Gay mayoral hopeful raises over $100k in two-week 'window'
by Mike Andrew -
SGN Staff Writer
Working within tight limits prescribed by state law, State Sen. Ed Murray raked in more than $103,000 in contributions toward his campaign in a two-week period to become Seattle's first openly Gay mayor.
'This campaign is building a dedicated network of supporters across the city of Seattle, and that energy and enthusiasm is reflected in this wave of support,' Murray said in a statement May 13.
'I really appreciate the fact that we are drawing support from hundreds of people across this city who have never given in a mayoral race before, and I want to thank all of the people who have stepped forward to back this campaign with their generous contributions.'
As a sitting state senator, Murray is prohibited from raising political campaign money while the legislature is in session. Thus he had a window of only two weeks to replenish his campaign treasury between the close of the legislature's regular session and the start of the special session called by Gov. Jay Inslee, which began on May 13.
After launching his bid for mayor on December 5, Murray had only nine days to raise seed money before the legislature convened. In that brief window, Murray raised more than $117,000 from more than 475 contributors, in what his campaign described as 'an unprecedented tally 11 months out from the November 2013 election.'
Murray's campaign was especially pleased that in the two-week fundraising opportunity between legislative sessions, he 'raised $103,693 from more than 515 individual contributors, many of whom have never given before in a mayoral race.'
McGINN FAR BEHIND
To date, Murray has raised a total of $219,622 from more than 925 individual contributors in only 23 days of fundraising. That places him just behind his rival City Council member Tim Burgess in the total amount raised, and ahead of all the other candidates, even though Burgess and the rest of the field have been fundraising uninterrupted for more than five months.
Burgess reported raising $36,395 in April and having $100,249 in the bank. He has spent more than half of the $231,000 he has raised since announcing last year, including $15,765 during the month of April.
A second City Council member running for mayor, Bruce Harrell, raised $33,896 in April and a total of $112,559 in the campaign to date, but he reports only $55,907 cash on hand at the end of April.
Incumbent mayor Mike McGinn trailed his leading challengers in fundraising. He raised only $28,601 in April, bringing his total for the campaign to $181,133, with $99,438 in cash-on-hand at the end of April.
Real-estate broker Charlie Staadecker, a first-time political candidate, raised $20,229 in April, ending the month with about $75,000 in the bank. Staadecker had raised a total of $152,354 through the end of April.
Former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck raised only $17,854 in April, bringing his campaign total to $62,152 with $37,842 in cash on hand.
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