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Keep smiling. (Darrow Montgomery)

On Monday, Jonathan O’Connell drilled down into the economic development platforms of Mayor Adrian Fenty and would-be mayor Vince Gray. In a nutshell, he concludes that while Fenty has gone for big developments—many of which haven’t yet been built—Gray would focus on fewer projects, and emphasize the steady-job-generating tourism industry. We also get a bit of an overview of who favors whom in D.C. economic development:

[William] Hanbury is leading a small pool of other economic development and workforce leaders who — feeling scorned by the current mayor — consider mayoral candidate Vincent C. Gray (D), chairman of the D.C. Council, to be a worthy steward of the city’s economy. Fenty, by contrast, has received support from nearly every real estate developer in the city, allowing him to amass nearly $5 million in political donations with less than a month to go before the Sept. 14 Democratic primary.

I finally had some time to wade through the August 10th campaign finance reports, and thought we could add a bit more detail to O’Connell’s fine analysis. Here are a few notables.

CAMP FENTY: Overall, Fenty’s 597 donors this period (since June 10th) include a lot of Floridians and Californians, as well as:

  • The venerable law firm Arnold & Porter, which has done a lot of pro bono work (including tenants at the Deauville Apartments) donated $2,000.
  • Urban Investment Partners, which was in the news most recently for its management of Marbury Plaza, is a huge fan. Through Marbury Plaza, it donated $2,000. LLCs tied to four other properties donated $500 each. UIP Property Management gave $500, a senior vice president gave $250, and the company’s CEO David Zwieg chipped in $100 for good measure.
  • Novo Development Corporation, company of newly-appointed Zoning Commissioner Greg Selfridge, gave $500.
  • Fernando Lemos, founder of affordable housing developer Mi Casa, gave $100—not much, but significant because much of the affordable housing community has been upset with Fenty.
  • Vincent Policy, the Greenstein, DeLorme and Luchs lawyer who is threatening to challenge the constitutional basis of rent control should it be made permanent, gave $1,000.
  • Unrelated but fun: Big-time political consultant Elmendorf Strategies gave $2,000, Veep progeny Hunter Biden forked over $250, Coca Cola gave $2,000, and Democratic power broker Tony Podesta gave $500.

CAMP GRAY: Gray’s 2,261 donors include a ton of cab drivers, as well as quite a few teachers, unions, and:

  • (Darrow Montgomery)

    Zoning Commission chairman Anthony Hood gave $50.

  • Former Historic Preservation Review Board chairman Tersh Boasberg—who had no comment on the Fenty administration when I interviewed him a few months ago—gave $500.
  • Real estate lawyering powerhouse Holland & Knight gave $500.
  • The William N. Cafritz Trust, named for the brother of local real estate tycoon Conrad Cafritz and son of Morris, gave $2,000.
  • Nicholas Majett, a communications staffer for the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, gave $250.
  • Hamel Builders gave $1,000.
  • Michael Pitchford, president of the Community Preservation and Development Corporation, gave $1,000.
  • Former Ward 7 councilmember and massive developer H.R. Crawford gave $1,500 (making it $2,000 in 2010).
  • Richard Bradley, president of the Downtown BID, gave $500.
  • Joseph Horning, of residential and retail building owner Horning Brothers—which is also one of the partners developing Parcel 42—donated $2,000.