8 Nov 2016

Candidate funding details released in American Samoa

5:23 pm on 8 November 2016

The Federal Elections Commission has released the details of candidates' campaign funding ahead of the election in American Samoa tomorrow.

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Incumbent GOP Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen has raised almost $US63,000 this year through mid-October for her re-election bid.

Democratic challenger and former Education Director Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin-Finau raised almost $42,000 including $7,000 in candidate contributions, while Democrat Mapu Jamias raised just under $12,000.

Two other minor candidates, commercial boat owner Tim Jones, an independent, and Meleangi Suitonu Chapman, a Democrat, did not file campaign finance reports, even though they are on the ballot.

Congresswoman Radewagen spent more than $42,000 on her re-election effort through the latest filing, while Ms Hunkin-Finau spent over $38,000.

Paepaetele Mapu Jamias spent a bit over $8,000 and had about $3600 left in the remaining weeks before the election.

That compared with $4600 left over for Hunkin-Finau and more than $21,000 remaining for Republican Radewagen.

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