Bill de Blasio Outraising Joe Lhota in NYC Mayoral Race

By Kristen Meriwether, Epoch Times
October 4, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

NEW YORK—In the two-week filing period from Sept. 17 to Sept. 30, Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio outraised his opponent by more than double, according to Campaign Finance Board records.

De Blasio’s net contributions were $634,940 and his net expenditures were $219,113. The new television ad launched earlier in the week is not included in the expenditures.

A total of 763 contributors donated to de Blasio’s campaign in the two-week period, with an average contribution size of $832. De Blasio used six intermediaries, drawing in $82,800.

Republican Joe Lhota’s net contributions were $279,519, with net expenditures of $189,063. The largest expense for Lhota was for campaign mailings ($40,823.71), and robo calls ($16,485.43). Like his opponent, the television ad, launched a day before de Blasio’s, was not included in the expenses for this filing.

Lhota had more contributors than his rival at 891, but they gave an average of $314, giving Lhota a much smaller take.

Lhota had no intermediaries during this filing. A Super PAC, lead by billionaire David Koch, is expected to provide Lhota with support, such as buying ads on his behalf, or purchasing mailings. The money raised by the Super PAC will not go to Lhota directly. The candidate is forbidden to discuss with the PAC how the money is to be spent or the content of the ads.

Candidates will file on Oct. 25 for the next two-week period before being required to file daily until the Nov. 5 election.