Mayoral Hopefuls Release Fundraising Data
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's campaign announced that he had raised more than $800,000 in six months, while Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she raised about $700,000
The presumptive contenders for the 2013 mayoral race are starting to release their fundraising numbers for the six-month filing period that ended this week.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's campaign announced Friday on Twitter that he had raised more than $800,000 in the six months that ended Wednesday. A campaign consultant for New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she raised about $700,000 in the six-month filing period that ended this week. Other possible contenders including Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, former Comptroller Bill Thompson and Comptroller John Liu haven't yet released their numbers.
Quinn campaign consultant Josh Isay says she has about $5 million cash on hand. Quinn has been leading the Democratic pack when it comes to total dollars raised. De Blasio didn't release his total, but based on last period's numbers, he can't have much more than $2.36 million on hand.
Isay says that, including public matching funds, Quinn has enough money to spend the maximum $6.73 million allowed during the mayoral primary — and still have $2.4 million left over for the general election. Quinn's fundraising has slowed since she reached the primary limit.
Former U.S. Rep Anthony Weiner — a mayoral contender until he resigned amid a sexting scandal — also filed his report Friday. His campaign spent about $40,000 this period on expenses including rent, shredding and phone bills. It raised no money.
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Published at 5:43 PM EDT on Jul 13, 2012
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