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Bowser Leads D.C. Mayoral Money Race With $465,000 Haul

Bowser is collecting campaign cash at a quick pace.
Bowser is collecting campaign cash at a quick pace.

Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) is leading the D.C. mayoral money race, laying claim to $465,272.30 in campaign contributions from May through the end of July.

According to campaign finance reports, Bowser's campaign has been frugal, spending only $40,317.05 in that time, leaving her with $424,955.25 for the march towards the April 1 Democratic primary.

Her colleague Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) collected $377,028.76 in contributions in the same time period, and has $304,440.84 remaining in the bank. Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) took in $268,107.99 and has just under $200,000 on hand. Political neophyte and State Department official Reta Jo Lewis posted a $75,283.06 haul, $62,738.87 of which remains unspent.

Wells was quick to spin his fundraising totals, noting that he took contributions from 1,083 individual donors, more than either Evans (434) or Bowser (943). Wells has said that he will not accept corporate or bundled campaign contributions, while both Evans and Bowser took them in this round of fundraising. (Evans, for example, took $20,000 in contributions from a single address.) Wells' haul did include just over $106,000 from his exploratory committee, though.

Mayor Vince Gray has not yet decided if he will run again, but said Wednesday that he had never entered a political race as early as his competitors. In 2010 he officially jumped into the mayoral contest only five months before the primary, besting a better-funded campaign by Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Since the victory, though, three of Gray's campaign aides have pleaded guilty to crimes related to payments to a third candidate and involvement in a $653,000 "shadow campaign" financed by a D.C. businessman. Gray has denied knowing of the illicit contributions.

The next round of campaign finance reports are due October 10.


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