After a jubilant re-election campaign kick-off Wednesday, Mayor Mike McGinn turned in a pretty dismal fundraising report for December. He reported raising a $7,985 in December, leaving him with almost $45,000 cash on hand. No wonder he didn’t mention money during his South Seattle speech Wednesday.
McGinn has been fundraising for awhile, so it’s not surprising that other well-known candidates beat him in their first month of fundraising. But they really did beat him by a lot. City Council member Tim Burgess announced yesterday he had raised $75,000 in December. State Sen. Ed Murray, who can’t fundraise during the Legislative session, raised more than $100,000 after announcing his campaign plans.
Even little-known candidate Charlie Staadecker, a commercial real estate agent with no political experience, raised more than $13,000 in December. He, too, has $45,000 in cash on hand, according to reports he filed with the city.
Former council member Peter Steinbrueck, whose fundraising figures are not yet posted on the city elections website, said he has raised about $10,000 since his announcement on Dec. 19.
Granted, McGinn ran a cheap campaign in 2009 and won anyway. But he’s already set up his campaign to cost more money in 2013, hiring consultants and a professional treasurer and fundraiser to help him.