AM SAMOA CONGRESSMAN MOST FRUGAL ON THE HILL

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Faleomavaega raised, spent least in 2010 campaign

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Pacific Islands Report, Sept. 1, 2010) – A Washington, D.C.-based public interest group reports that American Samoa Congressman Eni F. H. Faleomavaega is the most "frugal campaigner" among candidates in the federal midterm elections.

The report says that Faleomavaega, who has represented America Samoa since 1988, raised just US$15,600 and spent only US$16,118 on his re-election bid. According to Hawaii 24/7, Hawaii gubernatorial candidates Mufi Hanneman and Neil Abercrombie raised about US$2.5 million and US$2 million respectively for their 2010 bids for the state’s top office.

According to the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics, Faleomavaega’s top two donor bases are from Washington D.C. and New York.

The group tracks campaign contributions in U.S. politics, and monitors "how that money affects policy and citizens’ lives."

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