1. Mayor Mike McGinn had a relatively good fundraising month in April, reporting contributions of $28,601, bringing his total raised to $181,133. He has $104,785 on hand. That puts him well ahead of Bruce Harrell, who has $55,907 on hand, and slightly ahead of Tim Burgess, who has $100,249 on hand. (Burgess is far ahead of the rest of the pack in total fundraising, with a total of $231,979 raised.)
Mostly, McGinn's list of contributors includes mayoral staffers and city bureaucrats.
However, Some notable donors: Recent Portland Mayor Sam Adams ($100); Neumos owners Jason LaJeunesse (max $700) and Mike Meckling ($500); and longtime Low Income Housing Institute director Sharon Lee ($250).
Wisely (given that he doesn't need to establish name recognition), McGinn is holding off on spending so far—this month, he showed expenditures of just $2,662. We covered his rivals' latest fundraising numbers on Friday.
But here's a recap with McGinn's numbers added in: Burgess and Harrell raised the most last month. Burgess raised $36,000 and Harrell was at $34,000. McGinn came in third at $28,600. Peter Steinbrueck came in at $18,000.
As he has been for months while the state legislature is in session, state Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill) was barred from raising money for most of the month. He did hold a fancy fundraiser during the two week break between the regular session and the special session (which starts today). We'll have to wait to see his totals for the two-week drive, though one fundraising party brought in $20,000 his campaign says.
2. In other fundraising news, in the (unusually) low-profile City Council contests: Mike O'Brien challenger Albert Shen outpaced O’Brien. Shen raised more than $27,000 while O’Brien brought in $11,000. Shen also has twice as much on hand as O'Brien.
O'Brien has raised $41,000 total with $22,000 cash on hand. Shen, an engineering consultant, has raised $71,000 and has $46,000 on hand.
And as Erica noted in an Afternoon Jolt last week, Richard Conlin challenger Brian Carver brought in an impressive $25,000 last month to Conlin's $18,000 ... though Conlin is still far ahead in cash raised overall and cash on hand.
3. As for the special session, local business, environmental, and labor leaders have released a video calling on the legislature to pass the transportation funding package—Rep. Judy Clibborn's (D-41, Mercer Island) $8.4 billion propoasal— which Republicans don't like because they see the local option option as giving the green light to taxes. Nor do they like the full funding for the Columbia River Crossing project which includes light rail.
The GOP prefers the smaller senate version.
4. ESPN reports that Chris Hansen's has breathed life back into hopes that the Sonics could return to Seattle. Maybe.
The Maloofs have informed their fellow owners that if their deal to sell and relocate the Kings to Seattle is not approved by league owners next week, they will not sell the team to a Sacramento-based group that promises to keep the team in Sacramento, two sources told ESPN.com on Saturday.
The cash-strapped Maloofs have made a "backup" agreement with a Seattle-based group led by the deep-pocketed Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer to sell it 20 percent of the team for $125 million to allow the Maloofs to continue to operate the franchise, the sources said.
That new plan comes on the heels of Hansen's announcement on Friday that he had upped his offer to buy the Maloofs' 65 percent of the Kings from $358 million to $409 million, which would boost the estimated value of the team at sale to $625 million.
The NBA may make a decision this week.