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A new round of campaign finance reports are in, and here are LL’s quick takes:
Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser’s money train keep chugging, with just about every power-that-be in town writing her a $500 check. She raised $63,000 in the last two months, bringing her total so far to $148,000. Challenger Max Skolnik has raised a respectable $26,000 in a short time (including $500 from Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam!) while the fundraising of both Baruti Jahi and Judi Jones continues to be anemic.
At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown apparently took the last two months off, raising only $3,700. His total haul so far is only $53,000, but LL suspects that Brown could tap his large network of contacts to make it rain whenever he so chose. His declared opponent, David Grosso, pulled in a decent $29,000 catch.
Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander is struggling to keep pace with her colleagues. She’s raised $48,000 so far and already spent $21,000, with some of that money going to the Lancer Group, the same campany run by Harold Gist that did much of the field work for Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown‘s campaign last year. Kevin B. Chavous raised $21,000, Bill Bennett raised $6,500, Tom Brown raised $2,900 and the $940 haul for Ron Moten‘s not-yet-really-official campaign was probably not enough to get him excited (if you know what LL means).