Gray Raises $627K in Latest Campaign Report
When the Washington Post reported that supporters of Vince Gray wanted to raise $1 million by the Jan. 31 disclosure deadline, Gray campaign manager Chuck Thies claimed that the seven-digit figure wasn't an official campaign aim. Realistic goal or not, it's one Gray's campaign couldn't reach, pulling in just more than half that with a still-hefty $627,061.57.
Here's how Gray's and the rest of the campaigns came out in Friday's reports.
Raised: $627,061.57. Spent: $66,243.77. Cash on hand: $560,817.80.
This mayor can fundraise. Among Gray's donors this period: Wizards owner Ted Leonsis ($2,000) Walmart ($2,000), ex-Pigskins player Darryl Pounds ($2,000), mayoral frat brother/megalobbyist Bruce Bereano ($2,000), and flack-for-dictators Lanny Davis ($1,000).
Gray's campaign also benefited from big bundlers, receiving money from businesses associated with gas station king Joe Mamo ($4,000), and people associated with favored city construction firms Brailsford & Dunlavey ($4,000) and McKissack & McKissack ($10,000).
Mayoral staff helped out their boss in a big way, with Gray taking in the maximum $2,000 donations from chief of staff Chris Murphy, Office of Neighborhood Engagement head Francisco Fimbres, fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe, deputy chief of staff Sheila Bunn, and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins.
Other Gray staffers contributed too, including Taxicab Commission head Ron Linton ($500), Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs boss Nicholas Majett ($1,000), mayoral spokesman Pedro Ribeiro ($250) and Attorney General Irv Nathan ($1,000).Gray donated $2,000 to his own campaign, as well.
But despite an impressive treasury, there's one guy who still hasn't gotten paid: outspoken campaign manager Thies. Thies, who didn't receive any money for December either, tells LL that he'll invoice the campaign for his January work this month.
Raised: $198,174.56. Spent: $95,179.55. Cash on hand: $685,491.81.
Evans' campaign continued his usual stellar buck-raking this period, with only Gray outraising the Ward 2 councilmember. Among Evans' donors: former Ward 4 councilmember Charlene Drew Jarvis ($400) and Washington power restaurant BLT Steak ($1,000). Evans even received a donation from one Brendan Sullivan—although not the Brendan Sullivan representing alleged shadow campaign mastermind Jeffrey Thompson, but his son. Between himself and his baseball camp company, the younger Sullivan contributed $1,000 to Evans' bid.
Evans' run has been great for the Current newspaper chain's bottom line, with Evans spending $14,235 on ads in the papers.
Raised: $165,958.18. Spent: $130,896.89. Cash on hand: $791,080.32.
Bowser broke the million dollar mark in total fundraising this period, bringing her campaign's total to $1,086,262.98. With more cash on hand than any of her opponents, Bowser is well-placed for big spending in the last two months before the primary—one wag remarked to LL that it's time to get ready for the "Bowser barrage."
Raised: $90,534.15. Spent: $53,585.68. Cash on hand: $169,519.11.
Despite lagging far behind his main rivals in fundraising, Wells' financial situation looks better than it did in December, when he spent more than he took in.
Wells got a boost this period from, among others, District developer Pedro Alfonso ($2,000) and ubiquitous local marijuana activist Adam Eidinger ($250), who's apparently come around on Wells since he said "Fuck him" about the Ward 6 councilmember in October.
Raised: $103,307.72. Spent: $97,271.85 Cash on hand: $99,309.20.
Busboys and Poets owner Shallal gave his own campaign $50,000 this cycle. The campaign could use the cash, spending $57,000 on consultants and $4,228 on canvassers. Among the more interesting uses for Shallal's money: $1,225 for wraparound advertising on a car and $621.90 for travel expenses for Danny Glover.
Raised: $43,319.00. Spent: $35,653.06. Cash on hand: $87,865.94.
Orange remains a favorite for big-time bundlers, taking in $10,000 from five companies affiliated with developer Willco Companies that share the same address in Potomac, Md.
Raised: $52,472.00. Spent: $79,748.36. Cash on hand: $30,296.96.
Former State Department bigwig Lewis got a contribution from former mayor Sharon Pratt ($100), but that and other contributions weren't enough to stop her from spending more than $20,000 more than she took in this period.
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