Money Update: Frumin Still in the Lead
The second round of campaign finance reports for the April 23 special D.C. Council election are out, and Ward 3 education advocate Matthew Frumin continues to have a sizable fundraising edge over the six other candidates vying for an at-large seat.
Frumin raised $35,000 this cycle, and put $10,000 of his own money into the effort, as well. That brings his campaign's total receipts to $130,000 and leaves Frumin with $98,000 cash on hand.
Republican Pat Mara had the best fundraising cycle this time around, raising $55,000. That brings his total take so far to $75,000 and leaves Mara with $54,000 on hand. Mara's report shows a $1,000 donation from the PAC Freedom's Defense Fund, which supports far-right candidates like Todd Akin, who declared last year that some rape was "legitimate" and that the "female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down" in those cases. (The PAC, reportedly, may not be totally on the up-and-up.)
When Mara came in second in the 2011 special election, he'd raised only $32,000 by this point of the race. (By contrast, the winner of that race, Councilmember Vincent Orange, raised $190,000 at this point two years ago, thanks in very large part to now-embattled businessman Jeff Thompson.)
Councilmember Anita Bonds' report isn't posted at the Office of Campaign Finance's website yet, but her campaign says she raised $46,600 this period, which the campaign correctly notes is "more than any other Democrat in the race" for the time frame. It's unclear how much Bonds has left to spend. Her first campaign finance report showed her raising $11,000 (with a $5,000 loan from Bonds) and not spending a penny.
LL No. 4 Elissa Silverman raised $25,000 this cycle, bringing her total fundraising to $62,000 and leaving her with $47,000 on hand. Silverman, who doesn't accept corporate donations, received donations from former Mayor Adrian Fenty's best friend Sinclair Skinner, Fenty's former City Administrator Neil Albert, and Fenty's former Deputy Mayor for Education Victor Reinoso.
Former Councilmember Michael Brown, who flew across the country last week to attend multiple fundraisers, raised an underwhelming $30,000 this cycle. Lakers great Magic Johnson doesn't show up on this campaign finance report as a Brown donor (Brown said last week that Johnson will be donating; he did not say when). In a Twitter spat last night with the Post's Mike DeBonis, Brown said, "Whatever we raise it will be enough 2 win."
Pro-pot candidate Paul Zukerberg raised $9,000 and gave his campaign another $2,000, bringing his totals to $20,00o and his cash on hand at $16,000.
Statehood Green party candidate Perry Redd raised less than $4,000 and has $1,200 cash on hand.