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I enjoyed meeting so many of you at Netroots Nation in Providence earlier this summer -- and I am very grateful for the support the Daily Kos community has given me and our campaign.

Now, I need your help if we're going to keep the U.S. Senate blue this November.

I just won a hard-fought primary to become the Democratic nominee for Hawaii’s Senate seat, to follow in the footsteps of our beloved Sen. Daniel Akaka who is retiring this year. All the while, my Republican opponent, former Gov. Linda Lingle, has been stockpiling money from her right-wing, mega-donor network.

That’s given Lingle a significant cash advantage -- and in a small state like Hawaii, that can make a huge difference come November.

So today, we're launching a "Pineapple Bomb" -- a grassroots moneybomb fundraiser with a Hawaii twist -- to replenish our campaign coffers so we can go toe-to-toe with Lingle and her right-wing backers all the way through November.

We're trying to raise more than $100,000 from our allies across the country over the next 72 hours -- and I need your help to make it a success.

Please contribute $5 to our "Pineapple Bomb" today -- and help me keep Hawaii's Senate seat in Democratic hands!

My Republican opponent has boasted that she will raise between $8 million and $10 million in her quest to win Hawaii's open Senate seat for the GOP -- an astronomical amount in a small state like Hawaii, even before factoring in the millions of dollars pouring in from right-wing groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Lingle's campaign warchest is so deep, she even bought her own TV channel in Hawaii -- entirely devoted to around-the-clock programming trying to sugarcoat her reputation with voters and tarnish mine.

She's trying to convince Hawaii voters that she’d be an "independent voice," but the truth is that national Republicans recruited Lingle because they think she's their ticket to a GOP Senate majority -- and a rubber-stamp for their right-wing agenda, like making the Bush tax cuts permanent and repealing Obamacare.

Polls show we can win, but not without your help.

Please contribute $5 to our "Pineapple Bomb" today -- and help me stay competitive against my deep-pocketed Republican opponent.

As we say in Hawaii: mahalo (thank you).

Originally posted to Mazie Hirono on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 09:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by APA Kos : Asian/Pacific Americans at DailyKos and Hirono for Senate.

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