of.

        And remember, I was pretty restrictive--I limited myself to people who donated to Mike Gabbard as a Republican as well as Tulsi Gabbard.  

        26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

        by Xenocrypt on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 05:41:17 PM PST

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