With a week left before Election Day, the mayoral campaigns are spending down their money, according to Office of Campaign Finance reports filed yesterday that cover Oct. 11 to Oct. 27. And no one has more of it than Muriel Bowser, who has more than $300,000 more cash on hand than nearest rival David Catania.
Raised: $117,139.00. Spent: $711,504.83. Cash on hand: $435,241.45.
Like her opponents, Bowser has switched from fundraising to spending, but that hasn’t kept her from raising more money than everyone else, anyway. Among Bowser’s donors: Vince Gray loyalist Steve Glaude ($1,000), megalawyer A. Scott Bolden ($1,000), and former city administrator/perennial potential mayoral candidate Robert Bobb ($750). Bowser’s campaign took in a total of $11,500 from PACs in the last couple of weeks.
Bowser’s expenses include $500 for “styling services” at a U Street NW salon and $171,430.60 on TV ads, along with tens of thousands more in mailers. Bowser’s campaign also paid $30,215.50 for phone calls.
Raised: $69,638.33. Spent: $502,597.60. Cash on hand: $129,104.06.
Catania donors include former high-ranking Gray staffer Janene Jackson ($250) and the Whirlpool appliance PAC ($1,000).
Catania spent $81,228 on TV ad buys and $6,000 to Clarity Campaign Labs for a “D.C. Mayor Tracker.” Catania’s campaign hasn’t responded to LL’s request about whether that tracker is this kind of tracker.
Update, 11:40 a.m. 10/29: Catania campaign manager Ben Young tells LL that the expense refers to a tracking poll, not a “tracker” to follow Bowser around with a video camera.
Raised: $66,933.00. Spent: $71,981.56. Cash on hand: $55,462.53.
Schwartz floated her campaign another $60,000 loan, bringing the total that it “owes” her to $102,000. Schwartz’s campaign spent $53,349 on producing and mailing out her brochures.
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