By Kevin Crowe and Ryann Grochowski
Councilman Carl DeMaio is the single largest contributor to candidate campaigns so far in the City of San Diego. He has dumped about $450,000 into his own campaign coffers through contributions and loans.
As the mayoral candidates filed another set of campaign finance reports yesterday, DeMaio’s self-financing helped put him on top in terms of fundraising. He brought in $286,313 in the first two and a half months of 2012, which brings his total receipts for the election to more than $1.2 million.
Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher came in second in total fundraising with $218,000 in cash so far this year, and about $964,000 in total receipts for the election. But, when DeMaio’s own money is taken out of the equation, Fletcher leads in fundraising from donors outside his own campaign.
San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis trailed both of her Republican opponents, posting $118,000 in cash raised so far this year, and more than $600,000 total for the election.
Congressman Bob Filner, the lone Democrat in the race, has brought in $99,000 in cash this year, and has gathered about $320,000 in total receipts since January of last year.
City Council Districts 1 and 7 are heating up in terms of fundraising. District 1 candidate Raymond Ellis has outraised incumbent Sherri Lightner so far this election by more than $60,0000.
Matthew Kostrinsky and Scott Sherman are posting big numbers in the race for the Distrcit 7 seat, and both have just less than $80,000 in cash on hand.