NEW YORK—With the city’s mayoral election a little more than a year away, candidates—declared or not—had until midnight Monday to file their disclosure statement to the Campaign Finance Board, showing how much money they have raised between Jan. 12 and July 11 this year.
Here is a look at how much each mayoral candidate took in during period five:
Bill de Blasio
De Blasio’s campaign raised the most money for the second period in a row, taking in a net $760,746 in period five. The public advocate has not officially announced his candidacy for mayor. His campaign, however, has garnered much support with 1,152 supporters donating an average of $660.
De Blasio spent $226,159 net in period five, second only to John Liu, mostly on campaign consultants.
Current City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has not officially announced her candidacy for mayor but is considered a front-runner thus far. Her campaign office reported net contributions of $654,666 in period five, giving her an estimated $5 million in her campaign account.
Quinn has already reached the maximum spending limit for the primary and three-year period before the election and has begun to stash the extra contributions for a run-off if necessary.
Despite his campaign treasurer being arrested in February, and serious concerns surrounding how his campaign has raised money, city Comptroller John Liu took in $577,030 in net contributions in period five.
Liu spent the most of any candidate, with $341,810 in period five. More than half of his money raised went toward paying legal fees.
“For the purposes of his campaign going forward, it obviously diminished the amount of funds he can devote to campaigning,” said Alex Camarda, director of Public Policy Citizen’s Union. “The allegation surrounding some of his campaign staff … has cast a cloud over his campaign for mayor.”
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer pulled in a net $425,373 for period five. His campaign maintains the second highest total at $3.28 million, according to his campaign. Stringer has also spent the least amount this period with only $81,838, mostly on campaign workers’ salaries ($44,573.65). Stringer has not officially declared his intention to run for mayor.
Media executive Tom Allon raised $136,167 net this period, bringing his total up to $235,246 for his campaign. It is still early, but Camarda said lesser-known candidates have more of an uphill challenge to raise money.
“When it comes to raising money for any candidate there is sort of a chicken/egg scenario, which is you need money in order to be competitive. But at the same time, you need to be competitive to bring in contributions,” Camarda said.
Allon is one of three candidates officially declared for mayor.
Former Comptroller William (Bill) Thompson Jr. is the second officially declared candidate for mayor. His numbers were not updated on the Campaign Finance Board website by press time. However, a statement from his campaign said they had raised a total of $500,000 during this period.
Quinn has already maxed out, and Stringer appears to be very close prior to the primary season even opening. “I think what is unique about the candidates for mayor that we are seeing with this cycle is there are many strong candidates and they are raising money at a faster clip than we have seen in the past,” Camarda said.