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1. January fundraising numbers for the pack of mayoral candidates are in and Seattle City Council member Tim Burgess raised the most money last month, bringing in $31,000. Real estate broker and bow-tie-wearing arts patron Charlie Staadecker posted the next biggest number, raising $22,000 in January.

Mayor Mike McGinn raised about $16,000. Former City Council member Peter Steinbrueck raised $13,000. And council member Bruce Harrell raised $10,000. State Sen. Ed Murray, who's not allowed to raise any money while the legislature is in session, transfered about $6,000 worth in contributions back to his legislative account. For now.

Murray, who did a fundraising blitz in December before the session started, is still in the lead when it comes to cash on hand; he's got $90,000. Burgess is in second with $60,000. McGinn is in third with $50,000. Staadecker has $36,000. Steinbrueck has about $14,000. And Harrell's at about $12,000. Greenwood activist Kate Martin, who had about $100 last month, hasn't reported any January numbers.

Clarification from our original post: Murray reports spending $23,000, but his campaign says about half of that money was on December startup costs, actually putting their monthly burn rate at about $13,000. 

That means Burgess spent the most money in January, about $16,000.

2. Harrell's report doesn't capture his packed campaign kickoff at the First AME Church last Thursday in Capitol Hill, though. 

According to the Harrell campaign's follow-up fundraising letter, there were "tears"—and "a movement for a new beginning ... has begun."

Wow, what a remarkable turnout — standing room only! Hundreds of people from across the city attended last week's Kick Off party — a movement for a new beginning in Seattle has begun. An inspirational speech that drew tears motivated a team who wants change.

3. Speaking of the mayor's race, there's reportedly a poll in the field. On her Facebook page last night, political operative Cindi Laws posted: "Just took part in an 8-minute, horribly written poll on the Seattle mayoral race. Questions included unannounced candidates Sally Clark and Ron Sims (guy kept saying 'Simmonds'. He also couldn't pronounce 'Peter Steinbrueck').

Asked push-poll 'questions' sounding more like statements, such as 'do you think the widespread crime rate is a big concern or a little concern' and so on. Also asked whether I would support city councilmembers elected at large or by districts (the latter!)."

Fizz check on "widespread crime rate." Major crimes such as murder, robbery, and rape, are down over the last decade.

And property crime is down slightly as well.  Violent crime is up slightly in the last couple of year—though that's due to a spike in domestic violence. Otherwise, violent crime would be down.

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