In just over the past six months, Pacific Resource Partnership, an organization supported by the Hawaii Carpenter's Union, has raised more than a million dollars and spent every dime of it on polling, advertising, and on Honolulu's three-way mayoral race.
Former Governor Ben Cayetano says it's hardly had an impact on his support.
"I guess I'm flattered that they've spent so much money on me. It seems like a lot of dollars wasted since I am in the same position in the last two polls," he said.
In a statement Thursday, PRP Executive Director John White said all of the funds come from the Hawaii Carpenters Market Recovery Program Fund.
"We are giving voice to the many people in our industry and throughout Oahu that do not want to return to the corrupt days of 'Pay to Play' that flourished under Ben Cayetano," said White.
Political analyst Neal Milner said, "They did it because they are the most visible organization that is pro-rail. What they did with these negative adds was to attack Cayetano saying he participated in illegal campaign spending contributions when he did not."
Cayetano says he's sticking by his record, solid polls, and his strong and growing support system to carry him to victory.
"I've been through eight general elections and this is my ninth. I've never had supporters as enthusiastic as they are now. It's nice that this is not an ideological race, but a fiscal one over the future of the city and it's non-partisan. People have been hanging tough with us and I'm inspired," said Cayetano.