We've got an early glimpse at the latest mayoral fundraising numbers. The candidates, who will file their complete May fundraising numbers on June 10, reported their numbers for the last week of May yesterday. At the end of April, city council member Tim Burgess, who has since dropped out of the race, was the leading fundraiser, followed by state Sen. Ed Murray and council member Bruce Harrell.
With Murray unable to fundraise while the legislature is back in session, Harrell's and McGinn's strong initial reports from May show that they're making the most of Murray's fundraising absence.
Today's first winner: Mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell.
Seattle City Council member Harrell, who's running for mayor, reported raising more than any other candidate during the last week of May: $56,510, $10,000 more than the second runner-up, incumbent Mike McGinn, who raised $41,986 in the last week of May. (Harrell's number includes a $5,000 loan Harrell made to his own campaign, bringing the true figure down to $51,510).
Interestingly, despite McGinn's strong support (and endorsements) from the East African community, Harrell's fundraising reports show dozens of contributions from East African cab drivers (many of them with addresses outside Seattle)—a sign that Harrell's financial support, at least, reaches beyond the traditional Southeast Seattle African American community.
His campaign reports that he held an an immigrant and new citizen event attended by taxi and other for hire drivers.
Today's second winner: Mayor Mike McGinn.
Despite the widespread belief that business interests would put their money elsewhere this mayoral election (as, indeed, some of them did when city council member Tim Burgess was still in the race), McGinn has garnered quite a bit of funding from business and development interests, including representatives of Vulcan, including former deputy mayor Phil Fujii and executive Ada Healey, \who gave more than $3,000, altogether, in the first week of May, Downtown Seattle Association board chairman John McCullough (who contributed $500), and Argosy Cruises and Seattle Chamber of Commerce board member Kevin Clark (who contributed $75).
There is a footnote on DSA board chair McCullough (whose land use and real estate law firm partner Jessica Clawson at McCullough, Hill, Leary also gave to McGinn). McCullough also gave $500 to Harrell on the same day.
McGinn's contributor list includes many names you'd expect to see to a sitting mayor known for his environmental bent—city employees as well as folks who work for the Sierra Club like regional director Kathleen Ridihalgh, Cascade Bicycle Club policy director Evan Manvel, and Forterra policy managing director Skip Swenson.
But his (continued) strong support from developers, particularly Vulcan—no surprise there given his longterm friendly relationship with them along with his recent proposal to give them more height and lower fees in the SLU deal), and downtown business interests could be a sign that it's too early to write McGinn off, despite his limp 22 percent polling numbers.
Of the other mayoral candidates, only Charlie Staadecker has reported his late-May contributions (which totaled $9,525, signaling that the long-shot candidate is running out of deep-pocketed friends to tap for contributions); of the remaining major candidates, former city council member Peter Steinbrueck hasn't reported, and as we noted: Murray can't raise money while the legislature is in session.